I've had some people ask for my laundry soap recipe lately, so here it is. I got this from the "Back Porch" magazine a couple of years ago. Making my own laundry soap is so easy and has save me a pile of dollars! Laughing Water makes it for me now.
Homemade Laundry Soap
* 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap
*1/2 c. washing soda (not baking soda!)
*1/2 c. borax powder
- You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size.
Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups of hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use 1/2 cup per load.
Note: The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a watery gel that looks a bit like "egg noodle soup".
The soap is a low sudsing soap. So, if you don't see suds, don't worry. They say it is not the suds that do the cleaning.
Tips: I love to add a few drops of essential oils, like lavender or citrus to the soap. It makes it smell so fresh. I also shred several bars of the Fels Naptha soap at a time and store it in a jar. This saves time when it is time to make up a batch.
Enjoy! - Nanette
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
We loaded "Lello", our trusty car, and headed out this morning. As I first guided her onto the highway in between the oilfield vehicles, I groaned inside. There was freezing rain and, despite my studded snow tires and four-wheel drive, it was slick. I persevered, but each new car in the ditch made me squeamy. I knew from looking at the forecast that I was racing against time. There was an arctic blizzard coming in across the plains from the North and heavy snow moving in from the pacific northwest. I had only so much time to get 550 miles down the road before they hit. Going 45 mph was not going to get me over the pass in time. Finally, I just turned around.
We pulled into Mom and Dad's driveway just in time. There was another accident and the semis were backing up. We unloaded everything and tried to settle in. The Mighty Hunting Hound looked at us in bewilderment! Were we not just here? What was that about?!
In time the roads melted and we were able to run to town for food stocks and supplies before the blizzard hit.
After that we had everything-but-the-kitchen-sink vegie pizza with home-made, 1/2 whole wheat crust. We sat around visiting with two gentlemen who rent from mom and dad and had a first class evening.
Wind chill temps are supposed to dip to -60 degrees for the next three days, so we are staying put for a while. From the news reports, most of the country is feeling this arctic blast. Stay warm, my friends. Slow down. Gather round. Nourish yourselves. Make and share memories. - Nanette