By Lacy Razor
Easy Homemade Soap
- Most of the commercial soap bars that line typical grocery store shelves are actually synthetic detergents.
- When soap is properly made and cured, the soap no longer contains lye, as the chemical reaction has converted the alkali (lye), water, oils and fats into saponified oils, fats and glycerin (see “How Lye Becomes Soap”).
- We absorb 60 percent of the substances we put on our skin. So, anything you put on your skin will get under your skin.
- The average person’s morning hygienic routine, including shaving, showering, applying cologne, deodorant, make-up or lotion, puts him or her into contact with more than 100 chemicals before breakfast.
- Hand washing is the single most effective thing you can do to reduce the spread of colds and other infectious disease.
- Using germicidal soaps too often may produce antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Using regular soap and washing your hands regularly is your best defense against germs, bacteria and illness.
Keep Up with Large Equipment Upkeep
Seasonal maintenance will help ensure your mowers, tractors, and implements stay running smoothly all year long.
Barns and Outbuildings: Plan With the Future in Mind
Plan your barns and outbuildings with the future in mind, says this long-time farmer, whose “small” operation has outgrown several barns and sheds — and isn’t done yet.
Lawn Mower Safety Tips
Lawn mower safety tips to remember when using an electric lawn mower, a push lawn mower and a riding lawn mower.