A big part of what I do to make sure that I’m being as sustainable and self reliant as possible is to DIY (Do It Yourself) as much as possible. Usually when you DIY, you can save money, pick up some new skills, and a lot of other awesome things. When you DIY with food, you can cut out all of the additives that are in your food that you can’t pronounce and you have no idea what the consequences ingesting it are/will be.
When I first started getting into DIY, I thought that my DIY-ing was going to be limited by skills or money or time or something of that nature. While this is partially true (I wouldn’t want to run heating and cooling through an entire house – though I’d consider it), it was not nearly as limited as I figured it would be. You can do a lot more than you think you can, sometimes it takes time, sometimes it takes proper preparation and tools, and sometimes it just takes a willingness to try. Here are some things I currently DIY (and have written about). Not all of these links will be to posts of mine, but they are all resources I use when undertaking the project.
- Changing your own oil – I only occasionally do this these days. I couldnt get it done for cheaper than about $20 on my own, and if you look for coupons, you can find someone else to do it for that. The way they’ll get you though is by saying you need X, Y or Z done to your car, when you may not need it done at all.
- Home Canning
- Homemade yogurt
- Homemade Laundry Soap – liquid (It didnt work well the first time, but Im going to take another crack at it)
- Homemade Laundry Soap – powder
- Homemade vanilla
- Beer (Only done a few times)
- Cleaning Solution
- Fabric Softener
- Homemade Hard Apple Cider
There will be plenty more to come once I start to learn about more things I can do myself. I’d like to try cheese in the future, so look out for that. If you’d like any specifics about how I go about these projects and what I do to make them work out well enough, feel free to email me.