Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ugly Christmas Sweater pictures :)

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We have been talking for a couple of years now about taking our Holiday pictures for our cards in ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’. This year we finally took the plunge. In the beginning of the month we took a trip to our local Salvation Army store and found the mother load of sweaters all on one rack. My husband, my son and I were going to get the sweaters and take an awkward photo and put it in our holiday card. But when I saw the rack full of sweaters I bought one for not only us but my mother in law, and my mother & father. A photographer friend of ours offered to do our pictures and we ended with an Epic Family shot :) I ordered our Holiday cards from Shutterfly and mailed them to all of our family and friends! Here is our Holiday Card!

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DIY: Laundry detergent..

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20120102-162840.jpgSo a year ago I started making my own powdered Laundry and Dishwasher detergent, a week later I was hooked on the laundry detergent and never looked back. I gave the dishwasher detergent about and month and decided I didn’t like it and it wasn’t for me. To this day I still use the powdered laundry detergent and love it. I would like to share it with you..
I found the recipe on this blog, (giving credit where credit is due) and have added and changed a few things over the year. I use these ingredients:

DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 Bar Shaved Fels-Naptha Soap – $1.19 at Publix

1 Cup of 20 Mule Borax – $4.25 at Pubix

1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Baking Soda will not work) – $2.50 at Publix

I use 1-2 TBS of powdered detergent to my loads of laundry and also add the following:

1/4 of Vinegar (in softener dispenser)

4 drops of tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus essential oils (in with vinegar)

Directions:

20120102-162812.jpgStart with these ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, and a bar of soap.

20120102-162819.jpgCut the Soap into chunks and Pulse in food processor until it is as fine as it will go. If you don’t have a food processor grate with cheese greater.

20120102-162825.jpgAdd the Borax and Washing soda to food processor Pulse until mixed thoroughly and soap is very fine, It should like picture   above.  If you are grating with a cheese greater you will not be able to get it super fine, this is okay it will still work and will still dissolve.

You might be wondering why I use the vinegar and the essential oils in the loads of laundry.. Well, the Vinegar is good for helping rinse the soap residue off of the clothing, in turn making the clothing soft. The vinegar does not make the clothes smell and does not harm the clothing. (this is from my experience and you should use at your own digression) I use the essential oils for two reasons, I like that my clothes to have a nice smell to them, the soap does smell nice but I like to change it up. And the Tea Tree and Lavender Oils are good disinfectants. My husband goes into a lot of different customers homes daily and I like to use the Tea Tree Oil to help disinfect his uniform. This will also help keep some of the pesky skin and hair bugs ( Examples are scabies, bed bugs, lice.. etc.) away when going into so many customer homes. We have never had any of these and you can never be to preventative of things like that. This might be helpful for your childrens clothing if they attend school or day care. I like to use the lavender as a disinfectant on my towels, sheets and blankets. You do not need to use the vinegar or the essential oil. I did not use any of it for a while, theses are things I have slowly added into my routine with the homemade detergent.

I am currently thinking about making some liquid laundry detergent and adding the essential oils so there is one less step when throwing in a load of laundry. I am just a little unsure about storing 5 gallons of liquid detergent.. I make two batches of the powder and store it in one of my Goodwill finds, it fits very nicely in my basket on top of my dryer.