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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fullmoon's Adventures with Laundry Detergent! on: January 08, 2013 03:23:38 AM
Sometime last year I saw someone had posted a post about making their own laundry detergent, and in late May, early June, I went to Hermiston for a couple days and watched my aunt make some laundry detergent, which rekindled my fire for wanting to try it.... Unfortunately my grandmother, who I live with, said no because she doesn't want me doing much in the way of soaps or making my own anything past chainmaille/knitting/sewing. (And I quote "Alison, if you want a bar of soap, go buy it for a dollar at the store!! There is NOTHING wrong with it. Besides you have too much soap anyways, you don't need to make any. Besides, I don't want lye anywhere near here!") However, I briefly dated this amazing guy who shared my love of wanting to make everything.... He made me 5 tubes of super amazing chapstick in exchange for me sewing some buttons back onto his shirts, and then I decided to make laundry soap to give him cuz he'd been wanting to try some, and y'know, Gran can't stop me if I make it for him in the middle of the night and y'know.... End up with way too much and /have/ to keep some myself Wink Bwa hahahahaha.....

For the powdered detergent, I shredded 1/3 bar of soap (in this case Fels-Naptha, but you can use any castile soap or homemade soap!) and I used either 1/2 cup or 1 full cup each of Borax 20 Mule Team and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (I believe it was 1/2 cup each because I was making a very small batch). The soap was finely shred, I used a cheese grater from the dollar store for it. Cheesy I mixed it together into the jar, and closed the lid on it and shook it up to mix it after mixing it around with my hands. It was further mixed after this picture.

For the liquid detergent, I used 1/3 bar of soap, I think 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda, plus I believe I boiled 4-6 cups of water and mixed the ingredients to make basically a soap soup until it literally looked kinda like a soup.... (see picture below lol)

Then, I tried to add it to like 1.75 gallons of water at least because I didnt quite have enough to do as much as i wanted (I wished I had a bucket, but I could only hide small things, not a full bucket, yknow?) but I divided it up between a laundry jug and two glass containers and one small laundry jug. I spooned the mixture because pouring it wasn't going well, after I filled the containers with the amount of water I wanted in each, and with the lid on each, gave them some good shakes. I let them sit for 24 hours, but really, mine sat for more than 24. >_> They sat for a couple weeks.....

Here's a picture of all the mixtures together after I'd finished the batch. Smiley The small green laundry jug and the container of powdered liquid went to my ex and I kept the rest. I think my grandma found my stash of laundry detergent, seeing as she seems to have thrown out my peppermint shampoo-y stuff my ex made me, and she also jacked my box of Borax and washing soda, but at least I know where they are.... I actually /finally/ had a chance to try said laundry detergent recently, because I did my laundry in the middle of the night. If I plan on doing my laundry she like purposely does it while I'm at work or school, and I'm like "Augh, I just wanna wash my own clothes and try my soaaaaaaap" @_@  For the record, when it settles, it goops up into this liquid awkwardness (but that may just be my batch being slightly shorted on water) so after giving it a good shake and then pouring it into the little cup, i squished it a bit before pouring it into my washer and squished up the goopy glops in my container a bit too. It worked AMAZINGLY well, definitely comparable to Tide and all of those other ones! (And came out much cheaper than me buying bottles of Seventh Generation cuz I like that better than whatever my grandmother uses that I might be slowly developing an allergy to...) It took out blood stains even! And my legs didn't get all itchy and/or break out from the clothes being washed in it (unlike whatever my grandmother uses on my clothes when Im not home. I think it's Tide) So I'm really pleased. Smiley Next time I'll use a little more water though and see if it goops a bit less.

I am still surprised that you alone put up so much of efforts and made it successful, keep up the great work. Me too planning try out my hands in preparing this DIY detergent.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Light green bathroom on: January 07, 2013 01:37:27 AM
Thanks. I think I'll start with the gray paint and do some black and white accessories.
Congratulations for new house, I don't think gray can bring magic with green as a contrast. But we can experiment with something new, hope it works.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Coconut oil and Honey hair mask/deep conditioner on: January 07, 2013 01:22:20 AM
This is a wonderful tip,  thanks for sharing. My hairs are splitting and very dry, will try this to my hairs hope it works.
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Spider-Man on: November 07, 2012 09:51:13 PM
My 3 year old daughter loves Spider-Man and how could I say no.  I think it's a Simplicity pattern, a generic super heros, five to pick from. It was for a size 7 and I had to make some parts of it smaller. It's my first time sewing something this complicated. It took two months too long to make. But I'm glad I made it for her, she wore it all Halloween day.

Smiley Wao your baby is looking so sweet, adorable Spider-Man. I must say this you have sewed the dress very well, your two months effort can be seen in the dress.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Meet Our 2Q2012 Home Sweet Home Featured Member - craftewoman! on: November 07, 2012 09:32:01 PM
Great work Craftewomen, I really liked your work, the arched doorway is looking beautiful. You must upload some more designs.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Small lamps inspired by nature. on: October 30, 2012 02:51:19 AM
These nature inspired lamps are really good. I love to give the house a natural feel. Be it the material used to decorate and build it, household items or even decors like the lamp. The idea is innovative and really looks gorgeous. Such lamps will gook great outdoors like in a home garden.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Cyclope.. How do I decorate it on: October 29, 2012 05:36:32 AM
I have this super smart looking cyclope in my garden that i completely adore. I was just thinking if I could do something interesting and colorful to it. May be add some funky cushions or have a wind chime hanging of it. Any idea.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Teacup Candles on: October 27, 2012 05:27:05 AM
Tea cup candles is a very innovative ideas. I do have single tea cups which have been left after the set is broken or gone old. So they can used as candles. It is really a nice idea. The cup doesnt look odd standing solo on the shelf. I have 2-3 of such cups and now they are going to be put to a great use. This can be kept on the dining table or kitchen and will look great!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for re-doing a wooden coffee table?? on: October 27, 2012 01:53:25 AM
I like the idea of painting it a bright color like yellow or orange. That would actually make it stand out the way you want it. I think a bright paint is what will give it the desired look that you are aiming for. Its a nice coffee table that you have and is a great buy!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shells on: October 18, 2012 10:25:07 PM
I have stuck the shells on the border of the mirror in my bathroom, giving it a nice oceanic look. Also I have kept a vase with sand and some branches in them for decoration. This gives a cool pleasant theme to my bathroom. What more you could do with shells is stick it on a frame and make a nice photo frame out of it or on a small pot to make a good show piece. These are the easiest things I can think of.
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