1/27/11

Having Outlets

Our situation will be solved by Monday, so I will have the story then. Please continue to pray that God would shine light on His path. I feel as though we have had a few breakthroughs and lots of outside wisdom. I've been under a lot of stress recently, so I've decided to start some projects and not think about my situation!
Haha, great advice from the future counselor, but it's really helped to just focus on something else and do something fun. I have been organizing like crazy and have some awesome and cheap ways to organize. My friend told me today I could write a book on organization after losing 1,000 square feet of house! ha!

I also just completey re-hauled Davids room. He had huge furniture in there that was perfect in his old room, but did not fly in Nellie Mae. I will post pics and my deals.
Lastly, my newest and best project has been making homemade cleaners!
Please don't write me off that I am crazy. I'm not having 12 babies, homeschooling, and growing all our own food. Sorry if those are your plans. But, I do clean houses on the side and I've realized 2 things. Cleaners are kinda expensive. And they have some really harsh chemicals in them.

I have tested all mine to the max, and let me tell you that not only do they clean JUST as good, they are 100% natural and organic.

The first one I want to share is homemade laundry detergent. It is obviously free of dyes and chemicals and I use it on all our clothes, even the small childrens. Doesnt irritate skin.
Let me tell you how cheap it is first.

A box of Borax is $2 at Publix.
A box of washing soda is $3 at Publix.
Fels Naptha soap is 99 cents.
The lady that did the demonstration on it has had both boxes of cleaners for 1 whole year and has a family of 4. Whoa. You do the math!
The soap is the only thing you have to buy every time you make it. So far, one recipe seems to last 2 months. Isn't that crazy?!! That's $5 per year and 99 cents every couple months:
Here is how!
1/2 c of Borax
1/2 c washing soda
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap
*Publix keeps all 3 of these items next to eachother on the laundry isle. Near the stain remover section.
Anyway, you put the powders into a blender or food processor, chop the soap up into ice cubes and then put it on top of the power. Blend until it is completely smooth and looks like detergent. (It is white and khaki colored).
Get this. You only need 1 Tablespoon per load, 2 Tablespoons if its very soiled. I do 2 b/c my babies are messy!
I hope you try it, it will save your family TONS of money! I do lots of laundry! That's why I tried it out b/c it was worth the risk of seeing if it worked and i LOVE it! it also smells great! My sister learned it at a MOPS meeting and we've been doing it. So don't think Im super.
I have more awesome things and I will post soon.

8 comments:

Rachel said...

My friend and are going to make this together soon. I'm excited! We are also going to do a few other things too. I'm getting rid of all my store bought cleaners and making my own like you! So much safer and cheaper too. Can't wait to see what else you have been up to!

Eric and Peggy said...

I am so trying this!!! What other cleaners do you have??

jennifer said...

Hey, I have awesome recipes for all purpose household cleaner. i literally use it on windows, bathrooms, kitchen, wood, floors. it cleans everything awesome and no streaks.
The other is dishsoap and bathwash.
im compiling my recipes and pics and will post again. or u can call me!

Kate Kear said...

Is this able to be used in a front load washer or only a top load?

jennifer said...

hey kate, its supposed to be the same as regular detergent! so if you can put powder detergent in there, you are good to go! let me know how it goes!

Cecilia said...

I love trying stuff like this, thanks for sharing! I would add that if you ever have an issue with towels or something souring you can put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser and it kills the smell.
I clean with baking soda a fair amount, and someone suggested saving a grated parm. container to use as a dispenser. Works wonderfully!

Lucy said...

jennifer - loving all your tips! thanks for sharing! just put all of this on my grocery list and am excited to save money on good laundry detergent. did want to ask - what do you use to pretreat stains on your kids clothes? also, do you use certain kinds of homemade cleaner for the toilet? thanks! (frances lightcap - jamie smith's friend)

Anonymous said...

Hello! I am wanting to make your soap recipe... have you ever used Don Maximo soap in it? I have several bars from my mom that she gave me 15 years ago that I haven't used for anything!

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