Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Normally I don't push causes on our blog, facebook etc-- but this one is incredibly important to us, and I'd appreciate you considering to sign, and sharing with other families and friends that will sign too.
In 2012, the tax credit is still available, but no longer refundable as it has been in years past, making a WORLD of difference for low-moderate income families that already have little to no tax liability. This will literally be the reason why thousands of special-needs and children in foster care will not be adopted.
This is highly personal to us too--as we move forward and carefully weigh the possibility of Joseph's adoption in this coming months. If you've been looking for a way to support our family in this journey..here's your chance!
Lots of love,
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
I am happy to report that several of you have already made the homemade detergent tutorials! It really makes our day when we hear your success stories.
Today, I wanted to share our secret dishwasher detergent recipe. It's been passed down from generation to generation, and its very complicated and top-secret. Are you ready for this?
To create, mix equal parts of boarx and baking soda. Combine well, pour in container and use 2tbs per load. For extra rinsing power, add white vinegar to the second "rinse" compartment, about 1/8 cup.
That's it!! But trust me, it works just as good (if not better) than Cascade. You can find baking soda for cheap in most bulk sections of the grocery market, or for cheap at mass bulk stores like Sam's Club or Costco. Borax comes in at $2.00 for a large box at most family stores like Target, Walmart, etc. I prefer the 20-mule variety.
Let us know how this works! May soon post the link for homemade febreeze (already featured on our facebook page) and keep following for new recipes to come!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
I used a hand-held cheese grater to do the soap, took maybe 3 minutes to complete. A food processer or grater could also work on this semi-soft soap.
You'll want the soap to completely dissolve. The Fels-Naptha bar takes approximately 12-15 minutes of continuous stirring!
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
If the bucket is too heavy to hold, try using an extension from your facet or adding the water slowly.
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)So this bucket will come out to around $0.01 per load, and the nice thing is....the next load, I'll you'll have to get is another soap bar, running you an additonal $1.50 at most. In our home, we do maybe 4-5 loads per week (being generous) so this bucket will last a long, long time.
A few tips I learned:
Use a funnel to move the gel soap (once cooled) and place into the gallon containers. If you don't have the space to store a 5-gallon bucket, you can split it up into 10 milk jugs that you'll need to collect for a few weeks. But, it will keep for quite some time, you'll just need to give it a good shake and stir. Mine turned out REALLY thick and even a funnel couldn't do the job, so I slowly poured the mixture in by hand, using the cap to an old laundry bottle. It took some time, but the savings make it all worth it in my opinion.
But how did it work you asked? In our family, we have a LOT of sensitive skin. Previously, I couldn't use much besides Tide Free and Clear, and our little one could only use Deft. We gave this homemade batch a try on some towels, and they came out soft and smelling great: but the best part? No rashes! There has been a little debate on using borax to clean, especially with small children, though I feel confident with how diluted this recipe becomes, and the fact that it will be double-rinsed at the end of the cycle. The truth is: worse chemicals are in your store-bought cleaners, and half the time you won't even know what they are! Now that's REALLY scary.
What are some other recipes you'd like to learn about?
After taking a few weeks off to get ready for the holidays, we are back and ready to start making things all homemade!