Liquid Laundry Detergent

Today we also have a guest post! I feel so blessed.

Sasha – a new friend of mine has shared her very successful liquid laundry detergent!

Thank you so much to Sasha! I appreciate you wanting to share your ways of “choosing simple”! That’s the blog spirit!

I have to try this sometime. First I need a bucket!

Ok now straight from Sasha here we go!

alright the following is the liquid laundry detergent:
5 gallon bucket ( inexpensive, bought min at walmart)
4 cups hot water
1 dove unscented soap bar
1 cup arm and hammer super washing soda
1/2 cup borax
(essential oils optional)

-grate bar of soap (hardest part of the recipe, but its a good work out)
-add grated soap to a saucepan with 4 cups hot water
-stir and heat over medium until melted(maybe ten minutes, i always make sure its really melted thuroughly)
-fill bucket halfway full of hot water
-add melted soap from pan, washing soda and borax
-stir well until all powder is dissolved
-cover and let stand over night
-optional: you can add 10-15 drops of essential oils per 2 gallons, add the oils after soap has cooled down. another option is usung a soap with a scent. i was told to use unsecented, but the last batch i made i used a dove bar with a scent and it worked just as well. scent was not too strong but present.

-to use the soap, you will need your old laundry detergent container or a container to store this in thats smaller than the big five gallon bucket, fill the container HALF full of the soap you made and the rest with water. shake to mix. the soap is thick like a gel, so dont be alarmed. I hold my container over the five gallon bucket and use a small glass jar to fill the container, so whatever spils goes into bucket.

this recipe yeilds 10 gallons
top load machine 5/8 cup per load (180 loads)
front load machine 1/4 cup per load (640 loads)

(i personally just use the cap on my detergent for measurement)

Let us know what you think! I’m excited to try this!

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Ahh! Cold Brew!

Coffee that is! Several years ago a friend of mine introduced me to cold brew coffee. I remember feeling bad asking her if I could try her coffee but man, I’m glad I did! The smoothness is so creamy. There is no (and I mean no) after taste. No bitterness.

I have mine with milk – and cold! I make homemade organic chocolate syrup and add a squirt of that too! You can heat your water and add the concentrate to that if you enjoy hot coffee. You can have yours however you like. I just suggest that you not heat the concentrate. This will release some acid.

The best part? My nutritionist approved this for me! Why? Because cold brewing coffee reduces the acidity by 70% or more. The acid in drinks and food is often what makes them bad for us. Did you know that virus, bacteria, disease and sickness CANNOT live in an alkaline state? I urge all of you to read on this topic. It is really interesting. Just Google PH level in foods. Where are you on the scale? Did you see things you could cut back?

So how do you brew the cold brew?

I recommend a 1 to 4 ratio – for example 1 cup of coffee to 4 cups of water. Don’t calculate this and freak on me now! When you cold brew coffee it makes a strong concentrate! So you only use 1/4 to 1/3 cup concentrate per serving πŸ™‚ now you can breath again (those who calculated costs that quickly)! I brew 2 cups coffee to 8 cups water at a time that way I’m good to go for a couple weeks.

Here we go! I added two cups of ground coffee to an eight cup Pyrex.

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Then you add clean water (not tap – but I recommend you never drink tap) some kind of filtered water.

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The coffee grounds will float on top. If you leave it like this the top grounds will never be soaked and will you end up with weak concentrate. Use the back of a big spoon to push the coffee grounds down into the water.

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Keep doing this until you can see that the grounds are wet.

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Now the fun part! Wait! And wait! For 12 hours! After 12 hours you will notice that the concentrate is dark and smells yummy and you’ll be totally excited to try your new goodness. BTW I’ve waited 24 hours before and it not affect the brew πŸ™‚ so don’t stress!

At this point you will want to scoop out as much of the bulk coffee grounds that you can. I use a slotted spoon. This will help make the straining process easier for you.

I have a two step straining process (trust me I’ve gone through pain figuring out what works best). First I strain the coffee through a fine mesh coffee filter I found hanging on the coffee aisle at Publix. I think it was three bucks.

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After the coffee is strained once. I rinse out my Pyrex that I just poured from and strain the coffee back into it. Add layers of cheesecloth in the coffee strainer and strain the coffee again back into Pyrex. You can find cheesecloth in the grocery store or Walmart or a fabric store. I have many pieces of cheesecloth. I use it for many things.

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Now you have a rich and dark concentrate and you are so excited to see if this small amount of work paid off!

Get yourself a cup, and a measuring cup (you won’t need this for long). Measure out 1/4 cup concentrate and add to that 3/4 cup milk of your choice. If you prefer hot coffee heating a cup of water. Heat it hotter than you would drink coffee as the concentrate will cool it down. Add to that 1/2 (maybe) cup of concentrate. Please don’t heat the concentrate with the water! That will defeat the purpose and release acids. Then add whatever you like in your coffee.

