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The Best Laundry Detergent Ever!

The Ingredients To Use
The Ingredients To Use

I know this is the second laundry detergent I am posting, not including the revised one, but after experimenting over the last few months, I found this one smells and works the best! Use all of the same ingredients as original:

  • Borax, Super Washing Soda
  • Fels Naptha Soap
  • Your favorite soap bar (I have Caress because I had a ton of coupons for them!)
  • Your favorite scented Downy Crystals. (These are the only ones I have used, but I am sure other brands will work just as well).
  • Optional (I have not tried yet, but thought of it): OxyClean

I also doubled this recipe in some places so I would have more, as my last experiment only lasted 2 months. I say “only” but that is a small amount if you have ever made your own laundry detergent! I like to have more at one time so I only need to do this every 3-4 months! I am still using my same borax and washing soda boxes that I purchased a year ago…so yes it is def COST SAVING!

You also need ready:

  • 5 gallon bucket (Home Depot & Tractor Supply sell these for $2.50
  • 3 Empty and Clean Milk Jugs, or empty laundry detergent bottles
Add 4 Cups water to a big pot and heat to almost boiling
Add 6 Pints of water to a big pot and heat to almost boiling
Grate 1/4 of the Fels Naptha Bar into the hot pot of water
Grate 1/4 of the Fels Naptha Bar into the hot pot of water
Grate 1/3 of the bar soap into the hot water next.
Grate 1/2 of the bar soap into the hot water next.
Add 1 Cup of Borax and 1 Cup of Super Washing Soda to the pot of water. You may see suds in your pot and it may be boiling by now, that is fine. Just lower the heat a little to keep it from bubbling too much to prevent spills.
Add 1 Cup of Borax and 1 Cup of Super Washing Soda to the pot of water. You may see suds in your pot and it may be boiling by now, that is fine. Just lower the heat a little to keep it from bubbling too much to prevent spills.
Time to add the smell goods! I poured 3 cap fulls of Downy Crystals into the water. You can add more or less. This should leave you with a half bottle of crystals for your next use or to add directly to your wash to boost the smell even more.
Time to add the smell goods! I poured 3 cap fulls of Downy Crystals into the water. You can add more or less. This should leave you with a half bottle of crystals for your next use or to add directly to your wash to boost the smell even more.
Bubbly Perfection! You should have a soapy liquid soup (smells great, don't eat!:)) Stir to make sure the grated soap is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for a little bit so it does not melt your stirring bucket.
Bubbly Perfection! You should have a soapy liquid soup (smells great, don’t eat!:)) Stir to make sure the grated soap is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for a little bit so it does not melt your stirring bucket.
Once your pot of Bubbly Goodness is not steaming anymore: Add 4 Cups of Hot Water (from the faucet should be hot enough) to your 5 Gallon Bucket. Then pour your Soap Soup into the bucket and stir.
Once your pot of Bubbly Goodness is not steaming anymore: Add 4 Cups of Hot Water (from the faucet should be hot enough) to your 5 Gallon Bucket.

Then Add your Soap Soup to the bucket once it is not steaming anymore. Now, Stir like a witch and her cauldron! Let it set for 24 hours. It should be a gelatinous beauty the next day.
I forgot to take pictures, but mine was pink and was firm with a little water in it still. I used a funnel and soup ladel to distribute the soap into my 3 milk gallon jugs. I aimed to only fill it half way in each jug, just in case I had to add water to it to make it less chunky. This was a problem I had with my first batch. It was too chunky for my HE wash. Thankfully, this was not needed this time.

SHAKE REALLY WELL BEFORE EACH USE TO BREAK UP CHUNKS! Add water if you feel you need to. You shouldn’t have to though. Add about 1/2 a cup or to fill line in your wash and enjoy your wonderful smelling clothes!!

