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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Monday, February 22, 2016



I wash many, many loads of laundry . With three boys at home, I really do feel like it is the never ending chore . Especially now that football and cross country has started . Smelly, dirty clothes are the norm around here. I try to set a schedule for laundry, but I just ultimately put in a load a day. At least.  I have always been a Tide fan. But with all of the laundry I do, it isn't a very economical choice. As a blogger, I have seen my fair share of homemade laundry detergents posted over the years. In the back of my mind I thought about it, but decided it was easier to just buy it and move on. Until my friend Shandy over at Aprons N Pearls  blogged about making her own batches of detergent a few years back. So I though what the heck and made a batch. The rest, as they say, is history!  I love this detergent! It is so much more economical, it smells good, and best of all, it cleans our clothes so well! My husband and I whipped up a batch this past weekend. The only time consuming part would be grinding the Fels Naptha Soap in the food processor. Other than that you just dump and stir. I use about 3 T in each load . But my loads are large ( most of the time) , so if you are washing a regular load you can scale it down to 2T. It is a powder , which I love. No drippy messes. I do not have a HE machine ( I did, but it always smelled moldy and my clothes started to smell too. So we bought a traditional machine and love it. To each his own) , but I have friends that do and they say this detergent works great in their washers. You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe at Target or Walmart. Except the Fels Naptha soap. I have yet to find it at Target. And if you want to save even more $$, look for large bags of baking soda in the pool aisle at walmart. This time of year you can find them marked down when they switch summer pool items to fall items.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
4lb box Baking Soda
1 box Borax
1 3lb container Oxi Clean
4 bars Fels Naptha soap
2 containers Downy Unstopables ( I use the Fresh or the Lush scent)

Using a food processor or a food grater, grate the bars of Fels Naptha Soap into small pieces. About the size of small peas.
In a large container ( I use a large bucket, you can use a heavy duty garbage bag), mix all of the ingredients together and stir well to incorporate the mix.
Transfer to a smaller container to use in your laundry room. Keep the rest in an airtight container and refill when needed.
Large load - use 3 T
regular load - use 2T

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes

Sunday, February 14, 2016






In my opinion,you can't get more kid friendly than sloppy joes. My husband and sons love these things.I have a few recipes that I use,but this one gets the most compliments from them.The perfect tangy ,tomato-y sandwich. This recipe used sweet relish,which I love in my sloppy joes. I double the recipe and there is enough for lunches the next day. ** The longer it simmers to meld the flavors,the better.

Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes

  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 6 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, toasted
  1. Brown ground chuck and onion in a large nonstick skillet, stirring until meat crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in ketchup and next 5 ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spoon meat mixture over bottom halves of buns; top with remaining halves.

Cupcake Liner Valentine Heart Wreath

Monday, February 8, 2016


I have searched for a valentine wreath for a few years now to hang on the window above my sink. They have either been too gaudy with hearts , too heavy , too big or too expensive. I saw online a tutorial using cupcake liners to create a wreath that I loved .Last Valentine's Day I stocked up on cupcake liners while they were on major sale at Target, so I dug them out  and went to work.This was so easy to make. I made it Sunday night while watching Downtown Abbey, Season 4.I love it! All you have to do is scrunch the cupcake liners in the middle and ,using a glue gun, dab a bit of glue onto the wreath and stick the liner in the glue. Make sure you hold it there for a few seconds to let the glue set a bit. After the glue has dried on all of the liners , you can adjust the paper width to cover holes in the wreath. Super easy, you guys. I think it would also be gorgeous if you used a black and white cupcake liner and hung it from a red ribbon. So many possibilities.
 The wreath  is lightweight and just the right amount of pink and red not to completely annoy my husband! And it the perfect size for the window. (Even though this pic is obviously using the calendar as a background).