Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Lots of updates to update but...

I want to talk about this first. I finally was able to find all the ingredients to make home made laundry soap. I don't get many opportunities to be Martha Stuart so I made it a goal to at least try it in this area.

I got the recipe from Rebekah and my friend Kriss, but Kriss's blog is private so I wont link her.

Here are some pictures of me and the kiddos REALLY enjoying ourselves making our own laundry soap.

These are all my ingredients. I got everything from Wal-mart except the washing soda. I looked far and wide for it and finally had to get it at King Soopers.

Here is the recipe:

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups grated Bar Soap

Mix ingredients well
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load. I wasn't sure how many boxes this would take so I just bought one box of each and about eight bars of soap. What the recipe really called for was one box of Borax, two boxes of Washing soda and Baking soda and about four bars of soap. Now you will have left over Baking and Washing soda but it uses all of the Borax.

Everyone wanted to help.

Even Skyler although he mostly just wanted to make a mess of the white powder. Can you see how onrey he is?

Matthew just got over strep throat but he still wanted to help out.

Here is Chelsea grating the bar soap and rocking out to her IPOD. Victoria came down and said..."Why are you grating white cheese."

Here I am mixing it all together with a fork. Yes you heard me right...a fork...but that's all I could find in the moment...I just moved remember?

This is the final product. This entire bin is filled to the top.

We had so much fun believe it or not. I had to quickly get the fallen soap peices off the floor because for some reason my dog thought they were tasty. Sheesh!!!

We are officially moved. Moving day was hectic and fun and overwelming. We are still not all unpacked yet. I think by this weekend I will be done for the most part.

Today marks the first day we had hot water in the shower. Its a brand new shower but it was not spitting out hot water. Every other faucet in the house was but not the shower. I called them today and told them that it wasnt funny anymore. I politly told them that my children were starting to stink and I was sure the school was going to call me and banish me to the mother with dirty stinky children prison. The lady started laughing and said she understood. When I came home today from work....WALA we had hot water. We had an assembly line to the shower. Now if they would only fix the burners on the stove then we would have a complete home.


We are forever greatful. Ill do a video soon of the house. Its adorable. The kids are REALLY loving the freedom they have to ride their bikes through the neighborhood. Mommy loves the exercise they are getting by walking to school. We live to close to the school for the kids to qualify for a bus ride. Chelsea officially walks a mile and a half to school. She doesnt mind and seems to like the exercise and quiet time. The little kids also love the independence of walking to and fro to school (all .56 miles LOL).

My job is going good for now. We have a great new house and an AWESOME new garage.

Check out this video of moving day. What a mess!!!!!


Rebekah said...

Ug. Moving is SO much work! :)

I'm glad the kids had fun making the soap. You'll enjoy using it!

Only two more weeks....

LL said...

Welcome "HOME"!!! May the walls be filled with laughter and love each and every day!

Cassie said...

How neat, I am going to try and make some soap soon! Have you used any yet? Did you like it?? And not to be nosey, but did Chelsea shave her head or do I need glasses lol :) So excited you are moved in and happy!

Laurel said...

I can't wait to see some pics or your new digs all set up and unpacked. And the laundry soap...I thought...hmmm...when I read it on the other Rebekah's blog...and was like, way too much work. Then I thought...when I saw your pics...hmmm...

We'll see though!

mak'n Changes said...

Its nice being at my parents cause I actually got to watch the video you posted. normally on my phone im unable to view them.
Im glad you made it thru moving day. Cant wait to see video of your new place and the kids. Love you miss thang

Anonymous said...

looks great, but from some BTDT experience, I would swap the 8 bars Ivory for Fels Naptha or Zote, and ditch the Baking Soda. Washing Soda & Baking Soda are very similar formulas, so by doing both you're almost using the same thing twice, and it can irritate the skin to have that much (but of the two, Washing Soda is the one you should use. Yes, it matters). You'd be amazed what a difference it makes.
Also, once you get moved in, instead of hand grating it, a food processor does it so much faster. I can make a batch in under 5 minutes when needed ;)

Jen said...

The "usual" mix for laundry soap calls for bars of Fels Naptha soap since most bar "soaps" sold at the store are actually detergents... I've been making this for years and use homemade soap personally. Have fun!

Kriss said...

R, I have never used the Ivory in my soap. If you find it's not working on stains, add the Fels Naptha. The Fels Naptha works great as a stain stick too! I keep mine in a ziploc plastic container to use on stains. It works great!! Also, after you grate your soap, if you will run it through the food processor it will be super fine and go further. :) I like my soap to bubble (something about the bubbles in it) so I add a small bag of Roma to mine which I buy for $1.60 at Big Lots. Makes my homemade laundry soap go even further and smells great! -Kriss