Dirty Little Secret

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We all have that dirty little secret.  You know that one deep down that you don’t want anyone else to know. It becomes your obsession, your mission, and you must gain fulfillment. So you slip away in the quiet moments when no one is watching to get  your fix. Oh the rush! The joy!, This is soon followed by  guilt, frustration and shame. Yes, friends I am an addict. I am addicted to achieving stain-free laundry, and doing it frugally is the ultimate high.

For the last 5 years, I have been experimenting with different homemade laundry soap recipes.  I was curious mostly because of allergies, but also I became more aware of all the unnecessary chemicals I was exposing myself to.  I tweaked the recipe until  I had  a laundry soap with effective c leaning power, low cost, usability on all wash cycles, and most importantly one that was hypoallergenic. Nobody likes to itch.

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Homemade laundry soap has its benefits:

  • You can choose whether or not you want soap heavy in fragrance without paying a higher price for natural soap.
  • It’s less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
  • Cost savings especially for larger families.
  • You can avoid unnecessary dyes and phosphates found in most detergents.
  • Not animal tested.
  • Eco friendly and biodegradable.
  • Clothes last longer.

Simple ingredients:

Borax- Is an active cleaner stain and smell remover.

Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster- Has color saving properties it also brightens lights & whites.

Fels naptha or Zote- Stain remover laundry cleaner and scent  buy an extra bar and use it to pre-treat stained clothes before washing.( Side note: You can use any bar soap in its place but I’ve found wash wise it works the best.)

Scented Essential Oil- Optional for added fragrance.

Things you’ll need:

  • 2-Large empty clean and washed laundry soap bottles.
  • 1-3 -gallon bucket.
  • 1.5 -gallon cooking pot.
  • An Emersion blender.
  • A box grater.
  • A large funnel.

 

Recipe: (Beginner level,  Easy)

1 cup- Borax

1 cup –Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster

1 bar-Fels Naptha or soap of choice

20 drops -essential oil (optional)

Method

  • Measure 1 cup borax and 1 cup laundry booster add to cooking pot. Along with 1 gallon of tap water and 1 bar of grated soap.
  • Heat on low until bar soap is melted. Stirring occasionally making sure there is no sediment on the bottom that could stick and burn.
  • Once mixture has completely dissolved add essential oil (optional) then carefully pour hot mixture into 3 gallon bucket. Be sure to use proper safety precautions when handling hot objects.
  • Once poured, fill the bucket with cold or warm water to 2.5 gallon mark.
  • Let sit for 24 hrs the soap will become very thick and goopy. Use the emersion blender mix the soap until it becomes smooth and pourable.
  • Pour into containers using the funnel and your soap is ready to use.

 

 


Ratings:

Over all this recipe works well! The only flaw I’ve found is sometimes when you wash in cold water it leaves some white residue, but this doesn’t happen often usually in the winter months.  If you have issues with static cling and want to go the natural route for fabric softener, try adding ¼ cup of white vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser. This soap is a huge price savings at $1.01 per 96 load bottle compared to other commercial natural soaps which range from$ 10.00-$20.00 per bottle. This just goes to show a little bit of work can save you a whole lot of money. So the next time you get dirty, you can feel good about it.

 

Well, Smell My Pits!

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Purposeful living to me means making more time for myself and family by doing things from scratch.  This saves money and allows me to limit my family’s exposure to unnecessary chemicals.  I’ve been using the aluminum-free, “hippie” deodorants for the past 10 years. But the cost of natural convenience has skyrocketed. I fully believe and support local businesses whenever possible, but I have to draw the line at $11.50 per stick.  So I’ve been stashing our used, empty deodorant applicators, so that I could fill them with homemade concoction. I did my research, looked at many different recipes and created one of my own.

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The ingredients are simple:

  •  Baking soda- The baking soda absorbs moisture
  •  Starch- Helps harden and bind the mixture you can use (Corn Starch, Tapioca Starch or Arrow Root).
  •  Coconut oil-The ingredient that allows everything to mix together and offers anti-microbial properties.
  • Beeswax- Acts as a binder to ensure the stick won’t melt in warmer weather.
  •  Essential oil that kills bacteria- This is what will kill the stink. You can use Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme, or Geranium essential oils.
  •  Essential oil for the fragrance- Whatever you want to smell like for the next few months.
  •  1 empty and clean deodorant stick applicator.
  •  Newspaper/Parchment: To cover your working area. Beeswax is difficult to clean up once it dries.

Recipe: ( Beginner Level, Easy)

  •  ¼ cup baking soda
  •  ¼ cup Tapioca starch
  •  3 T coconut oil
  •  1T Bees Wax
  •  5 Drops Tea Tree oil
  •  5 Drops Nag Champa

Method:

  •  Clean and dry applicator bottle, make sure you put it back together making sure the inside plunger is in the farthest down position.
  •  Combine Coconut oil and Bees Wax in a microwave safe container heat until melted.
  •  In another bowl mix the dry ingredients.
  •  Add your essential oils to the melted  coconut oil/bees wax mixture.
  •  Combine your oil with dry ingredients using a whisk to mix quickly.
  •  Once mixture is combined work quickly to pour into empty deodorant container. If mixture sets up before you can get it into the applicator you can put it in manually but use a knife to work around the stick to release air bubbles.
  •  DO NOT OVER FILL! If you over fill you can’t get the cap off.
  •  Let it cure for 24 hours before use.

Ratings: I thought this recipe was really easy and fun. I am really satisfied with the results, stink factor and budget friendly at $1.97/stick a cost savings of $9.53 from my last purchase of Pit Paste at the health food store.

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