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this stuff is amazing! seriously!!! the last stuff i made (and blogged about) eric broke out BADLY with it! and i’m the one with sensetive skin – go figure! BOO borax!!

this is equal parts grated kiss-my-face olive oil soap and arm and hammer washing soda.

this little bit here will last 3-4 weeks and cost me maaaaaybe $1.50.

use 1 tbsp per load.

if i feel like the load needs a little booster (substitute for borax) i use natures miracle laundry booster and i’m going to try biokleen next time i order from vitacost. 🙂

homemade is ALWAYS better.

no matter what it is….

i decided i want to stop using store bought dishwashing detergent. i want the best, so homemade it is.

while researching i found a couple good options, i think.

here are several different recipes for laundry detergent (yes, i’ve been here before, after eric’s BAD allergic reaction to borax i stopped using it all together…. but now i’ve found some without borax). click here to see the recipes. i’m thinking of trying #2 first. but with a twist.

Laundry Detergent Recipe #2


  • 1 bar of grated soap
  • Baking soda (2 cups)
  • Hot water (2 gallons)


  1. Put the grated soap in a saucepan and fill it with hot water, enough to cover the soap. Keep the gas on medium heat and stir it till all soap melts
  2. Transfer this mixture from the saucepan to a pail, add 2 gallons of hot water to it, and keep stirring.
  3. Add baking soda to this mixture, continue stirring.
  4. Allow it to cool

i’m thinking,

1 8oz bar of kiss my face olive oil soap grated or flaked with razor





2 cups of baking soda









mix well and store in air tight container.

i haven’t decided how much per load – thinking 1 tbsp. thoughts on that?

traditionally one adds borax but since we are so allergic i plan on using a bit of this booster in each load.








opinions on the laundry soap???

on to dishwashing detergent:

using kiss my face olive oil soap flakes. take warm water in a large bowl and add soap flakes in it. keep it on the burner on low and stir till all the snow flakes get dissolved completely.





once this is done, put in some glycerin and pull off burner.








after the mixture is completely cooled, pour in white vinegar,











4 ounces of lemon juice.










i’m thinking i’ll transfer the solution into an old dish soap bottle, so it’s easy to squirt out.

the recipe says to shake before using.

now after i typed all that – some say to just use a tsp of your dish soap.








what would you do?

then in all my research i found this lil gem of a comment!!!!


• Countertops and Sinks
Baking Soda and Water: Keep counters clean by sprinkling with baking soda, then scrubbing with a damp cloth or sponge. If you have stains, knead the baking soda and water into a paste and let set for a while before you remove. This method also works great for stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, refrigerators, oven tops and more.
Kosher Salt and Water: If you need a tougher abrasive on sinks and cast iron pans, sprinkle on kosher salt, and scrub with a wet cloth or sponge.
Natural Disinfectant: To knock out germs, mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Spray or rub on countertops and other kitchen surfaces.

• Ovens
Baking Soda and Water: Coat the inside of your dirty appliance with a paste made from water and baking soda. Let stand overnight. Then, don gloves and scour off that grime. Make spotless with a moist cloth.

• Fruits and Veggies
Baking Soda: Worried about toxic pesticide residue, germs and dirty fingerprints on your juicy peaches and crisp carrots? Just sprinkle a little baking soda on wet produce, then gently scrub and rinse.

• Porcelain and Tile
Baking Soda and Water (with Kosher Salt): To keep bathroom surfaces clean and odor-free, dust with baking soda, and scrub with a moist sponge or cloth. Kosher salt can be added to the mix to help with tougher grime.
Lemon Juice or Vinegar: Attack stains, mildew and any grease streaks by spraying or dousing with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.

Disinfectant: Instead of bleach, make your own bathroom disinfectant by mixing: 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. Hydrogen Peroxide is a fantastic disinfectant, can be diluted ¼ cup of H2O2 to 2 cups water.

• Mirrors and Windows
It’s simple: mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.
If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, you can substitute straight lemon juice or club soda (don’t dilute either in water).

• Clogged Drain
Baking Soda and Boiling Water (Vinegar if needed): plugged up? Pour 1/2-cup of baking soda into the problem drain, followed by 2 cups of boiling water. If that isn’t doing it for you, chase the baking soda with a 1/2-cup of vinegar and cover tightly, allowing the vigorous fizzing of the chemical reaction to breakup the gunk. Then flush that with one gallon of boiling water.

• Wood Floors
Oil and White Vinegar: You’ve heard that wood floors are more hygienic than carpet, but you aren’t sure how to keep that gorgeous glow all year long. Just mix equal parts oil and white vinegar, and apply in a thin coat. Rub it in well to bring out the best in the grain.

• Carpet and Rugs
Club Soda: spill something colored? Your best defense is to clean it up immediately with club soda. Here’s how: first, carefully lift off any solids. Then, liberally pour on club soda. Blot with an old rag until all the color from the spill is absorbed by your cloth. The soda’s carbonation should bring the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda thwart staining.

