Saturday, August 13, 2011

Make It Yourself Part 2

I got so much accomplished yesterday! I love days like that. Of course I probably should have saved some of this for other blog posts but I was very happy to have done what I did. Although I will admit doing it all took less than an hour. Everything was so easy. :)
I started with powdered laundry detergent.
The video I watched, that of course I can't find right now, she cut the bar of soap (I used Fels Naptha after finding it at Publix, but have since learned plain old Ivory soap works as well) into chunks and put them in the food processor.
She then added 1/2 cup of Borax and 1/2 cup of washing soda. I forgot the picture of putting a wet kitchen towel over the processor. It's supposed to keep everything contained. Even doing this I had particles of the stuff all over my counter. Next time I will do it at a table no where near my other kitchen stuff. I had to clean my toaster out because it had soap flakes all in it. LOL
It came out all ground up and mixed together. She said she uses about 1 Tblsp for her laundry. I figured I'd start there and see how it works. I was going to make the liquid but this looked so much easier. I have another bar of soap so next time I will make the liquid and see which one I like better. I'll let you know how it works. We have a little bit of detergent left so as soon as that runs out, probably today, we'll try this out.
My second project was some all purpose cleaner. Super duper easy. A spray bottle filled about half way full with plain ole white vinegar.
A few drops of GSE for a little more disinfection power and to give it a slight citrusy smell. I think I give the bottle three to four squeezes. It lasts forever!

I always add in some hot water and there I have all purpose cleaner or vinegar cleaner as the kids call it. It does smell very vinegary coming out of the bottle when you spray but the smell disappears in just a minute or two.
Then I made some strawberry yogurt. I usually make my own yogurt using the crockpot method, but it takes about 1/2 a galllon of milk and I only had 1 gallon. So I just grabbed two containers of plain full fat yogurt. All of our dairy products are full fat because it's actually a good fat and I have lots of growing little people around here. Surprisingly, Dannon is the only yogurt I can find that comes plain and full fat. I pulled out a bag of frozen strawberries (and only used about half the bag) and my Stevia baking blend. I discovered it when I was pregnant. I was on a very strict low carb diet while pregnant and craving something sweet. I researched and researched a safe alternative sweetener and this is what I came up with. I use it all the time and LOVE it. It does not effect my blood sugar. I bought mine at a health food store here in town.
I was going to use my food processor but it was getting cleaned up from the laundry soap so I pulled out my smoothie maker.
I dumped in one container of yogurt, maybe about 1/3 c of the sugar blend, and 2-3 hand-fulls of frozen strawberries. Blend, blend, blend and repeat with another container of yogurt, more sugar, and more strawberries.
It made about 3 jars of strawberry yogurt. One jar came out very smoothie like but the other two were still pretty thick and creamy. Isn't it pretty? :) I don't know if it was very economical, but I had fun doing it and it tastes so good!
Well that was my yesterday afternoon. Today I need to make some bread and tortillas.
I also have some pics and stuff from the 31 Days to a Cleaner Home Challenge. I have really enjoyed the tasks and it's helping me see some stuff I left undone before.
On a very bright note, my DH starts a job on Monday. Yep! We are very excited. He'll spend next week in a training class so I'll have some extra time to get some stuff done. I love having him home but we have not had a real routine in awhile. I can't set up a routine yet though around his schedule because the job he has we don't know what shift he'll get yet. When he does we'll work around that.
Since I'll have the computer I might even get to blog a bit more. ;)
I hope you all have a great weekend.


Patti said...

Sounds like you had a productive day:) I heard of using the laundry detergent dry but I was afraid since I use cold water it wouldn't dissolve. I'd be interested to see how it works for you.

Julie said...

I'm a little worried about that as well because we do cold, but I thought I would give it a shot. If it does not work out I'll try the liquid. I'll let you know.

Julie said...

I'm a little worried about that as well because we do cold, but I thought I would give it a shot. If it does not work out I'll try the liquid. I'll let you know.

Jeremiah and Stephenie said...

I love productive days, also! :-) I'm trying to make the most of my last weeks of pregnancy to stock our freezer.
I love your idea for making strawberry yogurt! I have yogurt on my list to make this week and I may just have to make some strawberry for my middle daughter.
I have been making the liquid laundry soap for 2 years now and I must admit that the powder seems so much easier, but my concern is the dissolving in the cold wash water. I'm anxious to hear what you think! Next time I just might do it that way. I never thought to use the food processor! Did you just wash it out really good or do you have one just for soap? I'm afraid it would leave a residue in my processor and then my food would taste clean. LOL
Way to go on your productive day! A little bit here and there and things get accomplished.

Andrea said...

WOW! All that looks amazing!!!


Lori - Country FarmHouse Wife said...

The Fels Naptha is actually very good for getting out stains. I use a combination of Fels Naptha and my own homemade soap.

For all those worried about cold water - I have not had any problems whatsoever. Remember to grind it up, it should be a very fine powder, if possible. I make my laundry soap by hand - it takes a bit of effort but it grinds almost "fine powder-like".