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From raising chickens, to gardening, running a home office to cooking gourmet meals, Wendy keeps everything moving forward. Andy maintains everything, including the cars, tractor, snow blower and soap factory. We get dirty and clean up all day long.

Since she was a tiny 2 day old chick, Goldie wanted to live in our coop, otherwise known as our house. When Archie, the rooster we intentionally bought, pulled out too many of Goldie's feathers and drew blood on her crest, we thought she wouldn't last the night in the coop with the flock. When they see red, especially blood, they all instinctively turn from sweet chicks into killers. She recuperated in a cage in our mudroom for about 6 weeks. Cleaning up every day after her was a task for the Waterless Hand Soap.

Oct 13, 2021

Hot Pepper Paste Recipe

Hot Pepper Paste a quick, delicious and nutritious addition to any meal.

The recipe and my technique is below.

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Sep 24, 2021

Soap is Watery

Hello, I am really trying to purchase more environmentally conscious products. However, I followed the directions for the mixture and find it very watery. I use a loofa to wash with and put a squirt of the solution...which goes right thru with no suds. Perhaps the soap bar is a better solution for me.


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Sep 08, 2021

Ithaca Soap's Sustainable Packaging

Liquid Soap Refill is packaged in a paper bag. It weighs 80% less than other liquid soaps and frees up 50% shipping space. Just add water at home in a recycled bottle that didn't go to the landfill.

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Aug 30, 2021

Car Wash

Car wash and car mechanic hand wash detergents, solvents, greases, fluids, and even that new car smell can be toxic. Most of those things are part of car ownership. The car wash and hand wash detergents can be swapped out for more pleasing, more effective, less polluting biodegradable eco-friendly soap.

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Aug 17, 2021

Vacation in Upstate NY

Check out Phoenicia and the famed Woodstock. Stop in The Nest Egg on Main Street, Phoenicia, NY for Ithaca Soap and LiXTiK Lip Balm. Make your camping trip a little more comfortable.

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Aug 10, 2021

Waterless Hand Soap is made in Upstate New York

The history of the word "manufacture" for many centuries, was a single skilled artisan, sometimes with with assistants. Each artisan kept the secrets of the production and transferred the knowledge only to apprentices. Production was limited to manual operations.

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Aug 02, 2021

Blueberry Custard Pie with fresh apples

Sustainable food near me or you is a mindset and lifestyle that adds to your state of health and well being. Get to know your farmers and their markets, restauranteurs and grocers who support small farms. Join a food coop. Learn to garden, even if it's a few pots of herbs on your windowsill. Eating something so fresh will change your perspective and overall outlook on life.

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Jul 27, 2021

New Location

We love P and C Fresh in Ithaca, NY, and our soap has been moved from our own isle display to an end cap. It's easy to find right there by the checkout.

They have The Liquid Soap Refill. It's the wave of the future, in 3 easy steps.1. Empty contents of bag into container.2. Add water and stir. Soap noodles dissolve in minutes.3. Pour liquid soap into your dispenser.

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Jul 20, 2021

Liquid Hand Soap Refill phase II

Liquid Hand Soap Refill and so much more. Phase II soap noodles dilute at home now available in Lavender, Peppermint and Unscented. Sign up for auto delivery and save 20%.

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Jul 13, 2021


I like it when shopping on line, adding your phone number to an order in the shopping cart is "optional". For some reason, it changed and is not optional at the moment on this website. I have contacted support and they are looking into it. If you want to place an order and do not wish to receive a text message, read on. Bypass the required phone number and text message in the shopping cart, when ordering. Instead of entering your phone number, type in your area code and 555-5555 to get through the shopping cart.

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Jul 05, 2021

Liquid Soap Refill everywhere

Here is my fiberglass laundry sink. It has removable legs, so when gardening season is over, and it's time to drain the hoses, I pack up the sink and move it either to my natural dye studio that is under cover or storage for the winter.

I have a soap dispenser with Liquid Soap Refill in it for easy hand washing, a sponge, and a beautiful head of organic Grosse Blonde Paresseuse lettuce. There is nothing like picking a head of lettuce washing off the mud splatter from all of the delicious thunderstorms we get in my handy sink, bringing it in the house and making lunch. Fresh food is more than nutritious. It's the energizing gift of the universe.

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Jun 30, 2021

samples are back!

Samples are back at the Ithaca Farmers Market and we are giving out LiXTiK Lip Balm tastes. If you haven't tried LiKTiK, come to the Ithaca Farmers Market to booth 6 Sat.9-3 and Sun. 10-3. Andy will there.

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Jun 14, 2021

DIY Liquid Soap

Go Plastic Free. Use this coupon phaseII for 15% off a Gallon of DIY Liquid Soap Refill in the checkoutIMAGE Alt Text

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May 28, 2021

Use Waterless Hand Soap for cleaning everything.

The Waterless Hand Soap has multiple uses for daily cleaning chores:

for the chicken coop cleaning cat litter box cleaninggarden tool basket for hand washingoffice cleaning, including computer, phones, devices, printers, desktopin the car for windows, car interior, and exterior, and grocery wash in the kitchen as a veggie washin the bathroom for cleaning all fixtureshouse cleaning, including windows and floorsin my purse or pocket for hand washing on the go, before eating, and in public restrooms IMAGE Alt Text

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May 17, 2021

diy liquid soap

The Liquid Hand Soap Refill is a great way to diy organic sudsy liquid soap. It feels good on your hands while doing dishes. Or use it as a shower wash. IMAGE Alt Text

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Leave your lips moist and smooth for many hours. Soothes severely chapped lips.


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soap and money

How much soap money does a shower cost you?

Let's say you spend $3.00 on a bar of soap and it lasts for 7 days of showers. That's $.43 per shower. 

For your next bar of soap, you spend $8.50. That seems like a lot of money, except it lasts for 8 weeks or 56 showers. That's $.15 cents per shower. F.Y.I.: One bar lasts me and Andy 6 weeks of daily showers - 84 showers.

Good soap is cost effective. More

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