After a while you will learn your preference and will not have to measure out everything. It helps the first couple of times so you don’t have to stress over the guess work! You know you….you will either use a measuring cup or not πŸ™‚

The most important part….enjoy your coffee!

I throw the cheese cloth in my towel wash. Like I said, I use it a lot so I’m totally used to having it around!

What do you think? Are you going to try it even once? If you do please let us know what you think. The good the bad the ugly. We are not here to win a blog contest πŸ™‚


Scrub My Teeth in What?

Seriously? Coconut oil? Why? Many of you have asked me this in one form or fashion (or blatantly). I ask .. why not? Coconut oil has amazing healing properties. It’s antibacterial. It’s antiviral. Guess where one of the dirtiest places on our bodies are? You got it! Your mouth. There’s hundreds (yes hundreds) of different species of bacteria in there. (YIKES!)

My story behind homemade toothpaste is this. During chemotherapy, I had read that your teeth and gums sometimes suffers. Well, you see, my mom and dad paid quite a bit to get me my straight teeth and I have always appreciated their whiteness….and wasn’t quite ready to give either up! So I came across many natural toothpastes and one used guess what (I’ll give you a hint …it’s my favorite ingredient to use)? You guessed it! Coconut Oil.

I used coconut oil toothpaste all during chemo (I had 17 treatments). My last visit to the dentist was stressful to me. It was time for the full x-rays and I hadn’t had those since prior to chemo! Guess what? His words (I swear not mine) was that “Your teeth and gums show no damage and no change! I couldn’t be happier!”. Well … me either to be honest.

The other tid bit I have about coconut oil toothpaste is this. I bite my cheeks alot (maybe they’re fluffy) and before the place where I bit would become sore, swollen and ulcerish. Not any more! I’m Serious! It still hurts as bad WHEN I bite it, but afterwards – no swelling, no sores!

So you want to know about this recipe? Gladly, here we go.

Coconut Oil Toothpaste

ΒΌ cup Virgin Coconut Oil

1 TBSP Baking Soda

2 Packets or 2 Tsp Stevia

15-25 Drops Peppermint Oil

Mix all ingredients in bowl until well combined. Transfer to glass container. Use as you would toothpaste. Rinse sink with hot water.
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Truly – that is it! If you already use this toothpaste, share your thoughts.

Currently, I am working on a formula for a friend that will be bubble gum flavored. We will see if this will help her son who suffers from mouth sore issues! I will keep you posted!

UPDATE- If you have a child that deals with mouth ulcers or issues – try to mix half their normal toothpaste and half coconut oil. It will work! You could then slowly decrease the amount of over the counter toothpaste gradually over time.


Laundry Powder

I have used this recipe for several years and love it. It is inexpensive to make and works great. My six year old has not produced many stains that this formula has not battled and battled well.

It is low sudsing so it is safe for HE washers.

The differences you should expect.

  • Commercial laundry powder is highly perfumed – this is not. Clothes will smell and be clean but not fragrant.
  • This will not suds up or foam up.
  • You only use up to 1 tbsp per large load of laundry.
  • Aproximately 13 dollars will make the equivalent of 4 boxes of commercial powder.
First time shopping list. 4 bars Fels-Naptha. 1 large box baking soda(found in laundry aisle not baking aisle). 1 box washing soda. 1 box borax. I can get all of these in the laundry aisle of Publix. Wal-Mart usually has all but the Fels-Naptha.

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I have heard of many using a bar soap such as Dove or Dial instead with great results as well. I have only tried the below recipe myself.
Recipe:
1 bar of Fels-Naptha
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing soda
1 cup Borax
Directions:
Grate the Fels-Naptha or cut into small blocks and chop it in a blender. I think adding a little of your baking soda and a couple of small pieces of the soap at a time in the blender works best. Process until the powder is as fine as your blender is capable.
Add soap powder / baking soda mixture to other ingredients. I like to store it in a lock and seal type container. Shake this to mix and incorporate together.

So blessed!

I have read blogs and thought how great it is that so many people with such beautiful talents share themselves with others. I feel completely blessed that I now have a great reason to blog.

Several years ago I started on this adventure to save money, decrease the chemical and processed things in my life and feel better about the choices I make. This has landed me at a point in my life where I feel comfortable making many of my own body products as well as more nutritious, whole food choices. I am a “maker” at heart and can’t wait to share the love with you.

I have been led to start this blog after Brookwood’s women’s retreat at The Cove this past weekend. I held an hour long class where we discussed the benefits of eating whole food, of incorporating coconut oil in your life and making body products at home. We simply didn’t have enough time and many left wanting to know more.

Follow along my new friends and lets learn how to choose simple 365 days a year. We will start small and progress at a pace that is achievable. Not only will you save money by choosing simple, you will gain gratification from making something yourself that you have always relied on a commercial product.