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DIY laundry soap

In our quest to become greener and thriftier, we started making our own laundry detergent at home.

laundry detergent

The essential tools.

It is a pretty simple thing to do and will save you a boatload of money.  Now, I haven’t done all the math to show exactly how much it costs, how many loads you can do, how long it normally lasts us, cost per load etc.  But I can tell you that all the ingredients listed in this picture were under $10.  The price for borax has since shot up, but you will get about 10-15 gallons of detergent out of each box.

The first batch we ever made lasted us at 6 months, the next batch lasted closer to a year.  We started out using way more than we needed!  Some people claim to add 5 drops of essential oil to their bucket for some smell good clothing.  I used to be “Tide” obsessed.  Nothing else would do when it came to washing my clothes.  Now, I can’t tell a difference.  But I can tell a huge difference in the $$$ savings per year.

What you will need:

5 Gallon bucket (check = $0)

2 cups Borax

2 cups Washing Soda (not to be mistaken with baking soda)

1 Bar of Soap (preferably natural ivory soap)

Box Grater

Cooking Pot

2 Quarts Water

Let’s Begin:

Bring water to boil in pot.

melted soap

melting the soap

While you are waiting, finely grate the entire bar of soap the add it to the water.  Stir until the soap is melted.

Add the water mixture to the bucket as well as the Borax and Washing Soda.  Stir to combine.

Add about 3 gallons of hot water, stirring again.

laundry detergent

Pop a lid on it and that’s it!

In the end you, will have a thick, gel-like substance that will need to be shaken or stirred before you scoop it out and into the washer.  Use 1/4 cup of detergent per load of laundry.  Also can be used as a pre-treater for tough stains.

For about 20 minutes worth of time and a few bucks, you have at least half a years worth of detergent for a 2 person household.  Now kick back and relax while your significant other does “your dirty undies Dude… the whites!”


Enter the Puppy!

This past October we adopted a little puppy dog.

Yes he is what Willis was talking about and yeah, he probably could have taken down Bruce Lee with his notorious ankle biting.

ankle bite

Ankle biter!

Rasta Pup 2 months

I know, he looks deadly, but don’t be fooled.  This dog is seriously the chillest little guy ever.  I expected zero sleep for me and many hours of poo-pick up and carpet cleaning, but that hasn’t been the case.  We received him crate trained, puppy pad trained and somewhat house broken.  If it weren’t for our rug which looks and feels like a nice, manicured piece of grass to pee on, there would not have been any accidents.  So we quickly demoted the rug to garage duty and have since been, piss free and loving life.  I have the killer trained to ring a bell anytime he wants to go outside.  As crazy as I thought it sounded at first, “no way will I be able to train this pup to ring a bell to go potty.”  It literally took only about 2 minutes before he figured it out.  Thank’s Mr. Pavlov.

Rather than the hyper annoying, terrorizer I expected, I got this wonderful little bundle of (somewhat lazy) love.

Awww!  Looks like an “Axel” right?  No way Jose.  Our little buddy came to us with a name that screams rock and roll but with a demeanor that purrs reggae.  It just so happens that he responded quite well to one name in particular (we threw out over a hundred), Rasta.   Thank you for the name  Miss Megnadoodle!

puppy dreads

"If I weren't from Jamaica then why would I be wearin' this hat mon?!?" No crying in Babylon

So now you have met Rasta, though, through his ears he might think his name is Mr. Buddy, Mr. Mister, Mr. Miyagi-san, Rastapuss, Pasta…  Whatever the name, he will be the source of many of upcoming photographs I am sure (half of these were iPhone pics).

wated puppy dog barron

Rasta’s Brother, Barron – this was are other option (how could you ever choose?)

When Deb pulled up at the vet clinic there were two bros left, it was a tough choice between the two puppies, in hindsight we wish we would have taken both.  If you happen to have seen Barron and know his Facebook, Myspace or Twitter handle…or how to get a hold of his new family, please contact us.  If for nothing else, just to see how the old chap is doing and what he looks like, how big etc., so perhaps we can get a better idea of what type of dog their father was.  And doesn’t Barron look like a mini ball of fuzz, maybe a Bernese Mountain Dog?  And Rasta looks more like a wirehaired terrier/lab mix.  Hmmm, not sure what breed these pups are made of but sure are cute!  I’m sure we’ll be those annoying parents posting way too many pictures of our babe but he’s too cute not to show off!

Our little Rasta pup

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