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Powdered Laundry Soap

 
Last nigSONY DSCht my friend Brenda was blessed to share with some women last night ideas for saving money.  Sorry I was unable to make it as well.  I so would have loved to share with you as well.
 
 Some of the women were asking for a powdered version of homemade laundry soap.  So here it is ladies, from http://www.diynatural.com
 
Homemade powder laundry detergent recipe
This powdered detergent recipe requires just three simple ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make.

Detergent Recipe

Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).

Ingredients

1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (a homemade laundry barDr. Bronner’sIvoryZOTE, or Fels-Naptha)

1 cup of borax

1 cup of washing soda

Directions

Thoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results! You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.

To Use

Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).

http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/

 
 

 

Pods for the Dishwasher

b101-dishwasher-podsHere is the recipe for some homemade dishwasher pellets.  The recipe is from http://www.budget101.com/myo-household-items/homemade-dishwasher-pellets-3916.html  She states this recipe ends up costing her $.02-$.03 per pellet or pod.  That is quite a savings.

I have listed the recipe here, however if you click on the above link, it will show you step by step pictures.  I love how she shares that if you do not want to make the entire batch all at once, you can store the powder for the next time you are running low.  Sweetness!!

If you I do not use a dishwasher so I have not made them but I have friends who have and love them.    Enjoy……..

From Budget 101

Recently I started noticing how much money I was spending on dishwasher detergent, especially the pods or pellets. Brand-name pellets ranged from a low of 2.98 to 6.29 for 20 pellets on a recent visit to the grocery store. That’s when I decided to make my own.

Materials and supplies:
2-gallon bucket
measuring cup
spoon
large glass mixing bowl
tablespoon
3 – 16 cube plastic ice cube trays

1 – 54-55 oz box of washing soda / detergent booster (3.89)
1 – 76 oz box of borax (4.49)
1 – 2 lb carton of epsom salts (.99)
1 – bottle reconstituted lemon juice (32 oz for .99)
$10.36 for over 300 pellets

I used a 2 gallon bucket to mix the following dry ingredients;
1-54 oz box of washing soda (you can substitute a box of White King Detergent booster (no chlorine or phosphates) for the washing soda)
1-76 oz box of Borax
1- 2 lb carton of epsom salts

I measure out 2 to 2 1/2 cups of the mixture into a large glass mixing bowl and add lemon juice a a tablespoon at a time and stir until it begins to clump. It will fizz a little bit but not very much. If you squeeze the clumps between your fingers it will feel slightly sticky.

Place enough to loosely fill each of the ice-cube molds in a plastic ice cube tray (you will need 3 trays with sixteen molds per tray.

Put on disposable glove or cover your thumb with a thin plastic shopping bag (this is very drying to your skin) and press the damp mixture into the mold until it is level in each mold. The tops of the molded pellets should be moist and slightly sticky.

Put them in the back seat of your car in direct sun – it will take several days to dry out depending on the temperature and humidity. (Do not microwave – it will prolong the drying time and the cubes will stick, do not put them in your oven – the trays might melt) You could also use a food dryer, or if it is summer set them on a table in the sun. We have very low humidity in the Central Valley, so I often set the trays on the trampoline when it is not in use. I bring them in at night as the dew re-wets the cubes.

They are ready to tap out of the trays when they pull away from the sides of the mold.

If you haven’t tamped your cubes down firmly, some will crumble. Don’t worry about it. Crumble up the cube and let it dry until it is like a clod. They grind it in a mortar, put into a shaker bottle. This is the best abrasive cleaner that I’ve found. A little sprinkle (takes very little), hot water, wait a few minutes until the
detergent starts to dissolve, then use a rag to scrub. My broiler pan came clean so easily.

Also, if you are making just 48 pellets at a time, what do you do with the powder that’s left? I asked for a large empty whey powder container and stored the extra powder there.

From what I can figure, it costs me about three to four cents per dishwasher pellet.

You should use some lemon juice as a rinse aid in your dishwasher to avoid spots.b101-dishwasher-pods

Wool Dryer Balls

Here is a really awesome idea I cannot wait to try.  For the cost of a skein of wool yarn and a drop or two of essential oil you can eliminate the cost of fabric softener or dryer sheets.  This comes from One Good Thing By Jillee

How would you like to never buy another fabric softener product again AND cut your laundry drying time in half???

