Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Homemade Cleaning Recipies

Ok, so the first thing you need to buy, right now. go. is Dr. Bronners all in one magic soap. It's a pure castille soap (which means what?) all vegetable based. And it's certified fair trade and organic. I"m not lying when I say this is my favorite product of all time, so far. It does everything, as you are about to see in these recipies.

I'm seriouse people. I can't tell you how much I love this stuff. Besides all the uses below, there is nothing this soap can't do.  Put a drop on the carpet stain, takes out the stain and the smell; put a little in a bottle with water, put next to the sink = dish soap. And I "store" my tea tree flavor (I have a small obsession with tea tree) in the shower and put a nickel size drop on my loofah and wash my body with it. It leaves you feeling squeaky clean, but not dry, I didn't realize the buildup that was left on my skin from regular body wash until I used this. A-MAZ-ING. It's a concentrate, so you don't need to use much at all, it will last you for a very very long time.  There are 7 scents: Tea Tree (fav), Pepermint (2nd fav), Citrus (awesome in the kitchen), Almond, Rose, Lavender, Unscented (for babies, all is gentle enough for babies/kids, unless the essential oils bother them), Eucalyptus.  Most all come in a bar as well. I found all scents at Bi-Mart, and they had a coupon last time I was there for $2 off. But Freddys has a good selection as well, in the natural food section. You can get gallon sizes too.

Ok, now that you all know about the greatest soap on the earth....here are the recipies:

Laundry recipie:

1 bar Zote or Fels Naptha
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
*(all found in the laundry isle at Fredys)

Chunk up the soap with a knife or fork (I have also found that chopping with a big butcher knife helps a lot after breaking the bar up and saves your processor or magic bullet), put a little (about 2-3 tbsp) at a time in a food processor or magic bullet with some (1/2 cup or so) of the powder (add oil of choice if wanted, I use tea tree because I am OBSESSEd with the smell and it has anit-bacterial properties)
Blend into small little baby chunks, dump out, add more chunks, powder, ect..repeat until all powdery. (I made more lastnight and doubled the batch because I bought a great cracker jar at Freddys that would hold more for $9.99. I used one bar Fels Naptha and one bar Dr. B tea tree. I have heard lots of people just use dove/dial/ect bars of soap, so I"m giving this a try)

1-2 tbsp per load, depending on the soil level (a single batch lasted us about 3 months, and we do a lot of laundry around here with MR. and MRS. Dirt, Mr. Peepee through my diaper at night and Mr. Work at a wherehouse)

A little bit of white distilled vinegar in softner compartment ( I just fill to max line, less than 1/4 cup) to make sure all soap is off clothes, I promise you don't smell it at all! Plus, vinegar helps set colors, bonus!

Oxy boost if you want ( I do)

I have an HE washer and dryer and it works great. I know it works in regular models too.ENJOY!

1 gallon (or whatever will fit in your spraybottle, but use a big one or lessen the other ingredients) hot water (to dissolve the baking soda)
1 tbsp baking soda
2 tsp Dr. Bronners liquid soap (miracle soap)

Spray away! And totally safe for the kiddos! Avery likes to help me wipe things down and i feel ok letting her use this! SERIOUSLY AWESOME. I will just spray the shower/tub with this once a week, let it sit for however long it takes until I take a shower later on, rinse it off, and helps keep it clean until I want to do a scrubbing.  Spray on toothpaste in the sink, let sit, wipes right off. Works on any surface.

1/8 cup Dr. B
1/4 cup borax

Brush on, let sit for 15 minutes, rinse off

Last night I was putting everything away above my utility sink. I noticed a rust stain (among many other paint, dirt, ect stains that I haven't been able to get out since we moved in, I mean it is a utility sink), so I sprinkled a little borax into the sink, added a couple drops of Dr. B, and rubbed it with my finger, rust totally came off. This made me excited, so I added some more Borax and soap, got my little scrubby brush and went to town. It ALL came off, the longer I let it sit on there, the easier everything came off! I was on a cleaning high lastnight! Plus, it smells so yummy!

