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DIY Laundry Detergent

Routines are so important in my life these days, I know that when I get home from my day Soph generally takes a 30 minute cat nap. In that small time frame, I switch out the dishwasher, start dinner, switch the laundry, and fold and put away whatever I can. I try to pick up the floor from whatever mess the dog makes, and run the vacuum and then its time for her to wake up, lol.

So here is something that makes my routine a little easier, plus its INSANELY cost effective, and I love that! I like to make a giant batch that usually lasts about 5 months, and then I don’t have to worry about this.

What you need:

4 bars of Fels Naptha

1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 box Borax

1 large bottle of whatever scent crystals make your heart happy. I usually stick with original Gain (usually $8 or so bucks, but this time I  found some off brand for $2.99 SCORE)

What you do:

Throw those soap bars in the freezer STAT! Seriously, this is the most important step.

Mix your Borax, Super Washing Soda, and Crystals in a large container (make sure you choose one with a lid that secures)

When the soap is frozen take it out and using a cheese grater, grate those bad boys up! I use the small side, and put it into a large bowl so I can do all 4 bars of soap at one time.

When you are finished grating you just add the bar soap flakes to your large container and mix well. You only need ONE tablespoon per laundry load. Guys. 1 freaking tablespoon, its incredible. I will say, if I am doing towels, sheets, or our doggies blankets I will do 2 Tblsp. But generally, you don’t need it. This stuff is strong, and it smells fab!

 

 

Thieves Samples Part One

Part one of a four part series! I was asked by an Upline to join a Care Club and I am SO excited. I love love love essential oils, while they aren’t in my budget right now, they are something I really passionate about. Living a healthier life is always something to be excited about.

The first sample I got this month was a four pack of Theives! I can’t even tell you how much I love this oil, if you only try one oil ever in your life, make it this one. It has so many uses, too many for this post, so back to the topic – the first sample of thieves was the fruit and veggie soak.

I placed a capful into a large bowl, added water, and then added my apples. I ‘washed’ the apples in the bowl with the soak and let them sit for a few minutes. The soak suds up really nicely, and the apples were sparkling, plus you can just feel the clean.

I will absolutely be buying this for our household, especially now that I am making baby food for Soph its really important that I have peace of mind the food I’m making for her is clean.

You can grab the soak here

Let me know what you think of it!

Apple Banana Baby Food

Once you get pregnant everyone in your life proceeds to give you their horror stories, and unsolicited advice. I was told so many horror stories surrounding store bought baby food that when it came time to start giving Soph some, I was genuinely concerned.

She ate store bought for about a month, and then I got my act together and realized how easy it is to make baby food at home! Our first successful baby food is Apple Banana! (Sorry, no pictures this time, maybe next go round?)

This recipe fills 3 ice cube trays – we like to food prep in this fambam!

What you need: 

3 Granny Smith Apples

2 Royal Gala Apples (or red of choice to cut the sour of the granny’s)

6 bananas

What you do:

Wash all of your apples really well – I prefer this soak to everything

Peel your apples & cut into small pieces, place in a bowl

Peel bananas and cut into small chunks (these puree so well it doesn’t really matter the size you make them, so don’t stress it)

In a steam pot fill the bottom with water and bring to a boil – place apples in steamer basket and cover with lid. Let steam until apples are mushy and can easily be broken with a fork.

Remove steam basket from pot and using a measuring cup take about 1/2 cup of water and place in bottom of your blender. Add apples and bananas and puree until smooth to your desired texture.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze at least 6-12 hours until fully frozen, place into labeled ziplocs and store until ready to use! Then just take out a cube to defrost!

 

BONUS!!!!

These would also be great to throw into a blender with some spinach, kale, and blueberries for a smoothie for you!

 

Let me know if you try this, or alter it! We love to try new recipes in our house!