Make your own Laundry Soap.

It’s so easy. And CHEAP! We love Cheap & Easy!! 😉
It comes out to around 50 to 60 cents per gallon.

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That is all you need!
5 Gallon Bucket
Sauce Pan
Grater
Giant Stick
Borax
Washing Soda
5.5 ounce bar of soap.

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Shred 5.5 ounces of bar soap.

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Put it in a pan with 4 cups of water over medium heat and cook it until every last piece melts.

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While that is happening…
Fill your 5 gallon bucket about half full with hot water.

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Into the bucket goes:

1 cup of Borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda.
Stir until dissolved.

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Want it to smell pretty? Add some essential oils.
I am all about Ylang Ylang and Lavender these days, but I will be honest with you –no matter how much oil I have added lately… the soap smells good, but there is no smell on the clothes after, so… this might just be a wasted step! Ah, well, I get a nice yummy scent to enjoy when doing the laundry.
(This goes for any brand I have tried, so don’t tell me I need to use YL or the other brand! lol I have tried those! And I am not willing to pour a whole bottle in.)

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By now the soap on the stove should be melted. Pour it into the bucket and stir it up.

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Then fill up the bucket with more hot water.

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Stir it well, put the lid on it and set it on the floor. This will be heavy (50+ pounds). Make sure you can lift it out of your sink, otherwise, fill it while it’s on the floor.

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Let it sit at least overnight. I usually neglect it for a whole day.
When you pop the lid off it will be a giant congealed blob. Stir it until it’s not! (It will still be a little clumpy, that is fine, unless you are Super Susie House-maker and want to run it through a blender, but that is really not needed and over time it will separate on your shelf anyway.)

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See? The stick will stand upright in the goop.

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This next part gets a little messy, but consider that you will only have to make this 1-4 times a year depending on how big your family is.
Get a funnel, ladle and empty containers a fill ’em up! Use glass jars or get empty laundry soap containers from your friends who just won’t listen to you about making their own! 😉

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Catch up on Episodes of Rookie Blue on your laptop while you do!

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Done! Damn near 5 gallons of laundry soap.
Use 1/4 cup for an avg load in a regular machine.
1/8 cup in a HE machine.

It lasts a long time and will seperate a bit on the shelf, so I give the bottle a little shake before I use it.

Share with friends. Get them making it, too.
STOP USING TOXIC laundry soap that smells gross. 🙂

Get Kombucha’s Kombucha Tonic.

I have, in my hands, something fantastic –OK I put it down for a minute so that I could type. I’m talking about this stuff:

Photo Stolen from Get Kombucha :)
Photo Stolen from Get Kombucha 🙂

This is a Kombucha Tonic from Get Kombucha.
You can buy it on Amazon HERE. (It’s on sale right now!)
You can check out Get Kombucha HERE.

Let me start with all the good things… It’s Organic, Fair Trade, GMO-free, Raw, Vegan, Paleo and Gluten Free.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the flavor, besides containing concentrated kombucha extract, it also contains: cayenne, ginger, onion, garlic, chiles, licorice, siberian ginseng, elderberry and goji berry. Never one to take anything slow, or exercise caution, I dropped a full dropper right on my tongue. I may have yelled out, “Shut the #@$% UP!”
It’s a spicy taste delight. 🙂

I am going to admit something here that isn’t very nice. I haven’t given any to Gavin yet. He can drink a glass of Tabasco without breaking a sweat. I know he’ll love this. But that means I will have to share –and I am not ready to share.

Now, all those ingredients are pretty kick ass along the lines of boosting your immune system. And last week was rough for me… I got in our gross pond (aka swimming pool) and cleaned it. I know I exposed myself to yucky living organisms –and some of you know my history with mold, we don’t get along). ON TOP OF THAT, I’ve been fighting with the air conditioner… there are lots of slimy, unhealthy things living in there, as well. I’ve been rinsing it out 1-2 a day. I think that was the final straw for me… I got sick, with everything. My tooth pain came back full force –it’s either a sinus infection or an abscessed tooth, but what ever it is it’s number 2 on my “worst pain of my life” scale –childbirth is third if you are wondering. Kidney stone stent is number 1.
ANYWAY… I was obviously beat down in the immune department and I was 1 day away from calling the dentist to have some teeth ripped out. Last time I had this it lasted for a month. I found some codeine from three years ago and that bought me time. This kombucha tonic came and I started taking it –more than the one dropper, I was doing 3-4 droppers a day, putting it right on the tooth.
In a couple days time I turned the corner and the pain stopped –which means… the infection or inflammation went down. That is what causes the pain –the pressure.

So yeah, am I pleased with the immune boosting benefits of this Kombucha Tonic by Get Kombucha? Damn right I am.

Do I love the taste? Yep.
Now look, the price is right for this, around $30 for a two month supply*, but I am sitting here trying to figure out how to convince Dave to make a larger food grade edition of this. I want to put this on everything. You’ll understand what I mean when you taste it. I want a bottle of this to put on my fish, chicken, or any other meat I am grilling –tofu even. I could see me going through a lot of this in that fashion.

*If you go order through getkombucha.com you can buy three and get two free, even better!!

So, you need this, you really really need this.

Watch this video about the tonic and then go buy a bottle: