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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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So, nobody told me that when I became a mommy I would be spending the rest of my life doing laundry. I mean seriously, sometimes I’m doing laundry and I’m just like, where did these clothes even come from? I swear I’ve never seen this sweatshirt before. And then I have the type of kids that wanna change outfits 72 times a day. What do they think this is, the Grammy’s? No matter how caught up I feel like I am, I’m never really done washing clothes. There’s always that surprise basket of laundry that emerges from the darkness, taunting me, as if to say “Ha, woman! You thought you were done with laundry!” I swear I’ve heard the dirty bath towels do the evil laugh before.

Well, I figured since there is no escaping doing the laundry I might as well find the most affordable way to do it. I think I was spending close to 470 billion dollars (this is not an exaggeration) a week on laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets etc. (which I use all homemade versions of now…thank God).

The best part for me is that this homemade detergent only requires three ingredients AND they are easy to find…you don’t have to special order anything or go to a specialty store. I usually get my ingrendients from Meijer but if you don’t have a Meijer where you live you can find this stuff at Walmart, Target, Kroger etc. All you’ll need is

2 cups Borax

2 cups Super Washing Soda

9 oz of bar soap such as:

Zote

Fels Naptha

So, for about $10 you can make enough laundry detergent for about 80-100 loads, depending on the size of the load and how much detergent you use. You only need to use 1-2 tbs of the detergent for each regular size load but for larger loads you may  need more.

And now for how to make it. Omg! Easy Peezy…..even the baby helps me sometimes

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First thing you’ll need to do is grate the soap. I just use a regular cheese grater and I’m weird so I like to combine two different bar soaps. (1 full 4.5 oz bar of each) Usually Zote or Fels Naptha,but you can also use Dr. Bronners, Kirk’s Castile or Ivory as well.

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This next step is optional but I put my soap shreds in the food processor/blender after grating just because I feel like it mixes better with the other ingredients. It’s totally not necessary and won’t change the way your clothes are cleaned. You can see though it’s a lot finer after being in the food processor.

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Next thing you’ll want to do is mix all ingredients together, the Borax, washing soda and grated soap. I pour mine into a big bowl and stir before putting it in the container I’ll store it in just because I feel like it gets mixed more thoroughly. You could also pour directly into the container and shake I suppose. That’s the way I did it the very first time I made laundry detergent but it wasn’t mixy uppy (I’m sure that’s a word) enough for me

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And now it’s ready to store. I keep mine in a Mason Jar. Actually I pretty much keep everything in a mason jar these days. But it’s perfect, air tight and doesn’t take up too much space in my laundry room. And Voila, there you have it. Homemade Laundry Detergent. That wasn’t so bad now was it. Now smile at all of the money you’ll be saving, not to mention the chemicals you’re getting rid of!! Woo-hoo! Let me know in the comments how this worked out for you!

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White Bean and Kale Soup

 

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Sooo….yeah, even though Punxsutawney Phil (which is apparently the groundhog’s name) promised us an early spring we are currently in a blizzard right now. I’m not gonna lie, my feelings are kinda  hurt. I was getting used to 50 degree days and wearing light jackets instead of eskimo gear. But nooooo….apparently God felt that the winter we got wasn’t good enough so we’re getting hit with some last minute crap weather.

As some of y’all may or may not know, I usually make a menu at the beginning of the week (I’ll make a future post about that). It just so happened that what I had planned for tonight’s meal was White Bean and Kale soup. Is that not perfect for this weather? I would say that worked out nicely.

This is a pretty easy meal to make and doesn’t take much time at all so if you’re in a hurry or running late to your PTA meeting this would be perfect. Thankfully, they cancelled after school tutoring for my high schooler and gymnastics for my oldest daughter due to weather so I didn’t really need to rush or anything.

This soup is very warming and packed with tons of protein!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 large onions,diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 64 oz veggie broth
  • 6 cups kale, chopped ( I prefer Tuscan but any kale will work)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups cooked cannelini beans (or 2 (14.5 oz) cans drained and rinsed
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp thyme

DIRECTIONS

In a large pot heat oil on medium high

Add onions and carrots and cook for 5 minutes, stirring

Add tomatoes, kale, then broth and cover pot

Cook for 10 minutes or until kale is tender

Add beans and cook for another 5 minutes

Enjoy!

 

 

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Homemade Italian Dressing

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HOMEMADE ITALIAN DRESSING

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp organic honey
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic

Put all ingredients into a mason jar, salad shaker or any container. I actually used an empty Starbucks frappucino bottle the first time, as long as it has a tight fitting lid. Shake for about 30 seconds. Dressing will last in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

TIP: Make sure none of your children have had access to salt prior to making or there is a STRONG chance that you will end up with half a bottle of salt in your dressing and you’ll have to start over…..entirely….even if you’re late for work. ENJOY!