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When I first saw this recipe I was intimidated. I thought it was too long and complicated. It actually took me over a year before I tried it. The first time that I made it I was finished with everything, including cleanup, in less than 15 minutes. Once I was finished I had enjoyed making it so much that I just wanted to do it again. This stuff lasts a long time too. It makes about 2 gallons of laundry soap, and at 1/2 cup per load you wont have to make it very often.

Tools required:

medium saucepan not to be used for preparing food after used to make laundry soap

grater (same rules apply about food)

large spoon (same as above)

3/4 c measuring cup (same as above)


containers to put it in (we use the “party pail” 1 gallon ice cream containers, makes 2 of these)


1/2 bar Ivory soap

3/4 c washing soda (not baking soda!)

3/4 c borax


1. Put 6 c water in the saucepan. Grate the 1/2 bar of soap over the water and heat until the soap dissolves. Add3/4 c washing soda and 3/4 borax. Stir until dissolved.

2. Pour 4 c hot water into a bucket. Add the soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 c water to the mixture and stir.

3. Pour the mixture, which is completely liquid,  into the containers and seal with the lids.

4. The soap needs to rest over night for 24 hours. It will look  gel like, this is perfect! Make sure to get both liquid and gel substance in every load. Use just 1/2 cup of soap for every load.

This is what it should look like the next day. It smells so great!

Happy washing!


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Here are a few tips on saving some money when doing laundry:

1. Making your own detergent. This is so easy to do, very inexpensive, and makes a ton. The next time I make it (in a few months) I will post the recipe and pictures, for now just do an online search and you will find several different methods.

2. Use cold water for wash and rinse. Over a year this will save a lot in the cost of heating water.

3. Only wash full loads. Seriously, full loads!

4. Hang everything dry, well almost everything. Our sheets are the only thing we don’t hang dry because they are too big to fit on our balcony. We have two folding drying racks that we place on our balcony or, if the weather is bad, set in our living room. They are a little expensive, but the drier is one of the top energy using appliances so it was worth the up front cost. If you have a backyard hang a clothes line and get some good clothes pins.

If you do not have a washer and dryer in your home here are a few tips for you:

1. Check around local laundromats to see if they run specials on certain days of the week. Such as $.50 off double loads on Tuesdays. Then do your laundry on the “special” days.

2. Hang dry, this will save you at least a dollar a load. But, usually the dryers aren’t they great and require a second go round which saves another dollor. (see above for more details)

3. Hand wash. In our last apartment we used a Wonder Wash (counter top crank washing machine) to wash our clothes. We purchased it to wash the cloth diapers so we didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg in laundry every other day. It is simple but does require more time and effort than putting your clothes in a machine and walking away. I will post more on our Wonder Wash another day.

Happy laundering!

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Today I remembered many things about pregnancy. I remembered that it is not glamorous. I remembered that I had a cold for almost 3 months! I do not want to go through that again. So, I am taking action now. I am giving the apartment a deep, deep clean and then (hopefully) I am going to stay on top of it and keep it that way. I know that this will not prevent me from getting sick, but it might help and I am all for that.

I began tonight with the floors of the kitchen, entrance, and bathrooms. I swept and then really wished for a mop, so I wouldn’t have to scrub on my hands and knees. Then I looked up and saw a swifer-floor-cleaner-thing-a-ma-bob which I didn’t even know that I had. I investigated and found that I even had 2 of the pads you stick on there to clean. I was ecstatic! I sprayed the floor with my favorite all purpose disinfectant spray: vinegar and water, and went to town. My floors are brilliantly clean. I think that they are actually making a twinkling sound!

Then I thought, I need to make a reusable pad for this mop! So, I intend to do that. I am going to check out my stash of rags and see if I have anything in the right size. Depending on the material I may need to make it a few layers thick. If so I will just hop to the sewing machine and stitch it lengthwise in the middle and then a quarter of the way on each side and then on the ends, essentially quilting the pieces together. I may also try one of the cloth diapers that we used as burp rags made out of birds eye material, essentially gauze. They are already three layers in the middle and might even be the right size!

Hopefully all of my house will be twinkling soon. Although I am predicting that once I have made a clean sweep I will turn around and it will be undone! Tis the life of a 10 month old!

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