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Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally Paperback – February 14, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest; 1/15/08 edition (February 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762109041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762109043
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought my book from a book fair at work, and I am quite pleased with it. My book is hardcover. It gives me recipes for tons of products that I use everyday, from facial moisturizer to ketchup to lip balm. It also shows you how to make cleaning products, pet treats, and tons of other things. I recommend this book to anyone looking to save money on everyday items. Or you can use it to make products for yourself and your family that are more natural that contain less chemicals and additives. I've decided to stop buying things like commercial bath & body products. This book has shown me how easy it is to just make my own. And I know *exactly* what I put in everything!
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Over 1/2 of the book are food recipes. Wow, did *you* know you could make *muffins* at **home** and *save money*? Wow. I know *I* sure didn't. (sarcasm_mode:off)

Seriously, this book would have been better (and cheaper), if they focused more on the last parts of the book, making homemade remedies, cleaners, pet food, etc.

I agree with the one reviewer who was talking about the beer shampoo. It was, well, kind of lame. Some of the other recipes for cleaners and such are really good ideas. I would have given it a higher rating if they did more homemade remedies/etc.
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While some of the products are questionably cheaper than commercial products, most of the recipes I have tried are solid, reliable, and effective. I personally like the homemade laundry soap recipe out of here; it's as effective as the premium brands, but costs about as much as the bargain brands to make.

While I doubt I buy the fresh tomatoes to make and process my own ketchup, there are still many other treats that I will continue making. A good purchase for the price.
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Having read through several books from making your own household cleaners to beauty products, this book is the worst compilation of recipes. You are better off getting books that are specific to that topic (and also have better recipes). I have to agree with other reviews that the book is more food recipes than anything else. Also, by the time you purchase these cheaper ingredients, they will cost more than buying a bottle of ketchup or mayo on sale. You also have to remember that some of the homemade products do not have a long shelf life...something to consider if you don't use a product very often or have a small/single household.

Speaking from experience on making these products...some of the recipes in this book are more complicated or have more ingredients that what's really necessary. One recipe called for raisins in dog food/biscuits. Grapes and raisins are not good for dogs and quite honestly not a necessary ingredient to make dog biscuits. Honestly, spend your money on other books because this one serves as a poor reference.
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This is a great book and I'm glad I bought it. That being said, a few points:
Just because something is homemade, that doesn't mean it is good for you or good for the environment. The book doesn't claim it's "green", but you kind of get that impression from comments on certain recipes.
Alot of the food recipes are just plain dumb. Maybe it's geared towards people who buy packaged EVERYTHING, but I'm not one who ever bought packaged muffins, so it isn't earth shattering to me that I can save money by making my own.
The cleaning recipes are awesome. I'd buy the book just for that.
The personal care ones are pretty good too.
Overall, a great book!
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This is a great book for natural-healthy recipes for everyday foods that we buy from the stores that have added sugar, preservatives, and junk we don't need. I am thrilled with the amount of recipes for food items as well as the around the house cleaners and body products! The recipes are easy to follow as my 11 year old has had no problem making her first cake from scratch.
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I felt that this book wasn't really what I was looking for...a lot of the recipes in here are only half "homemade" and I felt that the author(s) weren't really as knowledgeable or passionate about the subject matter as I would've liked. I would definitely recommend purchasing "Better Basics for the Home" instead.
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i just got this book in today and i was flipping through it and it has more recipes for food than anything else. there is one 'recipe' for shampoo that is called beer shampoo.
ingredients are 3/4 cup of beer and one cup of any kind of shampoo
and thats it. i kind of expected to see more. its paperback, and about 400 pages
it has other things like play clay for kids to back pain remedies also
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