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Month: July 2018

Make your own detergent

Make your own detergent

 

Bottle, Detergent, Dish, Kitchen, Liquid, Yellow, LemonWhether you are wanting to save a little cash, love DIY jobs, or simply want a detergent which you can know, I have you covered! I’ve been making my own detergents for many years, and I’ve been shocked to discover how few folks understand that you can. And these aren’t just for”older” model washing machines – these are typically safe for HE washers, also!

I’ve broken up this article into 4 segments, so feel free to skip ahead if you want to know about a particular kind of detergent.

DIY Liquid Detergent

Liquid detergents can be a little easier to measure out, and tend to be less messy. Plus, making it’s a cinch!

– Grate a pub of your favourite soap using either a food processor or cheese grater. You will want it to be thin, so stay away from making it chunky.

– In an old saucepan, slowly heat 2 quarts (that is 8 cups) of water with your grated soap. You’ll want to stir it constantly until your soap is wholly dissolved.

Paint buckets can be great for this! Put 4 1/2 gallons of super hot water, 2 cups of baking or washing soda, and 2 cups of borax. Stir it until everything is dissolved completely.

– Insert the soap mixture into your bucket and – again – stir well.

– Cover your mixture well and let it sit overnight.

Until the mixture is smooth, then put it into separate gallon containers.

Now you have yourself 5 gallons of DIY liquid laundry detergent! This will last you quite some time, also, as you just need to use 1/2 to 1 cup for each load of laundry.

It’s important to notice that based on your washing machine and the sort of water your home uses, you might find that you start getting build up in the machine. If that occurs, there are TONS of ways to get rid of it.

You should also know that using soap as opposed to detergent will provide you varying results. Based on the type of soap you use, you might realize that your clothes do not get as clean as they should. Play around with soaps to find out what works best for you and your clothes.

These can be as simple as powdering your favorite bar of soap in a blender and adding essential oils to it can involve mixing a couple of common household items to produce a potent laundry detergent. In my experience, the latter works better than the prior – though I am a proponent of incorporating in essential oils for a custom scent.

Mix together one 3 lb, 7 oz box of A&H Washing Soda (like baking soda), a 3 lb box of OxyClean, Zote Soap bar x2, plus a 4 pound box of A&H baking soda. If you would like, Scentsy Washer Whiffs are all the rage as of late for adding a wonderful fragrance to your laundry. However, you can always just skip that and add your favorite oils for scent, or bypass adding a fragrance all together!

Grate your soap bars until they are fine, then mix everything together in a large container. Yep! You are all done!

You’ll just have to use about 2 – 4 tablespoons of the mixture per load of laundry, which makes it pretty efficient in terms of price.

It was hard for me to pick this one. There are several great DIY natural detergents on the market, but I had to select one recipe. I decided to go with a blend of essential oils with a little baking soda to get out any stains and lift dirt.

– Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Sage can be combined together to make a super-effective detergent. It can be sort of overpowering for some. 1 – 2 drops of each of those oils and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda will get the smells and stains out of your clothes, leaving them clean and smelling fresh.

– Orange, grapefruit, and cinnamon oils will give your clothes a deep down clean as well as a spicy citrus scent that will leave you feeling energized (and maybe a bit hungry!) Throughout the day. Again, add just 1 – 2 drops of each oil and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda into your load of laundry.

– Cedarwood, rosemary, and lime oils will provide your laundry a distinctive, sweet yet earthy scent that is guaranteed to please. 1 – 2 drops of all them and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda will leave your clothes smelling fantastic and looking fantastic!

– As a bonus, I’ll include my”night recipe”, which I really like to use for my kids’ nap time and bedtime clothes and bedding. Lavender oil may be used alone, but I like to combine it with chamomile and ylang-ylang oils for a sweet, meadow smell which helps whisk my children to sleep. Use just 1 drop of each of these oils, and add – you guessed it – 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda.

DIY on a Dime Detergent

This one is without a doubt one of the best. It will not cost very much at all, and it’s super simple to use. It doesn’t even involve any pre-mixing. It can also be a lifesaver if you are short on cash or time. You likely already have these ingredients!

– After you have added your laundry into the washer, throw in about half a cup of baking soda. Depending upon your washer, there will be either a place for dry detergents or you can just put it directly on top of your laundry. Be certain that you use it accordingly!

– Add about 1/2 – 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in addition to that.

– Start up your own washer!

It really is that simple. It gets your clothes super clean, as the baking soda will bubble stains from clothes and the vinegar will remove smells. And don’t worry – your garments will not smell like vinegar! In actuality, they should not really smell like much whatsoever.

If you want to take up this recipe a notch, you can add your favorite essential oil or oil blends to add a great scent to your clothing.

My favorite recipes for 4 different DIY laundry detergents. I hope that you find them as helpful as I have. They have saved my family and I innumerable money, and it has given us a better understanding of what goes into washing our clothes. (Plus, our kiddos like to help choose the scents!)

Low carb diet

Low carb diet

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The Atkins diet attained peak fad status in 2004, and though it’s since been replaced by cool new ways of losing weight, it has had a lasting effect on how people see weight loss. Atkins advocated that dieters reduce their consumption of carbohydrates. But that can be harder than it sounds. Here are some easy ways to cut carbs from your diet without sacrificing all your favorite foodstuffs.

1. Lose the Juice- Fruit juice isn’t as healthy as people once thought. Cutting out fruit juice from your diet may eliminate a source of carbs you might not have even been watching out for.

2. If you can not resist eating pizza, opt for the thin crust variety rather than deep dish. You can still get your cheese and tomato sauce repair without ingesting as many carbohydrates.

3. But if you”think outside the bun,” you can still enjoy lots of the flavors you love, just low carb. The solution? Substitute lettuce wraps to the bun on your hamburger or the bread in your turkey sandwich. You will drastically lower the carb content and still have something to grip.

4. Substitute Your Spaghetti- A spiralizer is your kitchen invention you never knew you needed-and it is surprisingly cheap, with many going for under $30. This nifty gadget may transform squash, zucchini, and other low-carb veggies into spaghetti (or other shapes), making a fantastic substitute for that carb-heavy pasta you miss eating.

5. Replace Your Rice- Rice, like pasta, is a carb-heavy starch that is omnipresent in many cuisines. But you don’t need to give up on Chinese or Indian food entirely just because you’re counting carbs. Attempt subbing in riced cauliflower. It has got a similar feel and absorbency, and once it’s loaded up with curry or broccoli beef, you’ll barely notice a difference.

6. Switch Your Chips- Potato chips are one of these snacks that it’s really difficult to forego. If you are craving that crunch, try kale chips, which offer the identical snackability with fewer carbs and a host of other health benefits. You can even make your own by pitching chopped kale in olive oil, separating the leaves on a cooking sheet, and throwing them in the oven until they crisp up.

7. Go with Protein for Breakfast- Even healthy breakfast cereals like granola and oatmeal are high in carbohydrates. But if you begin your day with a protein, especially eggs, then you won’t get off on the wrong foot. Eating protein early in the day also kick-starts your digestive tract and helps you begin burning fat when you exercise.

8. Skip the Starch- While you want veggies to stay healthy on your low carb diet, you need to prevent the starchier varieties. Potatoes are a clear no-go, but are sweet potatoes, despite being healthy otherwise. Other secretly starchy veggies include peas, carrots, and corn. The next time you need a vegetable side or want to add something to a salad, reach for some bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus, or artichokes.

The paleo and keto diets both have a page out of Atkins’ book by indicating you cut back on carbohydrates. If you’re following both of these diets, or the many others that recommend a reduced carb intake, the suggestions above can help!