Cornmeal: For big spills, dump cornmeal on the mess, wait 5 to 15 minutes, and vacuum up all the gunk.
Spot Cleaner: Make yourself a spot cleaner by mixing: 1/4-cup liquid soap or detergent in a blender, with 1/3-cup water. Mix until foamy. Spray on, then rinse with vinegar.

Just Beat It: For routine cleaning, take rugs outside and beat the dirt out of them the old-fashioned way.

To Deodorize: Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet or rug, using about 1 cup per medium-sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes. Or mix two parts cornmeal with one part borax, sprinkle it around, and leave for an hour. Then vacuum.

• Antique Linens
Sunlight: What could be easier than sanitizing and removing stains… with sunlight! (Just don’t do it too often with fragile pieces, because they can start to breakdown). Simply lay your old lace, curtains and other fine linens on the grass in the sun for a few hours. Dirtier pieces can be dampened first.

Boiling: If that doesn’t do the trick, fill a pot with water and bring to a boil on your stovetop. Drop in linens and let steep until stains lift.

Detergent and Borax: Mix dishwasher detergent and borax together until you get a thick rubbing paste. Rub into soiled linens, then rinse clean.

Peroxide: If you have stubborn stains, try spraying them with peroxide, then rinsing with water.

• Laundry
Baking Soda: To gently soften and deodorize a load of laundry, add in 1 cup of baking soda before you put in your regular soap and the clothes.

Borax: For heavily soiled items, add 1/2 cup borax to your regular detergent. As a bleach alternative, try 1/4-cup borax mixed with 2 cups of water.

• Silver
Aluminum Foil, Boiling Water, Baking Soda and Salt: Keep your sterling shined with this seemingly magic method. Line your sink or a bucket with aluminum foil, and drop in tarnished silver. Pour in boiling water, a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt. Let sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil.

Toothpaste: If you can’t immerse your items or are otherwise inclined to polish by hand, rub tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth. Rinse with warm water and dry. Instead of toothpaste you can substitute a concoction made of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water.

• Copper
Ketchup: To keep your copper pots, pans and accents looking bright and shiny, try rubbing with ketchup.


Posted: 09/15/2010 in basement, homemaking, life

no time for blogging

cleaning the basement

oooooh my!

how did it get so bad!

i know i am extreme, but i’m telling you.

it’s AWFUL!

spiders, spider sacks, saw dust, dirt, wood chips, wires, the coating on wires, screws, nails, dust clusters, dead bugs/spiders

i’m telling you.

gobs  and gobs of grossness happenin’ down there


as soon as tomorrow.

the perfect play area will be set up.

our old retro kitchen table

an old purple imac

futon couch and coffee table

cupboard full of playdough, beans, paints, coloring books, colored pencils and crayons


oh yes, lots of room for bike riding!

play kitchen and laundry room….

i’ll be able to send lizzie down there instead of outside this winter!!

lovin’ THAT idea!

then i’ll have to clean the bathroom down there.


i got this in a forward today from an old friend…

i can’t get over it.

click the link below to check it out yourself or read what i’ve copied and pasted…

Dear President Obama,

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett


Posted: 06/15/2009 in homemaking, pictures

i don’t think i’m alone in finding great pleasure in GIVING a gift! i absolutely love it! i like to spend quite a bit of time on it and if i don’t i feel guilty!!! 🙂

i had fun with mary catherine’s gift!

homemade laundry detergent!

homemade laundry detergent!

the recipe

this is so encouraging to me! tomorrow starts the first of many many evenings without my husband. this will be so hard on us as a family in many ways – and this was just the encouragement i needed, i hope this blesses you in some way too.




encouragement for stay at home mom’s part 1

encouragement for stay at home mom’s part 2

take charge of your home

i can talk to woman about this depth of emotion because i’ve been through it. it’s not an academic exercise for me. it’s not a sociopolitical point of view. it has nothing to do with the cultural wars. i just want to take a woman’s heart hold it in my hands and give it back to her. because it’s been taken away! -dr. laura

i decided i wanted to try the powder laundry detergent. i’ve been using the liquid and still have TONS left. (now i have 3/4 BIG box of arm and hammer laundry detergent, 3/4 batch of homemade liquid and a batch of the homemade powder – i’m thinking i won’t make detergent again until we are moved in to the new house. LOL)

my recipe:

i grated in my little $5 mini food chopper 1 bar of kiss my face soap (8 oz)

poured in my air tight glass container

added 3 cups of washing soda and 3 cups of borax

use 1 tbsp in each load, i double for a full load of diapers

this is enough soap for approx 48 loads of laundry.

i have half of a box of borax and washing soda left and i’ve made 3 batches. so i’m thinking it costs between $3-$5 for 48 loads of laundry (possibly more).

related posts:

lazy homemade laundry soap

laundry 2