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Growing sprouts at home: update

July 28, 2010 • Paige

We have come a long way with sprouting since my last post about it!  Here are some pictures and the basics of how we’re sprouting at home.

You need:

  • a jar with a lid that allows air-flow
  • pantyhose and a rubber band works if you keep it pulled tight, or use a mason jar with some screen from the hardware store.
  • dry lentils (a quarter cup makes a jar full)

Rinse lentils well and soak in plenty of water for 12 hours.

Dump out the water, and rinse the lentils well.
Drain and set the jar on its side at an angle so water can drip out and does not “pool” in the jar.
– you can leave it on the counter. Don’t worry about dark or sunlight – it works no matter what!!

Every 6 – 12 hours, rinse in cool water and dump the water out.
Make sure plenty of air can flow through whatever lid you are using or the sprouts will go rancid, fast.
After your first or second rinse, lentils will look something like this:

This (below) is about a day and a half.  Let them grow for about two to three days before eating

This is about four days:

The same method works for Black Eyed Peas, however after the first day and a half (or so), you will need to dump them in a large bowl of water and pick out / pull off the hulls. It is labor intensive, and most people won’t bother. You also MUST to use a good brand of Black Eyed Peas – not the cheap store brand.

We use a dish rack because we make so much. The one in front is lentils, the other three are black eyed peas, all have been going for about four days when this picture was taken.

A tablespoon of black eyed peas will grow to fill a large mason jar after about four days – see?

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tie-dye with water from black beans (free vegetable based fabric dye)

July 25, 2010 • Paige
This one’s a little silly.

The water from preparing black beans always turns such a dark purple and I’ve wondered if it would make a good fabric dye. When I started making dinner last night I just grabbed a hopelessly stained shirt and tied it up with rubber bands.

This first photo is before I poured the second half of the black water in.  I let it soak for about three hours. And here is my tie-dye shirt after I rinsed and washed it.  Cute, and you can’t really find the stains any more. woo hoo!

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Shampoo alternatives – yes, they work.

July 7, 2010 • Paige

I quit using shampoo and conditioner, and so far I love it!!

I  have very thick hair, and I’ve shampooed and conditioned every single day.  I won’t skip a day unless I’m not leaving the house at all.   That is a LOT of chemical crud I can’t even pronounce being rubbed into my scalp and rinsing over my entire body.

Your hair is greasy the day after shampooing because the natural oils are stripped and so your scalp reacts by pumping out more oil.  Switching to a gentler hair washing routine keeps this from happening.

I tried skipping shampoo and rinsing my hair with an apple cider vinegar solution once or twice a week.  That worked pretty well and stripped off the build-up of crud in my hair but I was still shampooing most days. What I got from that was a glimpse at what my hair is like without all the crud in it – and I decided I’m going for it: no more shampoo!

Here’s what works for me:  
I rinse and gently scrub my scalp with my fingers every day, as before. Just plain water.

Every other day or so: Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in two cups of water, and pour over my head, rubbing gently into my scalp, and rinse. It feels really nice.

Once per week or so: 
Rinse with a weak apple cider vinegar solution, then follow up with baking soda solution if necessary. Try about a tablespoon of vinegar in two cups of water, and adjust strength to your liking.

That’s it!! My hair is not greasy.  It’s soft and shiny and smells good.  I wasn’t spending much on hair products in the first place but now I’m spending only a few pennies to keep my hair clean.

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Some observations about using home made laundry soap.

July 1, 2010 • Paige

I stopped washing our clothes with store-bought detergents about year ago. Now I can’t walk down the detergent aisle. The whole aisle is a nose-stinging cloud of perfumed chemicals. I had no idea till I quit the stuff!!

I’ve unearthed a few shirts from before I quit using commercial detergent and they feel waxy and gross.  I have to wash them in my home made laundry powder immediately.  

It is the same with liquid fabric softener.  These days I use a little bit of white vinegar and that’s it, sometimes half of a perfume free dryer sheet when the weather is dry and static is a problem.

How to make home made laundry soap

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