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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Make your own Laundry Detergent

My friend Amanda just posted on her daughter's blog that she made her own laundry detergent, so of course I have to post my version. :) I printed this out long ago on an emergency newsletter that I publish at church.

It works beautifully and I use it all the cheap!

1 bar of soap, your preference. Fels Naptha, is commonly used, or Ivory or another plain pure soap.  I have used Fels Naptha but now I use Pure and Natural bar soap.

2 cups of washing soda (not baking soda... (Wal-Mart and Winco)
2 cups of borax
¼ cup Oxy-Clean powder


Use a cheese grater to grate up the bar of soap.
In a large container with a sealable lid, mix together the grated soap and borax, then ..
Add in the washing soda and oxy-clean
Put the lid on the container, and shake the container to mix the contents well.
When you do laundry, use about 1/4 cup, or if your machine is a front loading type, just use a heaping tablespoon.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gardening Beginning 2011

Here it is mid March already. I mostly have winter/fall vegetables still out there producing, but I also just planted a couple tomatoes just for fun...and of course it's crazy rainy out, but ah well.  I like to try early.  I have lots of other things going on as you can see.  I'll post again in mid April when I hope to have all summer veggies planted.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dinner is in the Jar

For the past three months I have been putting together many dried dinners from the Dinner is in the Jar book.  All of them are excellent...Kathy Clark is to be commended!

I have gone from putting them into jars to placing them in mylar bags.  Here are two pix of how I'm doing them...put a label on the outside of what it is and how to refill and cook the item, then seal up with an iron.  Works great.  I also put in an oxygen absorber.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Seedlings 2011

I started my seeds beginning of last month, now they are ready for transplant into larger cups. I made them from 8 1/2 by 11 white paper, only because I didn't have any black and white newspaper to use this time (too lazy to go get a paper). 

They are doing great and will stay in the garden box with the "cover" I made over them until ready to plant into the garden box itself.