Monday, January 7, 2013

{Homamade Laundry Detergent Tutorial}

In the past two years, I have decided to make a change for the better. I eat more whole foods and I try to live as organically as possibly!!!!!! I LOVE it! My favorite part is making as much as I can from scratch. Not only is it normally cheaper, in the long run, to do so, but it also is better for you and you KNOW what all the ingredients are. That is definitely a plus in my book.
One day I was watching 17 and counting (or 18, 19, 20...IDK where they were at at this and they were making their own detergent...AWESOME! They mentioned that for 5 gallons of it, the cost was mere PENNIES per load. I thought to myself "and why isn't EVERYONE doing this?" You can't get any better than that! So the next time I went to the store, I picked up all the ingredients. I have adapted their recipe just a tad for a little more laundry POWER and slight scent and I think I like it more than the original. So here is goes!


1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap
2c. Borax
2c. Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
5 gallon bucket with lid
kitchen gloves (optional)
Paint Stir Stick or Long Handled Spoon

1. Grate the whole bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap. You can use a cheese grater, but I use my Microplane because it is SO MUCH FASTER!!!! Sorry I don't have a picture of this step :(
2. In a medium saucepan, fill about halfway with water. Add your grated soap and set to low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until all the soap has melted. Try not to stir too vigorously or you will cause bubbles.
3. While you are waiting for your soap to melt in the saucepan, run your tap water as hot as it will go and fill your 5 gallon bucket half way. Add both your Borax and Washing Soda to the water and stir. I use and old long handled spoon to stir (you wouldn't want to use it while cooking again after making this soap BTW) or you can use a paint stir stick.
4. Once the Washing Soda and Borax have dissolved and your soap has melted, add the soap mixture to the bucket and stir.
5. Once again run your tap water as hot as it will go and fill your bucket up the rest of the way.
6. Add 30 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil and 50 drops of Lavender Essential Oil...the Tea Tree oil has antibacterial properties (great for washing) and the Lavender oil just plain smells good. This step is optional, but I enjoy the smell overall smell of the laundry soap when done!
7. Stir everything well and walk away!!!! Your pretty much done at this point...
8. There is no set time here, but every so often you'll want to mix your soap as it cools down. As it cools, it is going to thicken up considerably and the more often that you mix it, the smoother it will be. However, even if you forget to stir, you can always break up the clumps later. I normally make mine early evening and by the time I go to bed it's about 80% cooled and I just give it one more stir when I wake up in the morning and then your good to go!
You now have FIVE GALLONS of laundry soap!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!! With my family of five, that normally lasts us about 6ish months, so for what you spent to make is DEFINITELY worth it!
I have a pitcher that I keep some in by my washer and dryer, so that you don't have to dip into the bucket each time...or keep that big ole' thing in your laundry room taking up space. When I wash I use roughly 1/4c. and that works great. It cleans wonderfully too because of the Borax (i'm assuming since it's a laundry booster).
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask...thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

{HELLO 2013}

It's a new year and I am turning over a new leaf! This year, I am setting goals for myself rather than resolutions as to not get disappointed with myself if I don't do as well as I hoped to (thanks Erin for the inspiration). So, this year my goals are to get healthy with my family, exercise more, stay up to date on my memory keeping, as well as procrastinating less, and be a better mother to my children.
By the end of the week my hope is to start the 30 Day Shred!
I am actually pretty excited about it honestly, but I am sure that will change once I actually HAVE opened it and stuck it in the DVD player. I REALLY want to do P90X, but right now it is a bit out of my price range...hopefully sometime this year!!! As, for my diet, my plan is to eat more whole foods and learn portion control. The food that we eat is not at all unhealthy, but the portions we have grown to eat are however. We hardly ever eat out...I cook real meals each night and we actually have family dinners where we sit at the many people still do that? I LOVE it! It give the kids some extra attention and I am there and able to see what everyone is eating and keep them focused on their meal. It's a work in progress, but it is worth every minute.
Have you ever heard of Project Life? This year I am starting on schedule and, let me say, I am SOOOOO Over the Moon excited about it. With some Christmas money I purchased a Canon Selphy photo printer so that I can print my picture from home and not get behind WAITING to make it to the store and print them. I am still waiting on it to arrive, but as soon as it does I will do a little review to let you know what I think of it!
I also decided to subscribe to Studio Calico's Project Life kit, so each month I will be getting new goodies to use in my album....I think that I am MOST excited about this!!!!!!!
And in hopes to stay organized and on top of things, I decided to buy the TOTALLY AWESOME Raskog cart from Ikea...isn't it pretty???
Last night I finished my title page from my 2013 took me a while to get back into the swing of scrapbooking again, but I did it and I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out. Here it is!!!

I am taking a class called Day by Day over at Studio Calico as well, and it has given me some awesome inspiration for my album so far as well as a new found LOVE for my Silhouette. I have learned quite a few new tutorials on how to get the most out of your machine and it is so much fun...I a totally a Silhouette addict now.
If you would like to learn more about Project Life, head over to Becky Higgins' website for the lowdown and, as always, feel free to ask me any and all questions you may have! Here is some info for NEWBIES as well!!!!
The kids are doing well....growing like weeds. Kenzie is 5, Caleb is 3 and Logan is 1 now and BOY are they handfuls, but I wouldn't change a thing. They are adorable and say and do the cutest things. Another goal I have made is to blog until next time (which is hopefully a lot sooner than later). CHEERS!!!!