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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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We bought some new pants from the Gap with a gift card, hooray for “free to us!” We bought them on clearance, the only problem was that they were 6″ too long for the hubby. So, I fixed the problem.

Step 1: Try the pants on and pin them up to the exact height. Walk around in them and make sure this is where you want them. Measure the length being removed.

Step 2: Decide your seam allowance size. this is the part at the bottom of the pants that is folded over and sewn. With these pants the seam allowance I chose was 1/2″. It is important to not cut the pants until you have added in this seam allowance TWICE. You will fold the material over two times. In other words, we needed to bring the pants up 6″ but I only cut off 5″.

Step 3: Once you have determined how much is needed to be removed, mark all around the pant leg and then cut it off!

Step 4: Pin up the first seam allowance, in this case 1/2″. Once you have gone all around roll it up a second time and pin it around, removing the first layer of pins as you go. 

Step 5: Stitch them up! Sew as close to the top of the seam as possible, think farthest from the floor. This will give a professional look to the hem. I used a sewing machine and it took 5 minutes to sew them both. Make sure you use a strong needle, several layers of denim can be stressful for your needle. If you are sewing by hand it will take longer but if you are diligent and keep your stitches even, in the end no one will notice unless they spend a lot of time up close to your feet! Tada, pants that fit! (and hubby’s stinky feet!)

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