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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

March 31st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at church has been making their own laundry soap for the past year and some of the mothers were discussing it on Facebook the other day. They shared the recipe with me, so I thought I would give it a try. I picked up the ingredients today while grocery shopping but still need a 5 gallon bucket to mix it in.

The ingredients cost me $12.27 and the bucket is on sale at a local hardware store for $3.99. The ingredients should make at least 4 batches of soap, so it should last a while. One of the moms told me that the last batch she made lasted her 6 months. They have 4 small children so I'm sure she does a LOT of laundry!

They say it is an excellent detergent for high-efficiency machines since it is low-sudsing.

I'm anxious to give this a try!

Here is the recipe for those interested:

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap (front or top-load machine: best value)

4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (Ivory can be substituted for those with allergies)
1 cup washing soda
1/2 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: lavendar, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top load machine: 5/8 cup per load (approx. 180 loads)

Front load machine: 1/4 cup per load (approx. 640 loads)

Powdered Laundry Detergent- Top load machine

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (or Ivory)
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax

Grate soap or break into pieces and process in food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy load or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons. Yields: 3 cups detergent. (approx. 40 loads)

Financial Peace Insurance Lesson

March 31st, 2011 at 04:10 am

Tonight is the insurance lesson for my newest FPU class. I always dread this lesson because, though it's a great lesson, it makes me cry every time. The story at the end of the young man providing for his family is just too sad. You'd think that since I've seen this lesson many times that I would become immune to it. Not so. I always warn the class ahead of time that it will be a sad one and that I will provide Kleenex.

One of the members mentioned last week that she's really been looking forward to this lesson because she has insurance, but has no idea if it's what she actually needs or not. How many of us are like that? I know I was!

The Journey Out of Debt

March 30th, 2011 at 02:33 pm

Our journey out of debt began in December of 2008 when I asked for Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University home kit for Christmas. My husband begrudgingly agreed to sit down each week and go through the lessons with me.

I had been trying to work Dave's plan on my own and was making progress, but not as quickly as I would have liked. DH was agreeable to it as long as he didn't have to be involved too much.

It only took a few minutes of the first lesson for DH to realize that this was not your typical, boring personal finance program. He enjoyed Dave's teaching. He laughed at Dave's jokes. He even did his homework!

At that point our debt repayment accelerated. We started out with over $7,200 in credit card debt, $9,800 in a 2nd mortgage and over $14,000 for a car loan.

DH worked a LOT of overtime in order to pay the debt off as fast as we could. It was really rewarding to see those balances go down when all we'd been doing was watching our debt amount go up for years!

We now are facilitators for Financial Peace University and enjoy watching others change their lives as they regain hope that there is life after debt!