Homemade laundry soap

20130602-174333.jpgThis one is super crazy easy. I adapted it from The Family Homestead. Thanks for the inspiration, family homestead!

Here’s the recipe I’ve adapted:

1/3 c grated ivory (or fels naphtha) soap
1/2 c washing soda
1/2 c borax
2 gal water
25 drops of lavender essential oil (or your favorite essential oil)

Grate the bar soap (it’ll be about 1/3 of a bar) and add it to 6 cups hot water. Stir til dissolved, then add the dry stuff and stir. When it’s all dissolved, add the rest of the water, 24 cups. This will bring you up to 2 gallons of water total. Add the oil. Let it sit in a big bucket overnight until it gels. After that, pour it into an old laundry soap bottle and go to town. Use about 1/2 c each load.

I love this stuff. It’s gelly, smells good, and is crazy cheap. I paid no more than ten bucks for the boxes of borax and washing soda and a package of ivory soap, and I’ve made quite a few batches this year. Since I put the soap into “real” laundry bottles, my roommates use it, too. They were afraid to do so when I stored the soap in jars. Now, in conventional containers, they don’t know the difference. Bam.



Ditch or do: Feb vacay week

It takes a week off for me to be super productive. Sigh. This tells me much

Anyway, I got my new windows installed this week! That’s pretty slick. Next up is the big tree trimmage of 2012, which is officially on the schedule. On deck is either the patio or the patio door. Tee bee dee.

New window over and beside the sink. So much stuff had to be moved away from the window! I like it better all clear, so I spent part of Sunday reorganizing cabinets and drawers to accomodate a clean countertop.

Beyond that, I got those damned bottles into the yard. Neighbors are oh-so-pleased. Actually, one did stop by as I was elbow-deep in Topo Chico bottles and lamented the missing wine bottles. Happy to oblige, I am. The wine bottles round out the end. 🙂

The funny thing is, all but about 6 of these TC bottles came from one friend! That's a lotta wattah.
Wine bottles, sans labels, laid out along the garden hose guide, ready for planting. By the end my arms were dead since, yes, I did this all in one go.

Also, more sorting and boxing completed and one sent out today. I’m hoping to send something off each week, plus donate or sell something else. Last week ARC picked up a bag and a box from our house, so I’m on track!

Bottom box is out the door!

In the last 4.5 hours…

…I have:

  1. Checked my work email for information regarding my schedule today.
  2. Walked to the grocery store
  3. Scrubbed the toilet, floor, and tub by hand (Cinderella-style, bitches!) with baking soda, lemon, and vinegar when the lemon ran out.
  4. Set my (cloth) shower curtain out to soak in lemon juice.
  5. Washed 2 loads of laundry and hung 1 load to dry.
  6. Checked my work email for information regarding my schedule today.
  7. Canceled cable TV.
  8. Updated my insurance information and confirmed some wacky account haps.
  9. Drew up sketches of a house remodel (as if).
  10. Sorted my junk mail.
  11. Checked my work email for information regarding my schedule today.

How ya like me now, Friday the 13th??  Ungh!

Oh, and I’ve come to work.  Never forget: time permitting, go to work.  Still haven’t gotten that email, but at least now I’ve confirmed that no one has, so the holding pattern continues…

Next up:

  1. Break down and buy iMovie for my phone so I can actually make movies the way I wanted to.  I know, you’re thinking “this list isn’t exciting enough?” And I say no.  No, you need weekly updates on my boring weeks.  You do.  You don’t know it yet, but you do.
  2. Fix my stupid insurance account online so I don’t get paper statements anymore.
  3. Check on my 401k account and sync it with Mint on my phone.
  4. Pay some more bills.
  5. Get estimates on replacement windows, screens, gutters, and downspouts.

Thrills and chills, I tell you.  Thrills.  And.  Chills.

Update: I went home at lunch and finished that 2nd load of laundry and started the third that had been soaking.  Tune in next week for the exciting end to this cliff-hanger, as I mow the lawn!!  *gasp!*

The interwebs rescues my mind!

First of all, I consider it a very successful weekend when my yard clothes are filthy* and I end the day hosing off before I get into the pool.  Awesome.

But then the week starts and I realize I spent all my time in the yard and omg the house smells funky, like an old man’s toenails.

Enter, the interwebs:

No Time to Clean? What to Do.

Ah, thank you Small Notebook on teh lines.  Just point me in the right direction.  A starting point was all I needed for this elephant feast.

*Scored a huge load of free rocks from Craigslist.  Somehow, MBF got them to deliver the rocks to our house, and the dude even loaned MBF some gloves to use while we unloaded the truck.  Wow!  As a bonus, I do NOT have a lingering pile of rocks in the yard.  I _do_ have extra rocks here and there in my garden beds, and the courtyard is taking some sort of form.  Yay.  Free.  Garden.  Outdoors.

Oh!  And I can confirm those Off! clip-on things work.  I had mosquitos swarming me while I opened the package (boo, packaging) but nothing after I clipped the sucker on, nor while I put the clipon by the edge of the pool, then sat on the step near the thingy.  If I was a step down, mosquitos got curious.  But the top step, really close to the thingy?  Golden.