Get our expert advice on homemade options for laundry soap.
These cheap and easy homemade baby wipes will make your baby’s bottom and your pocketbook healthy and happy.
If you have a lot of excess scrap paper like I do, it’s time to put that waste to better use. Read this do-it-yourself article about how to make your own homemade, recycled paper, and then get to work turning trash into treasure.
From pig to plate, learn how to make homemade sausage patties grandma’s way and use rendered fat for more cooking.
Instructions for building a cold smoker (and three other things you can do with steel oil drums).
Use your extra screwdriver bits to build stubby screwdrivers suitable for small spaces.
Make you own inexpensive, pampering - and edible - homemade face mask with this simple recipe. Enjoy!
Make a delicious homemade bread with this easy tutorial.
Learn to make Queso Blanco, by far the easiest cheese in my opinion, as the only ingredients are whole milk and white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you like).
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Homemade vodka is easy to make and tastes great. Stay tuned — MOTHER EARTH NEWS has an article coming up next year about Artisan Alcohol Distilling.
This traditional recipe for Potatiskorv, or Swedish potato sausage, is delicious, simple and hearty.
Jessica Kellner, managing editor with Natural Home magazine, talks with Deborah Niemann-Boehle about how easy it is to make bread at home.
Learn which homemade garden sprays are most effective for organic pest control.
Learn whether you need to locate a butter churn for making homemade butter.
Learn how to make a pinwheel for a fun, outdoors toy.
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
This simple DIY project is a great way to display this seasons' holiday greetings, or to keep your mail organized. The materials are free or low-cost, depending on what’s in your recycling bin and craft or junk drawer!
I wanted a DIY natural cleaner for stainless steel appliances, because I don't use all those terrible chemical-filled products that I was tricked into buying 10 years ago. How do I clean without the name brand products that promise to make life easy and clean your stainless steel products? Let me tell you my secret.
This recipe will have naan on your table in no time to accompany your Indian dishes, and it will provide a quick and easy snack in a pinch.
Stormy spring days mean it’s time for a new loaf of homemade sourdough bread.
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients, under 5 minutes.
This recipe provides delicious bread with minimal time commitment and plenty of room to explore the wonders of homemade bread.
Ten easy holiday pantry gifts that you can make at the last minute.
Jonathan Sadowski shares what motivates him to be a bread baker. He then provides a preview of what to expect from his future posts.
New England’s favorite homemade biscuit recipe is made even better with whole-grain Khorasan.
Check out this delicious, refreshing treat that comes in handy when there are too many blueberries to know what to do with.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
You can save money and improve your helaht by making more foods from scratch in your own kitchen. Sign on for October Unprocessed, and kick the processed food habit for one full month (at least for starters!). Check out some deliciously simple recipes to get you started.
Take control of your food with a return to the kitchen, and learn to love the time you spend there cooking with your family.
Ten easy-to-make homemade soup recipes from Eating Well magazine that are suitable for any occasion.
You can create refreshing-flavored waters and sodas right from your backyard. Homemade waters and sodas are easy, cost effective and healthy.
HOMEGROWN.org unwraps its 2013 holiday gift guide, featuring lots of homemade presents, as well as a few stocking stuffers for under $20.
I used my homemade ricotta cheese in a number of ways, the best was in a pumpkin lasagna dish we shared with my family at Christmas dinner.
Here's some hints on how to juggle cheese-making among the many other homesteading chores. Mozzarella and cheddar can both be woven in while doing other tasks, but there's nothing like clabbered cheese for ease of making.
Simple and old-fashioned, homemade fried pies are a good Sunday afternoon dessert that even the kids can help with.
Today's FAIR attendees will be well prepared to grow, make and preserve their own food and, as Joel Salatin encourages, get out of the Industriall food system.
Kick toxic chemicals to the curb and make your own natural lotion using just a few ingredients. Making homemade lotion is an easy, fun and creative process.
One workshop at the Puyallup, Wa., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was on learning how to make butter, hosted by Organic Valley.
Quick report from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. Stonyfield Farm supplied ingredients for awesome, fresh-made ice cream.
Quick report from the Treehouse club at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
My MAX car got licensed with the local DOT to run on vegetable oil fuel and pay its proper taxes per gallon. Each state has its own rules; here's how we do it in Oregon.
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
To make liquid hand soap all you need is a bar of soap and a cheese grater. What could be easier?
Giving handmade gifts will save money while showing the recipient that you care. Homemade sugar scrub, rice pillows, glass magnets and iPod covers are all easy to make and exciting to receive. Spend time, not money, to give the perfect holiday or birthday gift.
