Favorite Pin Friday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately, which hasn’t been a barrel of fun (hence the lack of blog posts). Thankfully, I finally got some medicine to cure my ills. And to go with the meds, I spent the majority of Labor Day weekend being laaaazzzzy and recuperating. And by being lazy, I mean spending an inordinate amount of time half-watching movies and surfing Pinterest. And what happens when we surf Pinterest? We get ideas of things we must do–now–even though we are sick and coughing and should not be doing anything other than surfing Pinterest and half-watching movies.

So what on Pinterest called me from my sickbed? This pin:

homemade laundry detergent by Swamp Hollow Designs

Homemade Laundry Detergent (pinned to my DIY Love board)
Yes, I felt compelled to stop resting in order to gather ingredients and make homemade laundry soap. (Oh, and organize my spice cabinet too.) I have no idea why. I guess I’m just not very good at sitting still! But, this homemade laundry soap made me immensely happy so I’m ok with that. It’s cheap and it’s eco-friendly, both things I love.

I made a smaller batch than the recipe listed here, so here are my smaller proportions:

  • 1 bar ivory soap, shaved. Equals about 2 cups.  (I used my food processor!)
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax

I mixed it all together in the super cute jar that I got as a housewarming gift and began using it immediately. It took me about 5 minutes total to put together. This is a winner for sure.

I then tried to determine the cost:

– 4 bars ivory soap: $2.37
– baking soda: I think it was about $2.99 (estimating 9 cups from 4 lb. box)
– washing soda: $2.40 (3 lb., 7 oz. box, estimating 7ish cups in the box)
– Borax: $3.39 (4 lb., 12 oz, box, estimating 10 cups)

SO:

– 1 bar ivory soap: $0.59
– 3/4 cup baking soda $0.33
– 1 cup washing soda $0.34
– 1 cup borax $0.34

= $1.60 for one batch, or about 4 1/2 cups of detergent.

7th Generation, my go-to eco-laundry detergent, costs $6.29 for 33 loads, and All costs $4.79 for 32 loads.

I use around half of an old laundry scoop per load (1/4 cup?), and I’m loosely estimating that I’d need to double mine to equal 30ish loads. So let’s go with $3.20 for my new eco-friendly laundry detergent! Deal!

You can find some better calculations here.

If you want a fun scent, add some essential oils if you’d like. Lavender would be nice. I have some geranium on hand too – those together would be lovely.

Next time maybe I’ll try a different bar of more eco-friendly soap, but first I’ll research and see if there are any you should/shouldn’t use. Anyone know?

One more Pin for you – homemade shaving cream. I didn’t try this one because it sounds complicated, but her story of making homemade shaving cream gives me giggles!

Fav. Pin Friday: Real Simple’s Packing Guide

Are you doing a lot of travel this summer? I am, and for me the travel is great but the packing is a pain! That’s why today’s Favorite Pin Friday is a feature from Real Simple’s July issue: a Guide to Packing.

Real Simple’s Packing Guide (pinned to my Good to Know board)
If you need tips on what to pack and how, check out Real Simple’s Pack Like a Pro article (from their July 2012 issue). You’ll find tips on how to create outfits perfect for packing light, where exactly your shoes should be placed in your suitcase, and even how to fold clothes for packing ease. I’d say the tip about placing a plastic trash bag below and above all the items packed might be overkill (but certainly ultra-prepared), but I love many of the clever ideas given, such as wrapping belts along the interior frame of your bag.

Real Simple's Packing Guide

Real Simple’s Packing Guide

A couple other items I pinned from the July issue:

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PS – Have you ever wondered what to do with the packaging your new pillowcases come in? Use them for travel too by turning them into travel toiletry bags.

Favorite Pin Friday: Barbecue Party Accessories

What better way to get to know our new neighbors here on base than to throw a neighborhood barbecue! We’ve invited everyone over tomorrow night, so I’m busy finding cute ideas on Pinterest to help me plan. Here are a few that I’ll employ tomorrow evening:

Tin Can for Utensils (pinned to my Party Love board)
Any new use for something that otherwise might head to the recycle bin is a winner for me. Country Living provided the great idea of using containers for silverware – in this case, painted tin cans. Not sure yet if we’ll need silverware, but I can always corral the napkins with this idea!

tin cans for silverware or napkin holders

Use tin cans for silverware or as napkin holders

Drink Tags (pinned to my Party Love board)
Here’s the deal: most of us don’t know each other yet, so there will be a lot of names and I’m usually terrible at remembering more than a few. I’m sure I’m not alone. But who likes name tags at a barbecue? I’m thinking drink tags are in order, and they can serve the dual purpose of helping us all remember each other’s names. I like these tags as shown on Couture Events because they are large – we won’t have to awkwardly squint to read the name. These from We Are Not Martha are very cute too, but a little small for this purpose.

Drink Bucket (pinned to my Party Love board)
Style Me Pretty pinned this drink canoe, and if I had a spare canoe I’d definitely do this! I do have several spare metal tubs, so I’ll use those for drinks instead.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great time!

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You might also like these party ideas:
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