Would you believe me if I told you these little woolen gems can do that?

Wool Dryer Balls save you moneyenergy and time by cutting the dryer’s drying time and by eliminating the need to buy softeners. When you use 4 balls in your dryer, you can cut your dryer time by 25-50%!

HOW IT WORKS:

The balls circulate and separate the clothing and get the warm dry air right down to the core of the laundry load! The more balls you add, the faster the drying time. They also soften your clothesthrough gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against your clothing fibers. And as if that weren’t enough…..they LAST for YEARS!

They couldn’t be simpler to make (all you need is some wool yarn, and a pair of pantyhose) and I just LOVE howPRACTICAL they are! I actually think these would make a wonderful gift! (Making mental note.)

HOW TO MAKE A WOOL DRYER BALL:

Start with a skein of 100% WOOL yarn. (This cost me about $5 and I got four balls out of it.)

 

To start your ball, wrap the yarn around your fingers about 20 times and then slip it off and wrap the yarn around the middle of that circle you just made about 20 more times.

wool dryer balls

Now pinch the beginnings of your yarn ball together and keep wrapping! Make sure you wrap it nice and tight.  Pretty soon you will have something that looks like this. Tuck the end of the yarn under some of the other strands of yarn to secure.

Repeat above steps until you’ve made 4 or more balls.

Now you are ready to give them the “felting” treatment. You are going to need one leg ofwool dryer balls a pair of pantyhose or tights. Put the first ball into the toe of the pantyhose and secure it there with a piece of embroidery floss or acrylic yarn. Do NOT use wool yarn, you don’t want this to felt.

Toss the pantyhose “snake” into the washer (the hotter the water the better) and then into the dryer (again, the hotter the better. Speeds up the felting process.  After the first felting. The fibers have fused and it’s much smoother and tighter.

At this point you can do another layer of yarn and “felt” again if you want a larger sized ball. I chose to leave mine as is. Keep in mind they will get slightly smaller over time as they continue to felt.

 

You just made your own wool dryer balls! Go ahead, give them a spin! If you want, you can even add a couple of drops of essential oil to the balls before you throw them in the dryer. I used 1 – 2 drops of lavender on each one and my clothes came out smelling sooooooo nice!!!  I think the scent should last through several loads!

Another Strawberry Planter Idea

How-to-make-strawberry-planters-with-recycled-pallets-step-by-step-DIY-tutorial-instructions-512x396I love the looks of this.  My husband wants strawberries.  I love how this easy this idea is and how it would help decorate the backyard while giving us yummy berries.

 

http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how-to-make-strawberry-planters-with-recycled-pallets-step-by-step-diy-tutorial-instructions/

Raised Garden Beds

Here is a link to some instructions if you are interested in 25 different garden projects including raised garden beds. Raised Garden beds I think we will look into this at our house.  Will let ya know how it goes 🙂

http://www.craftionary.net/2013/05/25-diy-garden-projects-anyone-can-make.html

Sweet Idea For Strawberries

Strawberries in gutteringSweet Idea For Strawberries

This idea is courtesy of http://www.thethriftycouple.com.

What an awesome repurposing idea! Repurpose rain gutters for hanging strawberries (supported by rebar!). Be sure to drill drainage holes in the rain gutter. You can also mount them onto something instead of elevating with rebar.

I told Alex a couple of years ago that I wanted a hanging strawberry idea, but instead we replanted shoots from a friends patch. Ours are in the ground and doing well – this will be the second year with the replanted shoots and we had quite a few strawberries last year and so we are hopeful for many more this year! But I love this idea and may try this in the future!

DIY Compost Bin

We have been wanting to build a compost bin.  I saw this on a blog I follow.  Looks like it would be a doable project for my husband and I.

If we make it our of cedar as recommend, it would last quite a while.  Love it!!!

Check it out….DIY Compost Bin

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Concrete Planters


concrete-planters1I found this idea online today.  I love how creative others are.  I can do this with their directions.

Creativity is not my strong suit so I am extra thankful the Lord gave others that gift 🙂  Looks pretty simple.

http://www.goodshomedesign.com/concrete-planters-2/

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