DIY liquid laundry soap

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About a year and a half ago a friend of mine wrote about using liquid laundry soap. I was intrigued but not quite sold. Then I did a quick google search and found tons of sites (each with a slightly different “recipe”), but all with the same promise: It will save you money!!! And you know, since I do, like, a bazillion loads of laundry a week, that’s what got me hooked!

I tried a couple of variations on recipes, I’d find one I liked, then promptly loose the web address. So I eventually wrote it down on paper and taped it to my fridge.

You will need:

1  bar of soap (unscented). You could use any type of soap for this, we just happen to use Ivory at home, and I didn’t want to make a special trip to buy Fels Naptha (which most recipes call for).

1 cup washing sode (NOT baking soda), there is a difference.

1/2 cup borax

4 gals + 4 cups water (separated)

5 gal bucket (I use a paint bucket that I cleaned out from one of our job sites, but these are available at Lowes or Home Depot)

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove.

Cut up bar of soap into fairly small pieces. {Note: Most recipes call for grated soap (using a cheese grater), but since my cheese grater pretty much sucks, and it takes so, so, so, so, so long to grate up a bar of soap, I chop mine on a cutting board using a sharp knife}

When water is boiling put the soap pieces in and stir frequently, until soap is dissolved. {Two notes: 1- let the water boil first before putting soap in, it goes MUCH faster. 2- water with soap in it can boil over and make more of a mess than should be allowed, so always watch the water, if necessary turn heat down a little}

In 5 gal bucket, add 4 gals of warm water. Add borax and washing powder and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved add soap mixture and stir around a few more times.

Leave overnight, give a stir before first use and you’ll be good to go.

Use 1 cup/load.

It takes me about half and hour to make up a batch. Most recipes call for covering the mixture while it’s sitting overnight, I don’t have a cover so I just let it stand open. Works fine for me. A batch will last me a little over a month.

I don’t use this on my diapers as it can be a little hard on the plastic/nylon.

Happy Laundry-ing!!

Blessings from my Kiddos {13}

Roger Williams Park, Japanese Gardens  (bridge + water + kids = worried mama!!)
Roger Williams Park, Japanese Gardens
(bridge + water + kids = worried mama!!)

Feeling the need to keep these things up!! (If you’d like to see previous Blessings, feel free to take a peek at the “OLD” blog using the links on the left of the screen. Link to most previous here.)

I’ll just jump right on in today, since I had a few more things I wanted to get done before said kiddos awaken from their slumber, ok, so they’re not really sleeping, but before too long they’ll be begging to “wake up”.

~ Katherine asked for a prayer book~ She mentioned it when I put her to nap. She said “I want a prayer book like yours”. Warms my heart. It shows me that I’m doing something positive towards their spiritual development. Even if at this point all they want to do is copy me, I think that’s where it starts.

~Hand prints~ Made this today to give to my mom for her birthday. Everytime I make one of these things with the kids handprints or footprints, I end up giving it away.

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~”helping” to make a cake~ I know I’ve mentioned stuff like this before. And while they were helping it wasn’t totally helpful, but they did have a good time and it was a quiet way to end a long day.

~Cleaning up quickly~ I know, I know. Most times I want things done faster than they are actually able to do them. But sometimes they surprise me and clean up rather quickly. And actually get  most of the clutter off the floor. A reminder to me to slow down just a little? Maybe? And to remember that they will get things done eventually… in their own way… (see next blessing)

~Organized bookshelf~ Without the books. But hey, at least there is hope that the toys will not ALWAYS be on the floor.

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