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January 2018

100% Biodegradable Soap

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Many ask why I make my own soap instead of just going to the store and simply picking some up! It’s simple…. It’s better for the environment. Most people do not know that some of our favorite shower gels contain ingredients that take 200 to 300 years to biodegrade, and we are not yet sure what effect the chemicals have on the environment exactly. The good new is if you make your own soap with all natural ingredients it’s 100% biodegradable.

Not only is it safer for the environment, but for your health as well! You get to choose what natural scents go into your product so you don’t have to worry about harmful fragrances in the store bought ones. Bye, bye harm chemicals, and hello to a milder and moisturizing alternative for your skin! With being able to buy the supplies you need to make your own soap in bulk you’ll save some money as well (which we all love)!

 

Let’s get started!

I’m going to show you how to make one of my personal favorites… COFFEE SCENTED SOAP!

 

What you’ll need:

  1. 8 ounces of soybean oil
  2. 4 ounces of coconut oil
  3. 4 ounces of olive oil
  4. 5 ounces of coffee (in place of water)
  5. 2 ounces of lye

 

Additional Supplies:

  1. Safety goggles
  2. Safety gloves
  3. Small scale
  4. 2 large measuring cups
  5. Wooden spoon
  6. Pan
  7. Thermometer
  8. Knife
  9. Wax paper
  10. Plastic container for a mold

 

Lye fumes can be hazardous! Work in a well-vented area!


Instructions:

 

  1. Make a cup of coffee and place it in the fridge (you want it cool before using)
  2. Pour 5 ounces of coffee into measuring cup
  3. Put on safety goggles and gloves
  4. Next, we have to set the scale. Place a measuring cup on the scale and set scale to zero. (This will ensure that you are just measuring the amount of liquid)
  5. Pour lye into the measuring cup until the scale read the correct amount. Do not breathe the fumes.
  6. Carefully pour the lye into the coffee. DO NOT POUR COFFEE INTO THE LYE.
  7. The lye-coffee mix with get hot. Set asides and let it cool, making sure it stays between 100- 110 degrees F.
  8. Stir soybean, coconut, and olive oil into a pan. Heat the oil mixture until it reaches the same temperature as the lye-coffee mix (100-110 degrees F).
  9. When they reach the same temperature stop heating the pan.
  10. Pour the lye mix into the oil mix very carefully.
  11. Stir the solution vigorously (making sure not to spill)
  12. Keep stirring until the mixture has the temperature of honey. If you are using a spoon this could take about an hour, if you are using a hand mixer this could happen within minutes. Make sure not to splatter.
  13. Pour solution into a plastic container and put a lid on it. Wrap it in a blanket or towel to keep it warm. Leave like this for 48 hours.
  14. Unwrap the blanket or towel and check the soap. If it is still soft let it sit for another day, but if hard peel away for the container and dump onto wax paper.
  15. Run a knife under hot water and dry it off.
  16. Cut soap into bars
  17. Leave the soap bars out for 3-4 weeks to cure. You can use them after a few days, but you get a better product if you are able to let them sit!

You are officially on our way to have a home full of 100% of biodegradable soaps! You can create whatever scents you want! I hope you enjoy my coffee scented one as much as I do! I these the best aroma in your bathroom!

I Can Make My Own Laundry Detergent You Can Too!

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This had never even occurred to me. I do use eco-friendly products and clean naturally. I even hire an eco-friendly cleaning service during the times I can’t get to it myself.

 

I never considered a DIY laundry detergent. It was brought up by my wife’s friend. It was just a quick conversation while waiting for the kids, but I kept it in the back of my mind and did some research. Well, the research worked! I now feel like an inventor. You will too!

 

Check this out:

Powder Detergent:

This will make 175-200 loads depending on your machine

 

Tools

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (my dishwashing gloves work fine)

 

Ingredients

Essential Oil  This is optional and is used for a fresh scent

 

 

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1.Cut the bar soap into large chunks with a knife.

2.Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make.

3.In a large plastic tub or bucket, mix the Borax, washing soda, and baking soda together.

4.Stir in the grated/powdered bar soap

5.Stir in 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

6.Store in a covered, airtight container.

