Category Archives: Zero Waste Living

Different Ways I Use Soapberries For A Natural Clean

by Texas Homesteader~

I was thrilled to find a soapberry tree growing in our NE Texas property. I found it far back in a remote pasture. The berries on the tree had already turned yellow in those cool autumn days.

As a matter of fact, it was the yellow orbs that attracted my attention to the three. So I took photos of the tree, leaves, bark and the berries and sent them to my extension agent for proper identification.

She reported back that the tree was a Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii) 

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Soap Grows On Trees! Using Soapberries For A Natural Shampoo

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

The Western Soapberry Tree (or Sapindus saponaria ssp. drummondii) is native in North America. I make my own all natural zero-waste shampoo with the berries I harvest. It’s all I’ve used for nearly 10 years now.

Using Soapberries for a natural shampoo is easy on your hair and easy on your budget. It's true - soap really DOES grow on trees! #TexasHomesteader

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Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

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I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years. Will I ever be truly zero waste? Probably not. But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted. One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.

Buy – Use – Throw Away – REPEAT… 

PLUS not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable razor I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste!

I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous. Aren’t they dangerous? Maybe I’ll cut myself?

As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded. A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.

A Safety Razor is a great zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TexasHomesteader

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