Friday, March 27, 2009


Didn't I used to blog here??

**Things were a bit crazy this week with doctor appointments and such.  And now I have to buckle down and get this kid's spring musical in performance order in less than a month - ACK!!!!

**I have pics to share, they're just still on my camera.

**The anti-yeast diet?  Oh my goodness, how can anyone do that for any extended period of time?  Our thrush issue is SLOWLY getting better, and it'll get better even quicker if I can stay away from more of the carbs & sugars (seriously difficult!).  At least I can nurse now without wanting to scream out loud.....bonus!  ;)

**I still have moments of panic whenever Dean leaves the, how can I possibly do all this by myself?  Oh ya, I can't.  God (and my five children) teach me this lesson each and every single day (I'm a slow learner).

**Lastly, I actually had to make more laundry soap (first time since the beginning of the year) - all I had to buy was another bar of Fels Naptha soap (like $1.25 or so).  Yes, I use a bit more stain spray, but overall, I am still saving LOTS of money and our clothes are clean (not dingy).  Excellent~


Jessica D. said...

Would you post how you make laundry soap?

Dean B. said...

Jessica, this is Lori's husband. Here you go...

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about dingy clothes! I stopped using the concentrated laundry detergent 3 months ago. I went back to the powder stuff! I bought a HUGE box of Tide for $15, 3 months ago and we're still using it! I was using the concentrated Tide, and I didn't feel like our clothes were getting clean.

I've read I think on Tammy's website you can use Ivory Soap. And they come in a HUGE pack. So that might even be more of a savings!

Anonymous said...

So the laundry soap works good. Apparently the girls left a blanket on the top of our slide out back before the first snow and it remained buried in snow all winter. When I went out on the first warm day to clean up a bit in the back yard I brought the now very dirty blanket in, washed it with the homemade detergent....Looks like new again. amazing.....See you later.