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Pineapple Progress Day 5

So far the Pineapples are looking good! Both pineapples were planted in an organic potting soil for fruits and vegetables in containers, and watered thoroughly every day. Notice the outer leaves in the below picture are turning brown. However, in the next picture you will see new growth on the inside of the leaves. This is an excellent sign. Once the outer leaves turn completely brown, I will cut those off so the plant is not sending nutrients to those pieces.

The Pineapples in Organic Potting Soil Day 5. Notice the outer leaves turning brown, this is normal.
The Pineapples in Organic Potting Soil Day 5.
Notice the outer leaves turning brown, this is normal.
New Growth on Inner Leaves
New Growth on Inner Leaves
A closer look at the new growth on pineapple #2
A closer look at the new growth on pineapple #2

Now, I am showing pictures of 2 other older pineapple heads I planted, and I dipped one in Clone-X cloning gel, and the other I mixed 1 teaspoon of Mycorrhiza into the top layer of soil. The one with the Clone-X seems to be growing inner leaves better then the other. They were both planted in the same soil as the first 2. I will have to not be so hard on these 2 pineapples, however because they were looking pretty drab when I planted them, so I am simply experimenting with these.

Older Pineapples Planted:  Left has Clone-X on roots Right has Mycorrhiza in soil
Older Pineapples Planted:
Left has Clone-X on roots
Right has Mycorrhiza in soil
Even though it is old, the Clone-X Pineapple is still growing new leaves!
Even though it is old, the Clone-X Pineapple is still growing new leaves!
The Mycorrhiza Pineapple is not doing as well. Slow new growth is turning brown.
The Mycorrhiza Pineapple is not doing as well. Slow new growth is turning brown.

Stay tuned for update progress!!

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Make Your Own Cleaning Products

My family and I started to become a part of the “Green Movement” by recycling, watching our energy usage (yes with kids you are always monitoring their light switching abilities!), and making our own cleaning products. Like any parent, you always worry about your small Children getting into the cleaning cabinet or “how much bleach can my nose and brain handle?” while we are hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom. These are simple recipes that I use, and now I feel comfortable with my kids using them because I know I won’t have to call poison control if they accidentally spray themselves:). What making yor own cleaning products also does for you is it totally saves you money! The Ingredients are similar, cheap, and you always have tons left over for future refills.

Good rule of thumb: Buy empty spray bottles when at the store ($.97-$3) because as a homesteader, they always come in handy and are reusable!

My green cleaning products
My green cleaning products

All-Purpose Cleaner:

I use the first one, but have used the second one. Both work great!

1st:

  • 4 Tablespoons Borax
  • 2 teaspoons Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap
  • Warm Water to fill a 32 ounce bottle

2nd:

  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • Warm Water to fill 32 ounce spray bottle

Granite Counter Cleaner:
I also use this on my stainless steel appliances.

1st:

  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Dish Soap
  • Warm Water to fill 32 ounce spray bottle
  • Spray and Wipe

2nd:

  • 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • Couple drops of Liquid Dish Soap
  • Spray and wipe

3rd:

  • 1/2 cup ammonia
  • Quart Warm Water
  • Soak rag, wipe, and then dry with soft cloth

*NEVER USE VINEGAR ON GRANITE*

Wood Polish (move over Pledge!):
You can use a mason jar or spray bottle, really just a personal preference.

  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • Spray, wipe, and polish with soft rag
  • Or put in Mason Jar, dip rag and wipe surface, and then polish with dry, soft cloth

Bathroom Cleaner (Bye Bye Scrubbing Bubbles):

Toilet:

  • 1/4 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • Spray and wipe

Tub and Tile (non-stone):

  • 1 2/3 Cup Baking Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Spray and Wipe

Window/Glass Cleaner (Move over Windex!):

1st:

  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 4 Cups Warm Water
  • Spray and Wipe (use newspaper to wipe for streak free finish)

2nd:

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dishsoap
  • Spray and wipe, newspaper is useful here too.