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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent with Scent Crystals

So I bought some Zote Laundry Soap a couple weeks ago and have been waiting to make some powdered detergent till my Whipped Detergent was gone. I  used the Fels-Naptha Soap in my Liquid & Whipped Laundry Detergents, and that does smell good, and works really well too,  but after the clothes are washed and dried they don't have a scent. I like a good smelling shirt. :) That's why I made the Dryer Sheets , but I wanted to try the scent crystals in the Powdered Detergent. I used the Blue Bottle which is "Fresh Spring Waters" I would like to try the  Lavender Blossom but my hubby needs to smell that one first to see if its okay by him! Wouldn't that be so pretty though? Pink, Purple, & White!!! Even the Purex Crystals for Baby smells good...

Here is what you need:

2 Bars of Zote, or Fels-Naptha (You can use any bar soap you like, I've seen some recipes  with Dove, Ivory etc. (but I wouldn't use any that had oils in them, just my opinion)
2 Cups of Borax
2 Cups of Super Washing Soda
1 1/2 Cups of Purex Scent Crystals (you can use more or less to your liking) Updated  6/29/13 (see Edit below) I used my Gain Scent Crystals...I used the whole bottle. :)
1 Cup of Baking Soda (optional) (I didn't add this in, but have seen it added to other recipes)

I cut my Zote with a knife (its kinda soft-ish) into small cubes and put it into my little food processor  along with some of the borax or washing soda so it wouldn't stick to the blades so much.  I just did a little at a time so as not to burn up the motor. I also put the scent crystals in the processor too, it kinda chopped those up as well. If you don't have a food processor you can put your bars of soap in the freezer and use a small grater. Freezing the soap makes the grating a little easier and makes it into smaller flakes.

You only need 1 or 2 Tablespoons Per load! If its a really dirty load, you probably want to use 2. This detergent dissolves in cold water just fine. Its safe in HE machines, as this doesnt suds up at all, so don't add more thinking you'll get suds ;)

Edit 6-29-2013
I made a new batch with the Gain Scent Crystals ♥♥ Love the smell!! I missed my Gain....

Homemade Laundry Detergent with Gain Scent Crystals

Homemade Laundry Detergent with Gain Scent Crystals

Homemade Laundry Detergent with Gain Scent Crystals

Happy Laundry Day! I just know you love doing Laundry!    

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Homemade Outdoor Window Cleaner

Shiny Windows! Air Dried without Streaks or Spots!
Its getting to be that time again...Spring Cleaning...I know you are so excited  
I have been waiting since Fall to write this post, it was kind of pointless. Most people clean their windows outside in the spring or summer. We did ours in the Fall. I was so excited to see how shiny and streak free they were when they finally dried. I only took one or two pictures but I know we will be doing our windows again soon as we never got around to putting the Rain-X (Original )  on them, as it got cold outside, and they are dirty again on the west side since that is the side that gets splattered if it rains hard and the wind is blowing. Not only that, but we have to do the insides too! I have another recipe for the inside for a (near) future post.
We have constant nose art on a few of our windows from our two, 4 legged artists. They love watching over their domain out the windows

Charlie peeking out the door♥
♥Ozzy looking out the front

Needless to say I was very impressed with this homemade window cleaner, I will definitely be using it again this Spring!!! I adapted my recipe from this one.  Once we wash them again, I will post more pictures. But for now....

What You Need:

5 gallon Bucket or a large bucket
4 oz. of Vinegar
4 Tablespoons of Alcohol
1/4 Cup of Ammonia
1/3 Cup of my Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (I don't add the dawn in this recipe)(you can use any dishwasher detergent)
2 Gallons of Hot Water
Car Wash Brush or long handled brush (we used the car wash brush, it worked really well!!)

Using a Spray Nozzle on your hose, spray window down with water.
Dip your brush in homemade window solution, scrub window, including the frame.
Rinse with the hose and let air dry.
If that isn't easy I don't know what is!

We are going to come back after they are dry and go over them with Rain - X Original. I don't know if your familiar but this stuff works great for your car windows/mirrors, so why not use it on the  house widows to?!! It will make it even easier to clean them the next time around!
I have also heard of people using it on their shower doors, after they have been cleaned.

Look at that reflection! Its almost like your inside, looking out. 

At least one spring cleaning job will be easy.
Spring clean up of three acres is going to be a little harder...

Ps. If you try this, come back and leave a comment how it worked for you.. I love feedback!

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