2 tbsp baking soda
2 tsp Dr. B

this is a small batch, obviously just up it if you have a bigger project. I just double it and keep a little tupperwear container under the sink.

scrub on, let sit 5-15, rinse/wipe off

1 gallon water
1/4 cup Dr. B
1/8 cup Distilled White Vinegar

mop on, mop off

I keep mine in an old Laundry degergent container, just splash it onto the floor, mop, rinse mop and rinse floor. I've been known to scrub the floor with a brush too, but our linoleum has deep groves in it =ing dirt catcher. gross.

Hand Soap
1 washed out Bath and Body Works or any other foaming (important, or spout can clog) hand wash container
1 tbsp ish of Dr. B (use Tea Tree flavor for some antimicrobial action)
fill with water
*optional: add food coloring (don't worry, doesn't stain sink or hands or towels because it's mixed with soap!)

Dish Soap
2-3 tbsp of Dr. B (depending on size of contanier)
fill with water

Notice all the repeats of ingredients! This is what I love the most!! Just a handful of ingredients gets your house clean in so many ways!

Price Breakdown (ish):
Vinegar: $2.99 ish
Borax: $2.99 ish
Washing Soda: $2.99 ish
Dr. Bronners: $ 10-12 ish (remember, this stuff will last you forever!)
Fels Naptha: $under 2 for a bar, however, I just saw that perhaps Ace Hardwear has a 24 pack for 35.00...checking it out.

The ish is for the possiblities of coupons, sales, ect.  Just buy when on sale and stock up! 

Friday, September 9, 2011


Look what I made on accident!!!

We can talk about where I've been, later.

I was cooking some fresh green beans in a little bit of oil, onion and garlic salt, Trader Joes South African Smoke seasoning blend and it smelled so yummy....I got to thinking....what else could I add to this to make it more of a meal? I saw some bulk quinoa in the cupboard. I sprinkled some on. Added some more. Added some water, covered and simmered. After the liquid was gone, I added some parm cheese and turned up the heat for a couple of minutes. Added more Parm in the bowl, and wowza! It was soooooooo yummy!

Peace Love and Beans!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Something's Gotta Give!

So this time, I have been seriously missing. 


I don't even know where to start. I kind of feel like I"m at the place I was when I first started this whole thing (the " I need a change, I'm in a rut, something's gotta give!)  And I feel like blogging helped get me out of it last time, so perhaps this will help me again!

I have been a very faithful vegetarian (no problems, except when I smell bacon, and trust me, I can smell it for miles), the idea of eating dead, rotting carcas is still not appealing :)

Vegan....well...I started slipping about a month ago, maybe a little more.  I was never anal (oh how I hate that word, I can not for the life of me think of a better word right now!) about the Vegan thing, I tried as hard as I could for as long as I could, but in a small town, it's tough.  And making it tougher, a budget.  So, I wouldn't say I have fallen off the wagon, I would say I'm hanging over the edge desperatly hanging on for dear life and the road is littered with rocks and speed bumps and cheese, oh, I mean pot holes.  Don't give up on me yet, I desperatley want to continue this lifestyle, it makes a major difference in my mood, energy, and over all out look, it's just tough right now.

Making it tougher, me + a job.

That's right. For those of you that didn't know, I am working and have been for the past month and a half-ish. It's a temp job (for Regence, I happen to have a connection there), just doing computer input.  It acctually ended up working out really well for us, right now.  For the first couple of weeks, Mr. AP was still working his same hours (4:30 pm-3 am). So, he would get home from work and go to sleep, like normal, I would get up around 4:45am and head to work (luckily, I have flex hours, so I could pretty much make my schedule, so long as the work and the hours were there), he would then wake up with the children (getting about 4 hours of sleep) and I would get home around 3:30 in time for him to get ready for work.


Some of you know about his injured wrist he has been dealing with for the last couple of months. Well, he was on light duty and that ran out.  He is now on disability leave.  This is a blessing, only because I am working.  If I were not working, we would up that poopy creek without a boat.

So, where does this leave us?

I am working.

Mr. AP is a stay at home dad. (and doing a pretty amazing job, in fact, he's showing me up and it's starting to piss me off.) (I'm kidding, kind of) (no, really, he's kind of amazing)(jerk)(love)

So, for now, that's us. And it's working.  When my job ends and the end of this month, then who knows. We'll see when it happens.

Christmas was great. New Years was great.

Hopefully I can be back soon!

Peace Love and Jobs.