7.If your powder has trouble completely dissolving, try mixing it in a little hot water before adding to the laundry.

8.Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. (Adjust for your machine.

 

Liquid Detergent:

This will make about 75 loads

 

Tools

 

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (dishwashing)

 

Ingredients

  • Hot water
  • Clean 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1 cup grated bar soap (1-2 bars) (Choose a non-toxic, real bar soap.
  • Essential oil (Optional for scent)

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1. Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make. Place grated bar soap in a pot. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.

 

2. Pour melted soap mixture into a clean 5-gallon bucket.

3 .Put on your gloves and dust mask or bandana.

4. Add washing soda, baking soda, and borax to the soap mixture and stir. Add enough hot water to almost fill the bucket. Mix very well until all ingredients are dissolved. (I use a long ruler for this.)

5. If using essential oil, AFTER the mix has cooled down completely, mix in 10-20 drops.

6. Let sit overnight to gel. The gel will be loose and very gloppy—like egg-drop soup.

7. Use a funnel to pour the gel into clean, recycled detergent containers or leave in the bucket. Cover with an airtight lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.

8. Stir or shake well before using. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per load. (Adjust for your machine).

 

 

For extra softness, don’t forget to add a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle to soften your clothes, and you’ll never go back to conventional, toxic detergents or fabric softeners again!


That takes car of both sides of the DIY laundry detergent. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I know my wallet does. Take care.

7 Phenomenal Cleaning Tips To Turn That Dirty Kitchen Around

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Let’s face it, our lives are jam packed with a million things to finish and not enough hours to do it all! Our jobs, our kids, errands, grocery shopping, lunches, dinners, and cleaning the house! It never ends! In my house the kitchen by far gets the most traffic, and seems to get dirty as soon as it gets clean. I decided to sit down and think of 7 simple and quick ways to solve some of the most frequent problems I come across!. And this is what I came up with!

 

  1. Getting rid of those pesky fruit flies:

We’ve all been here! Those nasty little bugs appear and are nearly impossible to make disappear! The answer as been so simple all along! LEMONS! That’s right, simply cut lemon in half and place them in the oven. Leave the oven door propped open overnight The next morning shut the oven door and turn the broiler on for about 5 minutes. Turn it off and let it cool. When cool throw the lemons away and clean the bottom of the oven! Bye, bye flies!

 

   2) Remove hard water deposits:

The answer is vinegar! Use only VINEGAR! Use it to dissolve the calcium deposits making them easier to remove! No more looking at those annoying stains around your sink. It’s that easy!

 

 3) Get the gunk off your cabinets… NO CHEMICALS!

For this chore I use a DIY solution. BAKING SODA is the trick! Use one part vegtable oil and two parts baking soda, this will create the perfect solution to get rid of the build up! Simply use a sponge or toothbrush to gently clean the outside of the cabinets.

 

4) Keep the bright, white sink:

I love my white sink, but boy does it show everything! No matter how much we clean and scrub those stains still cling!  What’s the answer… again BAKING SODA! This time we are going to use baking soda combined with a lemon wedge. Sprinkle the baking soda all over the sink and use the lemon wedge as the sponge! Viola!

 

5) Take care of that hardworking KitchenAid:

I don’t know about you, but we use our KitchenAid all the time! It’s great, but there are lots of nooks and crannies that are often forgotten! Take a toothpick or skewer and cleanout the cracks and the attachment latch. Afterwards, wipe down the entire machine with a cloth.

 

6) Discolored and dirty grout:

This is a problem throughout not only the bathroom, but the kitchen as well. We especially have a problem with our backsplash. This two step solution is truly a life saver! First, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply to the grout and let it sit. Then, spray with vinegar. This will cause it to fizz. Lastly, scrub with a toothbrush and enjoy!

 

7) Make your kitchen smell clean:

Sometimes no matter how much we clean our house it never “smells” clean! This is where we again turn to VINEGAR! Simmer some right on your stove. This will help clear the air, and return it to a neutral, clean scent!


I hope these simple techniques that I use around my home help you manage your kitchen with your busy schedule! These have truly been a live changer for me! I finally feel like there is at least one thing I have control of in my crazy life!

 

 

 

 

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