Making your own homemade toothpaste from coconut oil is easy, fun and can be healthier and less expensive than store-bought versions.
Build an inexpensive bicycle trailer out of upcycled walkers and other easy-to-find materials.
Store-bought deoderants contain aluminum and other harmful substances that find their way into your bloodstream. Try this recipe for natural homemade deodorant that uses baking soda with coconut oil and essential oil to create a effective and safe alternative.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
Celebrate those gardeners and birders in your life by making them homemade holiday gifts this year.
Get started making your own charcuterie with this easy Garlic Sausage Recipe. By making your own sausage from scratch, you can use your own quality meat, customize the flavorings and leave out anything artificial.
Resist popping tabs this season and get familiar with the ultimate cola cure: soda syrups made from fresh fruits and herbs.
It took a year for Ilene White Freedman to make homegrown, homemade Ancho-Chili Powder. Find out how she did it.
Just in time for holiday season (and good all year long), you can use tart, just-picked apples to create a flavorful apple butter that’s perfect to give — or keep.
Try your hand at this amazing sourdough crackers recipe.
My favorite source for raw peanuts in bulk, and how to make homemade peanut butter.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
This recipe is a great introduction to all the joys and possibilities the world of home made pizza represents.
This Blueberry-Infused Homemade Bread recipe has a unique taste and color that will find a tasty use for any large blueberry harvest.
A hundred-year-old recipe for turning apple trimmings into vinegar yields mixed results, but lots of nostalgic fun.
All things good accomplished with some old lumber and a nice summer day.
A really nutritious snack for the kids, and they can, ummm, play with it!
Make these tasty and chewy caramels. They are a festive treat that takes on a homespun flavor with the addition of Sorghum.
You can easily make homemade mozzarella in 30 minutes or less!
How to make your own homemade deodorant that really works!
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
Curing your own bacon is so simple that anyone can do it. Here's how to do so, complete with recipe and step-by-step.
Save money and have a healthier home with these ideas for assembling your own green cleaning tool kit. Plus, get our recipe for Lemon-Mint Window Wash.
Use Epsom salt, lemon, aloe vera and other simple ingredients to clean up your kids when they have stubborn, sticky summer grime.
Upcycle abandoned shopping carts into funky shopping cart furniture that is both fun and functional. This DIY shopping cart project takes some elbow grease, but is well worth the results.
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
Looking for a great home metalworking project? Follow these DIY patio furniture instructions to build scrap-metal furniture for your patio.
Save money and win your sweetie's heart with a beautifully set table and handmade candy hearts this Valentine's Day.
Your simply imperfect arsenal for getting the whole house clean--naturally.
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
Save money and keep harsh chemicals out of your kitchen by making your own dishwasher detergent. It takes just seconds to make a powdered or liquid version.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers recently named dishwashing formula as their most desired DIY cleaner, so we’ve rounded up some easy and inexpensive dish de-griming recipes for your automatic dishwasher or for washing by hand.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
The only recipe you’ll ever need for wonderful homemade broths plus deliciously versatile chicken and veggie soup.
French Onion Soup au Gratin is a delicious, elegant soup, hearty enough for a meal in itself. Using your own homemade beef broth, you can create this soup for your family to enjoy at home.
Stretching one's food dollar is an important issue in today's life. So is nutrition. Here, learn how to make healthy, nutritious soup and bread for lunch or supper economically. You might even come to love winter just to have soup and bread!
How to revitalize your potting soil for another strong vegetable season. You can use your own compost and homemade fertilizer to give your container veggies the boost they need for the season.
There's nothing like an old cookbook filled with good recipes to warm your kitchen and your home!
Making a batch of homemade soap for family use can be done quickly and simply.
Debbie Mildfelt shares memories of her grandmother's stories, exploring the life of a large family on a small Kansas farm.
Donna Pellegrin shares her mother's stories of growing up on a fertile, bountiful farm during the Great Depression, and of the homesteading skills that kept them well fed.
Claire finds a recipe for hard lotion and makes molded lotion bars to give as Christmas presents.
Ellen Sandbeck, who has nearly a quarter century of experience as the Head Worm Wrangler of Laverme's Worms, writes about how to make and run a homemade vermicomposting bin.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
For those of us who hate to use chemicals in our gardens, in our homes, or with our livestock and pets, diatomaceous earth may be a safe and efficient substitute. It may worm your animals, rid them of fleas and lice and even handle indoor pests.