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DIY liquid Castile soap!

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you love Castile soap, but not the price tag? Me too! A 32 oz bottle of dr. Bronners organic can cost $17! We go throughout a lot of Castile soap in my house. I use it for body wash, in my laundry, cleaning products and as shampoo. I have figured out a way to make your own at home and save tons of money!  It's very quick and simple.

Items you will need are

a big sauce pot


cheese grater

spatula for stirring

large bucket to hold the finished product (I use a 2-3 gallon bucket)


1 bar dr bronners Castile soap

1.5 gallons water

Sounds pretty simple already right?

First you need to start the water on the stove. Put all the water in your pot and bring to a boil.  While that is coming to a boil, use your cheese grater to shred the bar of soap.  Put all the soap into the water and melt into the water. IMPORTANT! The soap must completely dissolve into the water!! Do not allow any chunks to stay!  When it is done, allow to cool for a while and then Put into a container for storage.  TaDa! You made liquid soap!!  I kept my old 32 oz bottles and just keep refilling them.

Sometimes when I go to refill my bottles the soap is kinda solid, so I take my hand mixer, add a little hot water and whip it to make it liquid again.  If for some reason the smell isn't strong enough for you, you can put some essential oils in it. :-) I love lavender, tea tree and peppermint together. (It also helps to deflect lice if you have school age kids)

i hope you enjoy making this and saving money :-)

thanks for reading and God bless


All purpose spray cleaner

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever actually looked at those "all natural" "safe for babies & pets" cleaners? Most of them have ingredients you can't even pronounce, and forget knowing what the specific item is.  I like to make my own for this reason.  I have a few different recipes that I use, and hope that you enjoy them too. These are safe and natural, and most of the ingredients are or can be organic very easily. 

The most easy one I make is just water and vinegar. I do a 50/50 ratio.  I promise you that your counters will be clean, and they won't smell like vinegar in just a few mins.  The smell doesn't stay, but the vinegar cleans and disinfects the counter tops, and what could be more easy?  Just put it in a spray bottle. You can use an old spray bottle or go buy a new one at the dollar store.  

Another thing that you can do to this recipe is add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. I sometimes do a citrus blend of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit and tangerine. It smells so good.  I also like to mix up peppermint, lavender and tea tree.  Mix and match what scents you like.  

The last one that I use from time to time is 50/50 water and vinegar and then I add a few tablespoons of Castile soap.  I make my own liquid Castile soap, so it's pretty cheap for me.  I will tell you later on how you can make over a gallon of Castile soap for under $5, so stay tuned.  If you find that the Castile soap doesn't have enough of a scent, you can add a few drops of essential oils as we'll.  just put in a squirt bottle a your done.

It is quick, simple, easy and cheap to make your own cleaner. I hope you enjoy mixing and matching scents to your style.

thank you for reading and God Bless


Laundry Soap

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone,:D

The question I get asked about the most when I get to talking about making my own cleaners is "how do you make laundry soap?"  Most people say they don't have enough time and patience to make it, but honestly, it only takes about 20 mins to make and it lasts my family of 4 about a year! The best part, though, is that it only costs $2-$3 to make 10 gallons of laundry soap!!  This laundry soap is unscented and is great for everyone from from babies to grandma.  I add a little bit of my favorite essential oils to my loads.  I like to add peppermint, orange,lavendar or even tea tree oil.  I only add 4-5 drops per load and it works great.  I also add baking soda and vinegar to my loads as it is a great fabric softener.  And I know the next question you have and the answer is NO! Your clothes will not come out smelling like pickles lol.

Alright so to make this laundry soap you only need 3 ingredients to buy at the store

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar

1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*

½ Cup Borax

This is such a super simple task, you will probably kick yourself in the butt when you see how simple it is and ask yourself why it took you so long to do it!!

Ready, here goes

Grate the bar of Naptha soap with a cheese grater.  Put it into a pot with about 4 cups of water (i just use my tap water).  Slowly melt the soap into the water.  Stir occasionally.  While the Naptha soap is melting,  get a 5 gallon bucket ready.  Add the Washing soda, and borax into the bottom of the bucket and add HOT tap water to it.  What I do is fill the bucket about half way, and stir the washing soda and borax into the hot water to disolve.  When the naptha soap is melted completely, pour the contents into the bucket, while still hot, and stir well.  Fill the rest of the 5 gallon bucket with HOT tap water.  Stir again, and put cover on.  Let set overnight.  This laundry soap is now done.  It is also a concentrate, so you actually are getting 10 gallons.  

What we did at our house is got a funnel and a ladel and figured out how many ladels fills up our container to halfway, and then just fill the rest with HOT tap water and shake it to mix them together.  We used an old laundry soap bottle so it is easier to dispense into the washer.

Now another question you may have is "is this ok for a HE washer?" and the answer is definately yes!  I have an LG steam and have been using this stuff in it for years with no problems what so ever.

The only issue I have had with this laundry soap, is it starts to congeal on top into a hard blob.  What I do to fix this is I take my hand mixer and mix it together on top of the bucket.  It works great and makes it so you don't get clumps.

I hope you enjoy your new found money saving tip on laundry soap.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have or suggestions you have come up with for it.

Thanks for reading & God Bless