Laundry Detergent: (HOME) Made Easy!

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Finished Laundry Soap

Saving money, getting clean clothes, and being kind to our earth are not phrases you hear all the time together, or maybe you do when you hang out with me and my friends.  This little recipe is fast and easy, you will probably take more time finding the ingredients in your store than you will making the laundry soap.  Once you know where to look for the ingredients, and there are only 3, this will no longer be a time consuming task.

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INGREDIENTS:

 1 cup Borax (I do not know of any substitute for this)

1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)

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Grated Soap

Bar of Soap (like Fels Naptha, Zote, Ivory)

Grate the soap-I use a hand held grater.  The first batch I made, I didn’t have a grater, so I cut the soap into small pieces, but they didn’t dissolve very well in the wash.   Make sure to wash your grater well if you use your grater for food.

*DO NOT leave grated yellow cheese unattended-it really looks like cheese and will ruin a perfectly good taco.

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Option 1:

Put grated soap, 1 cup of Borax, and 1 cup of washing soda into a large bowl. Stir ingredients gently together. Pour powder mix into a plastic container with a lid and label as detergent.

Option 2

Put grated soap into a gallon plastic bad. Add to this 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda. Seal bag and shake gently to mix. Label the bag.

Use about 2 TBS for each load. I have a front load washer, and I usually add a little bit of vinegar or Pine Sol to the liquid detergent area to help with sweaty teenage boy smell.  (To measure out 2 TBS, I use on old medicine measuring cup)

Have fun being thrifty!

The Endless Roll of Plastic Wrap

I have never been a big fan of buying in bulk, especially at the big stores, but when  we lived in Lantana the local Sam’s Club had nice deals, and was just as close as the grocery store.  We began using the Sam’s more during the hurricane seasons because they always had lots of water and other supplies before the storm and seemed to open soon after a storm.  At some point in  2004 or 2005 we bought this huge roll of plastic wrap.  We used it generously, although if I can put something in a plastic container with a lid I try to use it because you can re-use a container.  Well, last night as I was putting away Cody’s b-day cake,  and I used the last of this good buy.

When we bought it, I wasn’t most fond of it.  It took up a lot of room, and  after the first couple of months the cutter bar fell off.  I kept a knife inside the box after that to help with the tearing/cutting of the wrap.  After some more time, the box needed to be re-inforced to keep the roll in place-notice the duct tape.  After a few years, it became a staple in the house.  Funny how we all joked about the freaky endless supply of plastic wrap.  It never seemed to get low on the roll.

It moved to SC with us, has seen many holidays here and in Fla, and Harry said he had begun to think that this roll of wrap was counting down his life.  Well last night the last of the plastic was used, and Harry is still here.

Will we ever buy another big roll of plastic wrap?  Who knows what the future holds, but if I decide that plastic wrap is what I want in my future, I am not going to play around with some weenie roll of wrap-I will go again for the gusto, visit a local bulk buy store, and begin to enjoy the next wonderful wrapped up years.

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Hey, Does This Stink?

Some questions make you want to disappear as soon as you hear them.  “Do you think this is OK to use or is it spoiled?”  “Take a sip, is the milk spoiled?”  “Is this too spicy?”  and of course, “Are my pits stinky?”.  Usually, I am the one being asked, and some I shy away from gracefully, some I take the challenge, and some I just have to say N-O!

Well this week I have been asking my husband to smell my shirts at the end of the day, and with preeettty good answers, I must say.  I am trying to free myself from consumerism and make more of the products I use around my home.  This weeks challenge was DEODORANT.   I have had a normal week as far as sweating goes, and I think this is an easier change than switching from using shampoo.

First the ingredients:  Baking Soda, Cornstarch, and tea tree oil (hardest item on the list to find).Image

Recipe:  1 cup baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

3-6 drops tea tree oil  (found this at a craft store near soap making products)

from what I have researched some people use lavender, but I have read that tea tree oil  has antibacterial/anti-fungal properties

Mix ingredients in a container that can be sealed tight.  Apply to underarms as needed (1-2 times a day for me, some people use every 2 days).  I apply with a large  cosmetic brush (like I am painting my pit), but if you have an old powder puff around that could work, or cotton ball/pad.

I need to add a couple of notes that I have found this week in using this recipe:

*Tea tree oil has a strong musky scent-but it doesn’t last

*The powder is pretty fine, and will get on clothes on the lower part of my body (skirt, pants) and counter top.  After I put the brush in the powder, I tap it on the container to reduce powder flying away.

*I don’t know if I need to add more 1/2 through the day, but I just feel better if I re-apply after being sweaty

I have not had anyone (not that they would) say that I am stinky.   Some days no smell, some a bit more than I would like to admit.  I had this with commercial deodorant too, though, so not a big deal.

**Remember this is DEODORANT, not antiperspirant, you will still sweat.  As for the sweating, I think it is about the same if not less.  During a normal day I will have bouts of activity (story times with songs and movement for about 25 min) and lulls (at a desk).

All in all, I am glad to be free of feeling that I am a slave to a SECRET.  I will now try other essential oils in varying DEGREEs to give the powder a nice smell.  Who knows, at some point I might even try a (speed)STICK deodorant recipe.

Best of luck on a new and healthy, not to mention cost effective way of life!!!

If you have questions or want to share your thoughts-please post.

Pit Stain Remover Recipe

I have been trying new recipes out this week-end: home-made remedy recipes. 

These are all over the internet, and many books that have been out for years.  People have been trying different proportions and ingredients, and all thinking I have the magical potion.  I’m not sure if the one I will walk you through is magical or not, but if you have shirts with bad stains in the armpits and still want the shirt, then try this concoction.  It is fairly easy to find the ingredients and not really expensive.  So lets get to the meat of the post.

First the stains, yes, I know nasty.  These shirts had been washed, and yes I was wearing them with a little more stain each time I wore them because I could not get the stain out in a regular wash.  The shirts are turned inside out, and even thought the stain was less noticeable on the outside , it was there.  (I found that if I ironed the shirt, then the stain was could hardly be seen.)  The shirts are polyester/spandex blend, just for reference.Image

Next are the ingredients that I used:

White vinegar:1 cup,

Washing Soda (not Baking Soda and a little harder to find): 1/4 cup

20 Mule Team Borax: 1/4 cup

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I used a large plastic container to mix it all up  Ingredients are added in the order that they are listed.  There will be fizzing as you add the Washing Soda to the vinegar.  Just add it slowly.  Stir, and then add Borax.The powders might not dissolve all the way, no big deal. ImageImageImage

Now, I took only one side of shirt and put it into the solution.  I only did one side to check effectiveness.  I did NOT rub the solution in or scrub with any kind of brush, just made sure the pits were soaking in the solution.  I let it soak for 20 minutes, then put it in the wash with other clothes to make a full load.  I did add the remaining solution to the washer, I figured it could be a booster for all the clothes.  Then on into the dryer, and AMAZING!!!

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I am surprised the stains came out of both sides of the shirts.  ????  Not sure why, but I think I am going to mix some of this up and have it on hand to add to each load of clothes.  I guess I need to add that the laundry detergent that I use is a home-made powder mix-not a commercial brand.