Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm So Martha



Hello, Dear Ones.
I decided I would try to make my own laundry detergent.
Therefore...I'm so Martha.
Well, except I haven't done anything, that I know of, worthy of prison time, don't have a TV show and people don't seem to shake and tremble in my presence! :)

I looked at quite a few Pinterest directions on this, combined some of them 
and this is what I came up with.

On with the show...here's what you need.

Don't get this confused with your regular baking soda - this is washing soda.
SUPER washing soda. 
I found it and all my other ingredients at Kroger.

Good ole 20 Mule Team Borax. 
I remember commercials about this laundry additive when I was a little girl.
Notice it says 'mules' not horses and you know how stubborn mules are supposed to be.

Well, I told a tiny fib, I got the soap I used at The Dollar Store.
Other soaps can be used but this is a naturally made soap and has a dainty lavender smell.
Lots of the directions recommended using a soap called Castile - petroleum free.
I'd never heard of it.
You can also use a glycerin, coconut based or olive oil based soap.
I remember as a teenager this Yardley English Lavender soap was such a treat 
and more expensive then others. 
Now it's at the dollar stores! :)

Here's how I made my homemade laundry detergent:

2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
2 bars of Yardley English Lavender Soap

Directions:

Yep, your most gorgeous peepers are gazing at a very olden blender here
and that's the reason I'm using it to chop up my soap.
Most directions said to grate your soap.
I am not fond of scrapping my most dainty tiny knuckles, if you know what I mean. :)
Too much trouble so I just used my olden blender and it worked great! 

See? It's so pretty and smells so nice.

I grabbed my glass jar from WalMart, 
poured in my soap and other ingredients and stirred it up. 
Took about 15 minutes to make.


I could have doubled the recipe and it would have filled up my jar.


I used the scoop from my last laundry box and marked 1/4 and 3/4 cup areas.
Always add your detergent first and let it all dissolve before adding your clothes.
You can also add a little white vinegar to your wash instead of fabric softener.

I'm just so Martha, don't you think?
Oh, I've been using my homemade detergent for about two months and it does a wonderful job!
Now it doesn't suds up but it cleans very well.
I do miss my suds a bit but I'm getting over it.

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush



Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
We wash our clothes, we wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
So early Monday morning.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
We iron our clothes, we iron our clothes.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
So early Tuesday morning.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
We scrub the floor, we scrub the floor.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
So early Wednesday morning.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
We mend our clothes, we mend our clothes.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
So early Thursday morning.
This is the way we sweep the house,
We sweep the house, we sweep the house.
This is the way we sweep the house,
So early Friday morning.
This is the way we bake our bread,
We bake our bread, we bake our bread.
This is the way we bake our bread,
So early Saturday morning.
This is the way we go to church,
We go to church, we go to church.
This is the way we go to church,
So early Sunday morning.
~ sung by Me :)