Fabric Softener Crystals

This is awesome!  I used to use plain old Epsom Salt or 1 cup of vinegar in my wash when I would run out of fabric softener. Then I tried making liquid fabric softener, but my clothes felt waterproof (not good since if liquid beads up on fabric there’s a guarantee it is all over the dryer vent which is a fire hazard!) Anyway, I found a gem! and I already had all the ingredients! The ingredients cost less than $2 total! (I recently bought some of the Purex Crystals for a little over $3) a dollar saved is money in my pocket!

So I used a recipe for fabric softener crystals I found on a cute little blog called One Good Thing by Jillee!

 

Ingredients:

4 cups  Epsom Salt

40 drops of essential oil(s)- about 10 drops per cup of epsom salt, but you can put more

incorporate (this means stir/shake/mix) really well

I used lemon and lavender essential oils – which is also what I use in my laundry liquid. Smells nice.

I store it in an airtight container.

Use approximately 1/4 c. per load. Put it in with the clothes and detergent (no need to try to time the rinse cycle)

Declan’s Ouchie Remover and Dale’s Not So Stinky Peppermint Vapor Rub

For this ointment (and any containing essential oil) if you can find the dark glass apothecary jars please use them. The essential oils will loose their effectiveness in light. I have been unable to find the dark glass jars and settled for clear. When I was done I closed the jar, taped off the lid, and spray painted it with black paint. Whatever works.

Declan’s Ouchie Remover

He is one of the roughest little boys, EVER (takes after his daddy) and he is always needing his ouchies taken care of. So, he calls this his Ouchie Remover!

Following “Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment”, 

add in the following essential oils once you remove the melted wax and oils from the heat:

2 tsp. tea tree essential oil

40 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops lemon essential oil

stir well and then pour into your sterilized jars. Let cool and store in a dark dry place – my bathroom closet/medicine cabinet is where I keep mine.

Dale’s Not So Stinky Peppermint Vapor Rub

Yep, you guessed it. My teenager doesn’t like the strong smell of Vapor Rub. So I came up with this just for him.

Following “Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment”, 

add in the following essential oils once you remove the melted wax and oils from the heat:

1 1/2 tsp   peppermint essential oil

1 tsp eucalyptus essential oil

40 drops rosemary essential oil

stir well and then pour into your sterilized jars. Let cool and store in a dark dry place – my bathroom closet/medicine cabinet is where I keep mine.

Donna’s Non-Petroleum Ointment

After much researching the internet for homemade antiseptic ointment and vapor rub, and reading A LOT of recipes (who knew?)… I have come up with my own version. This recipe is the base I use for both of them. It is great for moisturizing and (from what I have read) gentle on sensitive skin. As with anything you would put on your skin, there is always a possibility of allergy. IF you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed.. then don’t use it.

Super easy and quick to make.. you may never look for another ointment again! I know I won’t 🙂

 

Ingredients:

3 – 8 oz jars (as you can see from the pictures, I used canning jars)

4 oz (or 1/2 c)  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

12 oz (or 1 1/2 c) Coconut Oil (surprisingly enough I found this right next to the olive oil)

3 oz Organic Bees Wax pastilles

A kitchen scale (digital or not, as long as you can read it and it measures ounces you’re ok)

2 medium sized sauce pans (here in the south we call these boilers.. well, cause that’s what you do in them.. boil stuff)

paint stick for stirring (a clean one, people.. ask the guy or gal at the paint counter – mine were free)

 

Directions:

Using one of those medium sized sauce pans, sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water. I put mine in for about 2 minutes and removed them with tongs.. be careful- as with anything HOT there is a danger to be burned or scalded. Set them upside down to cool while you are making the ointment.

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In the other medium sized boiler, put EVOO, coconut oil, beeswax pastilles on medium heat. You need to watch this carefully. It will not take long for the beeswax to melt. Stir with your paint stick and once melted remove from heat.

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Now is where you would add in the essential oils IF you are making something specific.

Carefully pour the liquid into your sterilized jars and set aside to cool. It won’t take long and you will see it change from clear to cloudy as it solidifies. Image

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Store in a cool dry place. Shelf life of 2 years (mine gets used up in less than a year, so nothing to worry about).

 

 

 

WEEDS!

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Cute television show, BUT I am not talking about those weeds…. I’m talking about the pesky green vegetative variety that overtakes every crack in the driveway and overruns fence lines and flower gardens making your beautiful lawn look unkempt. I’m talking about these….Image

 

I do not like having to deal with chemicals and I really dislike repeatedly pulling the suckers out to have them quickly sprout back up and EEK! .. multiply!

