Of course my entire house is clean, all chores complete, my home-made-everything-from-scratch dinner is almost done, classical music is playing, and my children are sitting quietly and politely, playing with only educational toys. So I decide it's time for another little project to help round out my day.
So I dig out the ingredients I purchased last week to make my second batch of home made laundry soap (the first one I made as a demonstration for a "save money, naturally" class I presented to some ladies for a PWOC retreat up in Alaska).
Finely grate a 4.5 ounce bar of soap --many recipes call for Fels Naptha. I used Dr. Bronner's Lavender
Add this to
1 Cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cup of 20-Mule Team Borax
Mix until blended evenly. Jar it up, and use 1 Tablespoon per load of laundry. Safe for HE machines.
I've done a couple of loads, and think it's worth the few minutes (and the bit of flesh from my thumb) it took to grate the soap. I paid less than $10 for all the supplies (the Dr. Bronner's soap was a bit spendy at $5), and it will last for months.
I'm more excited about the bathroom scrub recipe my friend Samantha shared with me. And I want you to be excited about it, as well. I'm sitting down the hall from my freshly scrubbed master shower stall, and I am almost giddy about how good it smells. And I'm just as geeked about the fact that this is a scrub I can use in my boys' tub and know the ingredients within won't burn their bums.
Here's what you need:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 Cup Liquid Castile Soap (I used peppermint)
60 drops Tea Tree Oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Blend in more Castile soap, a teaspoon at a time, until you have a spreadable paste. transfer ingredients to an airtight container.
To use: wet down a sponge or nylon scrubber, scoop a bit out of the container with your scrubber, and scrub away. So far I've used it in the shower pan and the sink. Tomorrow the boys tub will get a proper scrub down.
Aren't they cute?
The bathroom scrub in the photo needs a bit more liquid castile soap. But you get the idea, I'm sure.
Try these! They're fun, cheap, and so much better for your body, brain, and the environment than the rainbow-tinted chemical slurries being sold at the grocery store. And think of the heavy plastic jugs you won't have to lug in from the grocery store when it's time to make more!
P.S. If you know me, you know my house will never be all the way clean, the chores will forever be in-progress, my children often stay in their pajamas until after lunch, a completely from-scratch meal rarely makes an appearance at my table, and "polite"is a loose term. I'm pretty happy when no one's screaming.