Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Soap:  Fels Naptha, Ivory, Irish Spring

Washing Soda:  NOT baking soda.  This removes dirt and odors.  Found in laundry detergent aisle.  I use Arm and Hammer.

Borax powder:  A naturally occurring mineral, sodium borate.  It is a laundry whitener and deodorizer.  Found in laundry detergent aisle.  I use 20 Mule Team.

Essential Oil:  My favorite is Peppermint.  This can be found at your local herb store.  In Clarksville it’s Herbs and Vitamins by Kohl’s.

A large bucket maybe 2-4 gallons.  Personally I like the big buckets because I’m messy.

1/3 bar Fels Naptha  or a whole bar of any other soap.
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax powder
Essential Oil (optional)
Large Bucket

Grate the soap.  I usually grate the whole bar and save it in a  jar.  Put 1/3 of your Fels Naptha in a sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat until soap melts.  Add washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket.  Add soap mixture in sauce pan and stir.  Add 1 gallon plus an additional 6 cups of water to the bucket and stir.  Let soap mixture sit for 24 hours until it has become gelled.  At this point I mix the soap really good and then pour it into empty containers like clean gallon water jugs, detergent bottle, etc.   I filled four 64 oz bottles. 

I use 1/2 cup per load.  *Do not use to cloth diapers.  It tends to build up on them quick and affects the absorbancy.

This is not a high suds producing detergent so don’t panic.  It’s not suds that cleans your clothes.  The cleaning agents are what's working here.

My approximate calculations:
Fels Naptha costs approx. $1.20
Washing Soda costs approx. $2.30
Borax costs approx. $3.50
My Essential Oil option is .60 (total drops in a 1/3 oz bottle @$6.52 is roughly 225 so that breaks down to .03 per drop.  I use about 20)

TOTAL= $7.60/for 256 oz of natural laundry detergent

Keep in mind the essential oil is optional but I really like it and it lasts a long time.  Your other ingredients are still on hand for 2 more complete batches and then you’ll have to buy more Fels Naptha. 
All of this information I found at and adapted it to what I thought would be quick information.  Check out their site for more information.

A note about bleach.  I try not to use it.  It really breaks down your clothes.  Hanging your clothes out on a clothesline is the best thing ever.  Not only does the sun whiten naturally but it doesn’t run up your electric bill.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Marriage is Work

I've got a lot on my mind tonight and fortunately my blog is like my best friend.  I'm hurting.  Hurting for marriages that seem to dissolve into nothingness.  There are so many marriages crumbling apart just in Clarksville that it's truly a staggering feeling.

Have you ever had an arguement with your significant other and been so angry that you couldn't be objective enough to wonder how it's affecting the kids?  Well, meet me...Mrs. Objective.  I have in the past been a caregiver to parents who were going through very difficult times.  I prayed for them and hoped with everything in me that they would push through the tough sometimes impossible to forgive garbage and FIGHT.  During all that praying I always lifted up the little one and asked God to protect their heart.  They were obviously hurting.  Maybe they didn't understand what was going on but they felt this presence in their world that scared them.  You see, I have been that parent.  We didn't fight.  We just didn't speak.  And in the end two people chose to divorce and leave 3 children without a stable home.  Oh I remarried years later and yes I'm happy now but let me tell you something...My kids still hurt.  Still. Are you reading that?  Still, after 12 years post divorce my kids still have a hole in their heart.  So, is it worth it?  Have you done everything possible to work at your relationship with your husband/wife?  I mean everything.  Yeah?  What about praying?  What about asking for help?  What about begging that they go to counseling?  How about you go first and get the ball rolling?   See that face that is a beautiful blend of the two of you...that wonderful creation needs both of you.  NEEDS.  You're all they have.  Fight for your marriage.  The hard thing is staying and trying harder and harder each day. 

I will always be praying for you.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is nature's antiseptic.  Take a look at this website and see the many uses of this amazing oil.

I use tea tree for a natural home deodorizer, like some popular "breeze"y kind.  I also use it for acne breakouts, diaper wipe spray and in my vaporizer.  I've used it for 3 years and love te many uses.  You can find it at any pharmacy including the local "marts".

Enjoy the link and if you have any questions feel free to post them here.