Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe

The Recipe

A quick search online will show you that there's no shortage of homemade laundry soap recipes: Here's one from The Simple Dollar. And we've got 10 more at Money Talks News. But below is one that seems to work pretty well. You'll need:

• 4 cups of water.

• 1/3 bar of cheap soap, grated.

• 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda).

• 1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team).

• 5-gallon bucket for mixing.

• 3 gallons of water.

First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.

Of course, who'd post a recipe without trying it out first? I made and washed several loads of clothes with the homemade detergent. And I, like many before me who've traveled this road, couldn't tell the difference between store-bought and homemade.

Total cost per load? In the neighborhood of 2 cents. Store-bought detergent, depending on what you buy and where you buy it, can cost about 20 cents per load -- 10 times more.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Toddler Bibs Take the Cake

Cute and Functional, Toddler Bibs for everyday or that special dinner out.  Most are reversible, and have a food catcher pocket.  These are going to be a big hit with the Messy Set and Mom as well!  Food Fights allowed with these giant coverups! 

New Spring Headbands Now in Shop

See them at  These are nice and comfortable, no head pinching for sizes toddler up to adult! Very Nice.  Very Cute.  Very Chic.  Very Sassy.  Your Girlie Girl will love them!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

In the Spring My Thoughts Turn to Gardening

I have to admit I have been a little neglectful of my Etsy Shop since around April 5.  Not only have I made the wedding dress since then I have completed a swim suit ensemble for my friend consisting of Bikini Top, little boy bottoms, another top with bra insert, swim wrap and headband with flower.  She is going to a resort and wanted to look very fashionable around the pool.  That she will, as it is very cute.

I can hardly bring myself in to sew since the yard is in full bloom and it is time to transplant and divide.  I wake up, take my morning coffee on the patio and before I know it, in nightgown and robe and slippers, I am working on the garden.  Thank goodness we have a privacy fence.  This morning my hubby told me my hair looked like I had stuck my finger in a socket....BED HEAD!  Being the certified Master Gardner that I am, I can't help myself.  It is in my blood and believe me I have the fingernails to prove I am a gardener!  Following are some SNAPS of the work I have been up to....

Color in the Desert in Our Back Yard