Knotty Witch

Cooking, Crafting, Dreaming…it's what I do

This look like a good time to you? January 30, 2011

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But it really was. It helps that the “pencil” protruding from my hand is in fact a latex prosthetic from our local costume shop. DD and I spent some time there this afternoon at a free make-up class.  It was, as many of the best things are – a last minute type of thing. S.S and I just noticed the sign out in front of the store while we were on the bus on our way home yesterday. I called Sammy right away, knowing she’d be thrilled to attend. Unfortunately, it was a bit short notice for her to find any one to go with – so I went with her, and I’m glad I did. We had a really good time there. It’s been a while since we’ve had any “Mommy-Girl” time, as we call it.

                                         This definately fit the bill.

 

Laundry Soap Recipe January 15, 2011

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Laundry Soap ing.

Years ago, I read about home-made laundry soap recipes online in a forum that is no longer available.

There were many shared, both liquid and powder, I’ve always preferred the powder. Even when we lived where we had harder water, I would just put the powder into a jar with hot water, shake it up to dissolve and then put it into the machine from there. For me, it’s more of a storage issue. It takes less room to store 6 months worth of detergent in one container in powder form, as opposed to jugs of liquid. Plus, I have a tendency to lean towards laziness to be honest, and the powder is much easier to complete. There are many recipes for H.M detergent still to be found, I’m sharing with you the one we use.
 
1 -55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1-76 ounce box of Borax
2 – 5.5 ounce bars of Fels-Naptha laundry soap finely grated.
 
Combine all ingredients well into a large (we use a large cereal container) container with a good lid. Shake it up a bit if you’d like.
 
To use, just add 2 tablespoons worth per load.
 
It does not suds. This threw me off for a while at first. I tested it against a national brand name, and it won – hands down – for us. For a while, I wasn’t able to find the ingredients to make it where we’d moved to. I had forgotten all about it until we bought this house and my Father bought me front loading machines. These require “He” soaps, which are more expensive. Ironically enough, where they differ from ‘regular’ soaps, (aside from in price) is they are low sudsing. Seems the agent in ‘regular’ detergents is damaging to the belts in the front loading machines.
For under $11, I can make enough soap to do laundry for the 6 of us who live down stairs, 3 who live upstairs and it lasts us about 2 months per batch.