Thursday, May 8, 2014

blog moved

i actually got a real domain now.
And after a couple of days of technical difficulties it's up and running! yay :)

so if you care to read anything i may post in the future, please go to

see you there! :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cloth diaper de-stink

So, I used homemade cloth diaper detergent for my diapers for about a year and it worked great!
I never had to strip them, because there was no issue with soap build up or anything....well, maybe I should have stripped them anyway...because as soon as they got just a little but wet they smelled! -horrible!
So I washed them over and over again, which didn't help. Then I bough some of the Rocking Green Funk Rock (which is expensive!...especially when you're used to the price of homemade detergent..). So I used it like it said...twice...and the diapers still smelled :(
So I was thinking, "I can't keep using this stuff over and over again with no result. It's expensive!", but I can't keep using stinky diapers, that's gross!
"Should I just throw my diapers out and get new ones?" Well, I really didn't wanna do that, because I had payed for those diapers and I really liked them and they were in really good condition (except for the smell).

So I thought I'd try de-stinking them one more time and this time do it different.
And it worked!!! :)

This is what I did:

Fill bathtub with hot/very warm water.
Add recommended amount of Funk Rock.
Add diapers.
Let sit really long. I think I left mine for about six hours.
Drain water.
Wash in washer.
Sniff the diapers.
Find out that the diapers are still smelly :/  -but better! :)
Fill bathtub again.
This time add lavender essential oil to the water.
Add diapers.
Let sit over night.
Wash in washer with seventh generation liquid detergent.
Sniff again.
Be excited, because they now smell good! :)
Then wonder if it's just because the lavender might cover the smell and if they will start stinking again once peed on.

So I put them on my little guy.... and they didn't get gross! yaaaay!
Even while in the wetbag waiting to be washed, they no longer smell like something died in there haha

It's been about a week now since they were de-stinked and they still smell good.

I've been using seventh generation detergent, because i wasn't sure if the homemade detergent caused them to stink.
But then again I wonder why it didn't stink for a whole year. Did my kids pee change?
Should I change back to homemade detergent and just make sure to de-stink once in a while, before the stink builds up?
Or should I stay with seventh generation detergent? Is it good for long term cloth diaper washing?

Why I'm into all this natural stuff

Most people will think you're a little bit weird if you cloth diaper, use essential oils, try to grow your own food, try to make things rather than just running to the store and buying them, simply because most people aren't used to these things and therefore don't understand (and often don't even want to understand).

Well...I am one of those "weird" people!

And here's why:

I always liked animals and crafty things, so I think that's where my love for the idea of homesteading comes from. But when I was pregnant with my first (and so far my only) baby I started researching all kinds of things and during this time of research I stumbled across a lot of very interesting information about natural remedies vs modern medication, as well as how our food is produced.

I found out American cows don't eat grass, are therefore sick and because they are all sick they are fed tons of antibiotics.

I found out that most of the food industry as well as the medical industry is primarily looking to make money rather than trying to do the best for the people who will end up using their products.

I found out there are natural remedies for pretty much everything and they don't have all those side effects modern medicine does. Aaaaaand the only reason these natural remedies are no longer used as our main medication, is that they can't be patented and therefore there's less money to make.

I learned alooot of other things, but I don't want to bore you by listing all of them, because most of you probably already know....because you are into that kind of stuff as well and maybe that's even why you found my blog today.

So after thinking and praying over all this newly learned information I've come to the conclusion, that everything that was created by GOD is far better (for us and the planet and far more useful without all the bad side effects) than anything humans make in some lab.

And this is why I like being "weird", and also the reason why I started this blog.
Please come join me in my "weirdness" haha

Hello :)


Welcome to my blog :)

So, I'm starting this blog, to write about all kinds of things like homesteading, gardening, natural remedies recipes for natural products (like deodorant and soap), cloth diapering...and anything else that I find interesting and would love to share with you guys! :)

In case you're wondering why the name "HappyHomemades"...well, I started this blog about two years ago and didn't know what to call it, so I decided to name it after my dog "Happy" haha (and I also thought "happy" would fit, because I really am happy about these things I want to write about) and then add the "homemades" because I like homemade stuff and a majority of my posts will be about homemade things and how to make them.
Since I am currently using the free version of blogger, I am thinking about maybe changing the name if I ever switch to a paid page....buuut if I did that I'd have to come up with something better first haha

Oh and in case you're wondering why I wrote that I started this two years ago, but there are no posts yet, except for this one...well, I got a little lazy and then eventually forgot about the blog. So here I am again, I've deleted all the old (and boring) posts and am restarting this whole thing. And yes, I am determined to stick with it this time.

So, I hope you enjoy my little blog and come back to read more in the future.

Thanks for hanging out over here :)
God bless you! Have a nice day!