Pinterest Project Complete – Homemade Laundry Detergent

This past Fall, I decided to try a Pinterest project to use as homemade Christmas gifts. I started the project in October with a goal of being completed by Thanksgiving. I chose to make homemade laundry soap because I have heard its a great way to make fresh natural laundry soap for a fraction of the costs at the store.

I loosely followed a recipe from HowDoesShe.com. I loved this recipe because it listed amounts per the box sizes found in stores! So helpful!

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

6 (5.5 oz) bars of Fels-Naptha soap

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (I measured my own from a big bag we had from Costco)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener

I also added a bit of Oxi Clean but not as much as the original called for.

Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent

I think my rough estimation for cost of these supplies was around $20. The Oxi Clean is the most expensive which is why I only used a small amount.

The first and only major step in this process is the grate the blocks of soap. Many suggested doing it manually with a cheese grater but there is no way I could do that while chasing DJ around. So I got out the food processor!

IMG_7369A few posts I read mentioned to put a bit of the baking soda by the blade so the soap wouldn’t get mushy. I had the grater blade at the top and turned it on and slowly pushed the bar of soap down. I found that the slower I pushed was actually the better because it made for finer shavings.

The next tip I read which was great was to “layer” your ingredients in a large 5 gallon bucket. I have some large mixing bowls and there was no way they would be big enough to hold all this.

IMG_7370It looked all pretty in the bucket with the purple crystals and the light yellow soap shreds! I used it for a month and made sure it worked well. I found that I had to use about 1/3-1/2 cup per load in my HE front loader machine (more than I typically would have thought to use) but it worked really well! Once I knew it was safe to use, I packaged it up and handed it out for Christmas gifts! I found the little buckets and scoops at the dollar tree.

IMG_7498

 

Kid Friendly Recipe – Teriyaki Chicken

Recently my mom made us some crock pot meals for the freezer. It is so nice to be able to grab a dinner and have it cooked and ready to go when we get in the door. We have been having trouble getting our 13 month old to eat lots of veggies so we were super surprised when she ate all the pieces of carrot before we could blink! She also loved the pineapple in this (so sweet!) but it was even easy for her to eat the chicken that was so soft and tender even though she still only has 4 teeth.

Roughly, here is the recipe although this seems to be one of those great ones that has many variations and is hard to mess up. The veggies would be easy to substitute out or change the quantity depending on what your family likes. I think it would be great with some green bell peppers!

Teriyaki Chicken for Slow Cooker

  • 1/2 bag of baby carrots or large carrots cut up
  • 1/2 onion cut up
  • (1) 20oz can pineapple in each bag (pieces seemed to work best)
  • (1) Garlic Cloves chopped
  • (2) Chicken Breasts (not cooked)
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

Before cooking you are supposed to add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to the mixture. However, we didn’t have teriyaki sauce so we used our own version which is basically low-sodium soy sauce with a bit of brown sugar. We took it straight from the freezer, ran it under some warm water so we could get it out of the gallon bag and put it in our slow cooker/crock pot. We cooked this on HIGH for 4 hours but you can also cook on LOW for 8 hours.

We served it over white rice that we cooked separately. There was plenty of teriyaki juice to use to cover the rice.

As you can see below, she loved it!

20120921-114932.jpg

Pinterest project complete – Saving Christmas Cards

I found this project idea on Pinterest this season. I always love the Christmas cards you get in the mail during the holidays but hate throwing them away after new years. I found this great idea on Pinterest to save them! The original project actually bound all the cards in a three ring binder like folder. I didn’t want to mess with that so I modified a bit and just use a hole punch in each corner and thread a ribbon in to hold them all together.

I alternated portrait and landscape so it would fan out better. I think next year we will find a hook to display this on to remember our loved ones.

20120107-040223.jpg