Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

Homemade Borax-Free Laundry DetergentThis recipe costs about forty cents per load – not too bad for doing it yourself!
1/2 cup baking soda

⅓ cup of lemon juice

1 cup washing soda

1/4 cup coarse sea salt

1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap ( these are available with natural fragrance as well)

Directions:
Grate the bar in your food processor, or very finely by hand.

Place the grated soap in a large bowl and combine the other ingredients and stir to break up any clumps.

Pour the soap into a container with a lid

Pour the laundry soap into an airtight container for storage.

If you’re doing regular-sized loads of laundry, use 1 tablespoon of laundry soap per load. If you’re doing a large load, or your clothes are extra dirty, use 2 tablespoons per load.

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Do-it-Yourself Dryer Sheets

Do-it-Yourself Dryer SheetsThese dryer sheets eliminate static cling and keep your laundry soft and smelling wonderfully fresh!

Cut cotton cloth into five-inch squares ( old cotton t-shirts work great).

Add five drops of your favorite essential oil and toss the cloth into the dryer.

After a few loads, add a few more drops of essential oil ( lavender, grapefruit, and lemon are all great options).

Liquid Soap Nuts Recipe

Liquid Soap Nuts RecipeSoap nuts are as natural as it gets and are available in many health stores and online.
1 cup of soap berries

4 cups water

½ cup white vinegar

Directions:
Put all ingredients into a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Simmer on low for about 30 minutes.( with a lid)

Use a slotted spoon to mash the berries while they are cooking.

Remove lid and simmer for 30 more minutes – stir once in awhile.

Take the pot off of the heat and strain out the liquid.

Let it cool and pour into an airtight jar.

This should give you about 40 loads in a HE machine

wipes for house

Ingredients

½ cup water
½ cup vinegar
8 drops essential oil including lavender
1 teaspoon detergent
Micro-fibre cloths
Large airtight jar
Instructions

Place cloths into large jar
In a jug combine water, vinegar, essential oil and detergent, mix to combine
Pour liquid over cloths
Seal jar

Use to clean things when done with wipe rinse it and place in laundry to be washed . 

Saves money and doesn’t have all the weird chemicals as store bought wipes

Liquid laundry detergent

  • -1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Almond or Baby soap
  • 1 dry cup of Borax
  • 1 dry cup of  Washing Soda
  • 1 dry cup of  Baking Soda
  • opt. a few drops of tea tree for disinfecting
  • Three gallons of tap water

    grate soap into sauce pan- add 2 cups of water stir, dissolve.
    into a five gallon bucket add Borax, washing soda and tea tree if using.
    dump melted soap liquid into bucket and stir quickly
    add water  stir and put lid on.
    set overnight- measure out 1/2 cup of liquid for light loads and 1 cup for normal.
     cheap liquid, Eco, natural detergent!

Dry Detergent for Clothes

Powdered Detergent

4 lb box Borax

3 lb box Washing Soda

4 lb box baking soda
3 lb container OxyClean (optional….but I have messy toddlers)

2 bars Fels Naptha soap (Dove is another soap I use

1.Grate bars of soap using a fine grater.  I use rubber gloves so that I don’t grate my fingers as well.I don’t grate my fingers as well.

2. In a large 5 gallon bucket, layer all ingredients and mix.  I put the lid on and rolled the bucket around and then used my rubber gloved hands to mix this all up.  It was a workout.

3. Use 2 Tbsp per load.  Sprinkle directly in drum on top of clothes.

*This works great in top loading, front loading, regular, and HE machines.

Inshaallah I will post a recipe for the liquid kind soon

boredom and depression and repeat days

I haven’t been blogging and posting as much as I have wanted to , I have been struggling with depression and boredom . I feel like I am sleep walking through my days at times each day seems to be the same as the last wake up do Fajr prayer then go back and try to sleep because it’s the butt crack of dawn and no one is awake yet but I never really get back to sleep , everyone here gets up around 930/10am is normal breakfast time breakfast is always the same bread with cream cheese and jelly served with either tea or coffee then its chore time chores are usually the same make bed pick up room change and dress children / sweep and mop /wash dishes /wash clothes depending on the day of the week . Then comes Dhuhr Prayer  then it’s lunchtime around 230 to 3pm after Asr prayer then its nap time /quite time then around 7 to 730pm everyone gets up and sits around outside waiting for Maghrib prayer then Isha prayer and then  dinner is served around 930 to as late as midnight then it is time to get everyone ready for bed showering and changing into night-clothes and trying to deal with the loud noises of screaming over tired over sugared children. Some days it feels like the movie groundhog day were it just repeats over and over  .

This is how repeat feels just look at the photorepeat

Some good things have happened 

I am now doing prayers regularly 5 times a day which is good as in the past I have struggled with doing prayers 

Most of my diet is now fresh whole foods , still working on my cookie habit why do cookies taste so good?

Trying to find ways to combat the boredom and depression