Laundry Soap

This might be a snore fest for some people, but I love this sort of thing!  Here’s my recipe for homemade laundry soap.  It is cheap and works great!

Combine the following and store in an airtight container to prevent caking {I use a clean coffee can}:

1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated

1 cup Borax

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1/4 cup Oxi-Clean (optional)

Directions: Use one heaping Tbsp for a small load; use 2 heaping Tbsp for a large or heavily soiled load.  I’ve found that it works best with warm or hot water, not cold.

Natural fabric softener = vinegar.  Just pour a little {approximately 1/4 cup} into the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine as you would store-bought softener.  The smell totally dissipates once the laundry is dry.

Here’s a slightly different soap recipe that I found and want to try next time.  Obviously it makes quite a bit more, but either recipe can be increased or decreased as long as the ratio of ingredients is the same.

3 bars pink Zote soap, grated

4 pound box Borax

4 pound box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

4 pound box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

1 small bucket Oxi-Clean or other oxygen cleaner

Same directions as stated above.

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I’m learning how to knit!

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Two of my great friends came over last night to teach me how to knit.  I’m pretty sure that they have both been knitting for a couple of years and I was dying to learn!  It was so much fun!  We definitely gossiped talked way more than we knitted but I still learned the basics.  They were great teachers!   Not surprising of one, because she IS a kindergarten teacher! 🙂

The primary focus of this blog will continue to be cooking and baking, but I do intend to share my other homemaking endeavors periodically.  They will *hopefully* include:  gardening, canning and pickling, cleaning tips/schedules, various product (tools, gadgets, cookware, etc.) reviews, and of course, knitting! 

One topic I’m not sure of including is related to my day job – interior design. Although it may be fun to share design tips and tricks with you, I am leaning towards keeping that segment of my life separate to avoid totally burning out!  😛  But, on the other hand, as a typical newlywed homeowner, we do plan on doing some of our own home renovations down the road and I may want to document them here.  I may also want to share design tidbits that I find particularly useful along the way.  So, we’ll see which way the wind blows me day-to-day.

What would you like to see featured here?