I ran across this recipe for homemade weed killer

I love it! Just be careful where you spray because it will kill everything… it is not prejudiced and will equally kill your flowers along with the unwanted targets! If you don’t want to follow the link, keep reading!

This makes 1 gallon!

Ingredients:

2 cups table salt

1 gallon white vinegar (make sure it has 5 percent acidity)

8 drops liquid dishwashing soap, preferably Dawn

Directions:

1 Mix this up in a large container (I used a clean milk jug) and then put some in a spray bottle.

**I can’t stress the next part enough…
2 label, Label, LABEL! (give it a crazy  name if you want, but label it clear and simple so that anyone reading the bottle will know what it is!)
 
3 Spray the offending weed or vegetation. It should die in a couple of days.
4 Make sure you put your homemade weed killer in a safe place!

Happy weed killing! 🙂

 

Ashley’s Homemade Adventures

Ashley’s Homemade Adventures

I am so excited to share my friend’s blog with you! As the name indicates, it is about homemade! She was tired of cringing at labels full of things she couldn’t pronounce and are not good for our bodies and decided to embark on replacing those items with non-toxic homemade items! Take a look! You won’t regret it!

My Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe (safe for all machines, even HE)

What you need:

1 bar soap (Fels Naptha, Zote, and Ivory are the only brands I have seen in hundred of recipes. The stores in my area don’t carry Zote, but I heard the pink Zote has a wonderful scent)
2 cups Borax (20 Mule Team is a popular brand)
2 cups Super Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer) this is NOT the same as baking soda!

All of these items can be found on the laundry detergent aisle in your super market. I used to have to make a special trip to Kroger because they were the only ones I could get the Borax and Washing Soda from, but imagine my delight when Wal-Mart started carrying them! 🙂 Oh Happy Day! LOL

optional ADD INS: essential oil (in your favorite scent) I haven’t done this yet because I can’t get my family to agree on anything

1 grater – the smallest holes (I use my cheese grater.. don’t worry! It is soap! It washes off – IF I had a food processor I would use it.. but I don’t 🙂 )

boiler (some people call this a sauce pan.. whatever! you know what I mean- a pot with a handle)

wooden spoon (I don’t know if metal makes a difference.. this is just what I use, besides.. they come in packs of 5 for a dollar at any dollar store)

5 gallon bucket with a lid (I found one at a locally owned hardware store.. you can find them anywhere paint is sold- of course Walmart was out when I went there- wide range of prices, so shop around!) It needs a lid.. this is what you are storing your detergent in

empty laundry detergent bottles or soda bottles or milk jugs- cleaned thoroughly (these also need lids people.. I use empty laundry detergent bottles.. comes with the built in measure cup as a lid)

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Directions:
1. grate the soap
2. Dissolve the soap in approx 6 cups of hot water in your pot over medium heat. (I start with hot water so it won’t take as long to dissolve, by the way this means hot from the tap. I mention hot water again later and you can assume I mean the same thing) Stir constantly with your spoon until completely dissolved then turn off the heat. Soap soup is ready.  The reason I don’t boil the water is because it makes the soap suds up A LOT and I just prefer not to have foam on top of my finished detergent 🙂

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3. Measure out your Borax and Washing Soda (it is ok to put them in the same bowl, they won’t spontaneously combust or have a really cool chemical reaction as long as they are dry) Try to get out as many lumps as possible. It is really humid in Louisiana, so mine ‘brick’ up. I put it in a gallon size ziploc and use a drinking glass to press out the lumps.

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4. Fill your bucket about half way with hot water. Grab your wooden spoon (again convenient because of the LONG handle). Stir in soap soup and the borax-washing soda. It doesn’t matter what order, but I have read that it causes small fizzing when put in certain ways. I personally haven’t seen any fizzing that would affect your detergent.. however, I usually add in the borax-washing soda to the water together and stir to dissolve before adding the soap soup. This is where you would add in your essential oil – about 20 drops, but it’s up to you
5. finished stirring? really good? okay… fill your bucket up the rest of the way with cold water (from the tap). I use my boiler from earlier to help get any soap left in it into that bucket.
6. Stir some more…. until you are satisfied you have mixed everything together (you know how when you make jello and you get to the step of adding cold water and you don’t stir it in good your jello comes out crazy when it is done? … think of the jello while stirring)
7. You can use immediately (I do.. esp since I usually wait til I run out to make more, sheesh)
8. Don’t forget to put the lid on for storage

Let it cool completely… usually overnight. It will gel, okay? Don’t worry.. it’s supposed to do that. Just mix it and funnel it into your bottles for easier use (PLEASE label all bottles for SAFETY purposes)

I use 1/2 cup per load of laundry. Be advised that even after you stir the detergent, it will gel again if it sits for several hours. I shake my laundry detergent bottle before I measure it out for the load.