If you run with the crunchy or semi-crunchy crowd, chances are good that you have heard of the delightful, bubbly brew known as kombucha. Now kombucha has been around for centuries – it’s quite simply fermented tea — but it seems as though the general public is just catching on to this magical elixir in the West in recent years. Known for its healthful qualities, you would be well-advised to include this effervescent beverage in your diet. While kombucha can get a little pricey if you purchase it at the store regularly, brewing it at home is simple and affordable. Check out The Big Book of Kombucha for a comprehensive look at all things kombucha. In the meantime, this is How to Make Your Own Kombucha at Home so you can get started today!
What you need
- Scoby and starter liquid (no, this is not some alien life form, though it closely resembles one)
- Glass container for brewing, a one-gallon glass jar is fine to start with
- A breathable, cotton cloth large enough to cover the jar opening, plus rubber band to secure it
- Tea (black is good), filtered water (no chlorine), and sugar
- A pot for brewing tea on the stove
- Spoon for stirring sugar into tea
Brewing the kombucha
- Prepare 3 quarts of black tea according to directions on the package. Use only filtered water, free of chlorine.
- When tea has steeped, add ¾ c. of sugar and stir until dissolved, let tea cool; if too hot it will kill your scoby or crack your glass jar (and we wouldn’t want that!).
- After the tea has cooled pour it into your gallon glass container, slip the scoby in, and pour the starter liquid over the top.
- Finish by covering the container tightly with the breathable cotton cloth and rubber band.
Now sit back and let your kombucha bubble. In 7-14 days it will be ready for a taste test; if you like it, start the process over and keep on crafting that kombucha!
Some think that you can’t have a truly “clean” environment when you live a homesteading lifestyle. However, natural cleaning remedies have just as many antibacterial properties as their man-made counterparts. They also don’t have any of the harsh chemicals, making them safer for both humans and animals. Making your own cleaners from home saves you a lot of money and it doesn’t even take much effort! Here’s how to clean each area of your home with Homemade Cleaning Solutions made from multi-purpose ingredients already in your pantry.
Homesteading means a lot of preparing your own meals. Because of this, you want to make sure that your kitchen surfaces are as clean as possible. Making food on dirty countertops and cutting boards is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Fortunately, you don’t need any harsh store-bought cleaners to kill these germs.
White vinegar is the perfect substance to use for disinfecting since it contains acetic acid. It can also cut through grease and grime that’s been sitting on kitchen surfaces for too long. Wiping down your counters with a water-vinegar mixture will kill any bacteria. To make them smell nice and fresh, you can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.
Clean dishes and silverware are just as important as clean counters, if not more so! If you have a dishwasher, you can use your white vinegar/water mixture in place of regular dish soap. All you need are a couple of drops in the detergent holder. Next, fill it up most of the way with baking soda. Fill it the rest of the way with salt to prevent hard water build-up.
Don’t forget to clean the dishwasher itself once in a while! Place a bowl filled with vinegar on the top rack for one cycle. Next, mix one cup of baking soda with a drink mix or essential oil. This will make your dishwasher smell fresh while eliminating any lingering germs from your dishes.
The bathroom is probably the most notoriously dirty place in your household, so it’s important to keep it clean! To freshen up your shower, fill a spray bottle with baking soda, water, ammonia, and white vinegar. Let it sit for at least five minutes, then wipe the foam away with a wet towel.
Cleaning the toilet is also a breeze with natural cleaners. All you need to do is pour one cup of baking soda into the bowel and let it sit for an hour. Next, add a cup of vinegar. Let it work for a few more minutes, flush, and you’re done!
No matter what kind of floor you have, a natural cleaner can get the job done. For tiled floors, spray a vinegar-water mixture over the floor. Next, mix baking soda with water to create a paste for the grout. A thorough scrubbing will get rid of any mold or mildew.
For light carpet stains, dissolve two tablespoons of salt in white vinegar. If it’s a tough stain, you can also add a tablespoon of cornstarch. Always apply the mixture to the stain with a damp cloth and never pour it directly onto the carpet. Wooden floors are the easiest to clean: all you need is warm water and white vinegar!
Want the world to be able to see your newly spic-and-span house? Finish up by polishing those windows! For this, you’ll need a quarter cup each of rubbing alcohol and apple cider vinegar. Add two cups of hot water and a tablespoon of cornstarch.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it to your windows. You’ll be able to wipe them down without any streaks and restore their original shine!
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