Monday, March 28, 2011

Simple Soap

I do a lot of laundry. Laundry is my addiction. I actually LIKE to do laundry on most days. It is the easiest chore to do and you get instant results. My 8 year old lil curly redhead has allergies to lots of chemical based things. We have worked out most of the bugs over the years, but sometimes we goof up and she {unfortunately} ends up covered in hives. Laundry soap is no different. Yes, it is so much better now that there are more 'sensitive' and 'allergen-free' options, but sometimes they can be rather costly, and like I said...I do a LOT of laundry. So, a friend of mine hooked me up with a homemade laundry soap recipe. I have been using it for over a month now and the verdict is....I love it! So, I wanted to share it with you. Trust me, it is so easy. I make a double know....because I do a lot of laundry.  : )

Grate one bar of soap. I use Ivory {allergen free & non drying} but you can used whatever you prefer.

My soap...all grated and in a food processor. I mix this all in the processor because my friend had soap flake issues on her laundry and honestly, that would drive me nuts. So, a kitchen power tool to the rescue!  : )
Add one cup each of washing soda and Borax {about $3 a box and you can find them in the laundry isle}
 and blend away! The food processor breaks up all the shavings and leaves the mix very fine.  
I dump it in a container and use 1 or 2 tablespoons per load. I haven't figured my costs out, but I know it is way cheaper for me to make my own than to buy it now. And the HIVES!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Frame It

All you need is a frame, fabric and Mod Podge...

I had a plain frame sitting around, waiting to be made into
I roughly trimmed the fabric to a lil larger than the frame and trimmed the photo opening as well. Brushed Mod Podge on the front of the frame and slapped the fabric on top, smoothing it out and folding the edges and corners over to the backside. I brushed more Mod Podge on the edges to keep them secure.
Let it dry and that's it! Easy. Easy. Easy.