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Make A Year’s Worth of Laundry Soap for $30.00!

Make A Year’s Worth of Laundry Soap for $30.00!
Regular readers of this blog will know that I am completely sold on the No-Grate Laundry Detergent that I posted back in February of this year. But, like I’ve said many times on this website, I am always open to new ideas! And I really liked this idea that someone posted as a comment awhile back. A YEARS worth of Laundry Soap!?!? That’s an idea that is hard NOT to get behind! Here is the recipe that Anonymous posted (the text in red are my notes): Anonymous said… I make a dry version which works better for my family. To grate the bars of soap I decided to make it easier on myself and use my ancient Hamilton Beach food processor. My only other tip for this recipe has to do with the “mixing”. Since we are over the “family of four” limit, and I tend to think we have more dirty laundry than your AVERAGE family…I’m not expecting this to last a full year….but based on my initial use of this (2 Tablespoons per load)….it’s going to last us a GOOD, LONG time! Related:  Green Homemaking

How to Make Almond Milk Do you remember the dairy free sour cream I made last year? Who knew that making a casein free alternative to sour cream was even possible? Inspired by another visit from my gluten free and casein free best friend, I needed an alternative to the milk I use to make Cafe con Leche each morning. I added almond milk to my grocery list and then I remembered that I could make it instead. I've been hearing for years now that making almond milk at home was a simple thing. How to Make Almond Milk Yield: 4 cups(printable recipe) 1 cup raw almonds 4 cups filtered water pinch of salt Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla and honey, to taste Soak the almonds overnight in filtered water. Rinse the soaked almonds with water and place in the blender. Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and then line it with a thin tea towel, cloth napkin or cheesecloth. Carefully pick up the cloth by the corners and wring the rest of the milk through the strainer into the bowl.

How to Stop Wasting Food How much food do you throw away because of improper planning? During this process of Selling Our Home, we have been doing all we can to cut corners. I started noticing how much food we were wasting and we started a mission to stop throwing our money away! Here is how our family tries to use everything that we buy. Each month, I start with a menu plan. With just about an hour of prep work, you can have your pantry and freezer stocked! When we get home from the store, I separate out my items. Here's a tip! I cut out the bar codes from the packaging and make sure they are visible for easy scanning. Some of you don't know, but my boys are HUGE. I buy the larger tubes of sausage from Sam's. We measure out the serving size (remember, being healthy) and freeze them making sure to mark the date. The best part is, you can break off only what you need as defrost overnight. We measure all our meats and lay them flat in the freezer. *Tip* You can freeze all your vegetable scraps as well.

Non-toxic Home Cleaning & Care: Natural, Green, Eco-Friendly Solutions Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children. All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc. Or use a citrus-based natural all-purpose cleaner. Another alternative are microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. Air Freshener: Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Chopping block cleaner: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface.

Creatively Domestic: Homemade OxyClean What a great inexpensive laundry fix! This came from The Grocery Cart Challenge and I was so excited to give it a try. I feel like I go through gallons of Shout at a time, so I needed to step up my spot removal a notch. *Updated 9/28/11* I've been using this concoction for over two years and I've had ALOT of questions about this Homemade Oxyclean, so I thought I'd show everyone exactly how I use it. Here is my plastic dishpan that I have stashed in my laundry room and a batch of the Oxyclean mixed up and ready to go. As for baking soda vs. washing soda: I use baking soda and have found it to work really well. Here is one of my son's jumpers that I want to get some weird funk out of. So I pour some directly on the stain (probably a 1/4 of the whole amount in the jar depending on how many items I need to soak), fold the item on top of itself, put another clothing item on top, and repeat. I also have a free download for a Laundry Stain Cheat Sheet, and this recipe is included on it!

Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels Popular in Food & Drink It all started with a rumor that banana peels could be used to polish silver and a bet among friends that it couldn’t. In trying to discover if there is any legitimacy to the silver-polishing properties of banana peels, I found dozens of other unusual applications for them, including splinter removal and wart treatments. Since banana peels aren’t particularly hot commodities, being able to put them to good use adds value to any household (and saves money on alternative treatments). Without further ado, here are 21 applications for banana peels, plus seven bonus uses for banana flesh. Please note that any instruction to apply banana peel to anything (such as in many of the health & beauty applications) involves using the inside of the banana peel after ridding it of the stringy bits. Health and Beauty Banana peels are chock-a-block with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, so they're a natural cure for many an ailment and an aid for cell regeneration. Bug Bites Warts

45 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you'll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7. 1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. * If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure.

Secret Beauty Ingredient? Lemons | Beauty on Shine Who knew lemons could make you looks so good? You should always keep a few lemons in your kitchen. No, not for cocktails, dressings, or marinades. These sour fruits are a beauty secret weapon that can soften your skin, heal acne, and even whiten your teeth. More on YAHOO! 1. More on YAHOO! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Related The 5 Best Beauty Products Made With FoodTop 10 Beauty FoodsAn Instant Facial In Your Kitchen 50 uses for vinegar…who knew? Did you know vinegar could possibly be the last household cleaner you’ll ever need? Click through the slideshow to see all the uses for vinegar. Holy cow! Who knew?! I better go buy a few gallons of vinegar. Disclaimer: Please use all tips at your own risk. So let’s hear it… what do you use vinegar for?!