The following are the sustainable recipes and resources mentioned in Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth for cleaning up your Hobbit-hole. You can thank Patience for much of this—as I have—because she did a lot of the research to find these alternatives to which she has added her own twists.
One of the books you’ll need once you get to preserving food is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving It’s pretty much The Bible on the subject. Everything you need to know is in there, and lots of recipes, too.
Hobbit Mama’s Cleaners
Hobbit Mama’s All-Purpose Shire-Cleaner
This simple spray cleaner will replace most of the orcish ones in your house. We use it on all surfaces, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. You need a 1 quart spray bottle, in which you mix the following ingredients:
• 3/4 cup of water
• 1/4 cup of vodka or other clear alcohol
• 1 tablespoon of liquid Castille soap. You can get it unscented, or with scents.
• 3 cups of distilled white vinegar
• Shake it up and spray anywhere you would normally use a spray cleaner.
Hobbit Mama’s Carpet Cleaner
This is for use in a rental carpet cleaner—like Rug Doctor—instead of their chemical laden product. It’s cheaper, too. In one gallon jug/container, mix the following:
• 1/4 cup Super Washing Soda
• 3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1/4 cup organic liquid dish detergent/or laundry detergent
• Fill with very hot tap water, and shake to make sure powder dissolves.
• Fill machine tank and clean away!
Hobbit Mama’s Middle-Earth Friendly Laundry Detergent
Mix the following dry ingredients in a large container—Patience reused our old laundry powder container (20 lb size from Costco).
• 1 box of Twenty Mule Team Borax (76oz)
• 1 box Super Washing Soda (55oz)
• 1 bar all natural soap (she used Dr. Brommer’s Castille Lavender w/hemp)
• grate the bar soap, finely (you can use a cheese grater, or put it in your food processor—the finer the better)
• Use as you would normal laundry powder.
Hobbit Mama’s Baking Soda Toothpaste
A fluoride free toothpaste that eliminates not only the orcish poison, but also the orcish plastic tube that most paste comes in. Since the following recipe is so simple, we’re just going to send you to another Hobbit for the recipe, over at DIY Natural.
Gamgee’s Garden Tips
There are some weeds that are just going to grow and they grow in places where we don’t want them. For the ones in the sidewalk cracks or away from plants I do want, I use the following, simple, 100% non-toxic recipe that I call Gamgee’s Grass-Slayer. You mix it all in a garden pump-sprayer and spray away! Don’t get it on anything you don’t want to kill though!
• 1 gallon white vinegar (organic preferably)
• 2 cups of table salt
• 2 tablespoons of dish soap
• For full instructions, see my article and the video: Weed Whippers, Dog S@*t, and an Alternative for RoundUp