It's spring time now, with summer just around the corner. As the seasons change a cool refreshing iced coffee drinks sound a whole lot better than hot lattes or a fresh pour over. Iced coffee is my perfect caffeinated warm weather fix .
Here's how to make iced coffee with a french press quickly and easily. This is just a black iced coffee, and of course you can add what ever you'd like to it to flavor it, or make it creamy, but I will cover those in a later post.
I decided to try and make my own homemade dishwasher detergent for a couple of reasons. The first of which is that old saying, “You are what you eat.” A lot of dishwasher soap is loaded with chemicals I don't think anyone would willingly want to eat. I don't like the idea of little bits of chemicals being left on my dishes for me too eat. So with that kind of gross thought in mind I decided it was time for me to try and make my own dishwasher detergent.
With all of that being said, here's how to make homemade dishwasher detergent:
Here's how to make a basic natural homemade laundry detergent recipe that is easy to make, and will get your clothes fresh in no time.
There are a ton of reasons to make your own homemade laundry detergent. Personally I'm not a big fan of soaking my clothing in a bunch of chemicals that I don't really know what they are.
Another reason I am starting to steer clear of store bought laundry detergent is it seems to me like so much detergent needs to be used compared to homemade detergent that it seems like there must be some fillers in there.
I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of paying for filler. Another reason many people might be looking to make their own homemade laundry detergent is that some laundry detergents can irritate some peoples skin.
This laundry detergent recipe is much less chemical laden and might be less irritating for those with sensitive skin. There are other reasons to not buy store bought detergents but as for me, those are the ones that have driven me to try and make my own homemade laundry detergent.
Time: 10-20 minutes
Here's what you need to make your own homemade laundry detergent:
So the first thing you're going to want to do is shred your bar of soap.
Liza was nice enough to comment and let me know that Fels Naptha can, after extended use (I've not yet had this problem personally), yellow your clothing. She instead suggests using Dr. Bronner bar soap, which I've recently just started using to wash clothes while traveling, and it has worked great so far.
So, instead of… I've chosen to use Fels Naptha for my laundry detergent. Try using Dr. Bronner for your homemade laundry detergent instead.
Other soaps that work well are ZOTE, and Pure & Natural. Both Fels-Naptha and Zote are called laundry soap, meant specifically for cleaning clothes. Of course you can use your own homemade bar soap too if you want.
Shredding the bar soap with a food processor is the easiest way to do it, but using a cheese grater works just as well.
Shredding by hand will probably take for ever, buts its worth it to make your own laundry detergent. I know that the Fels Naptha looks like cheddar cheese, but it's not, so don't eat it. Or maybe it's just me that was tempted.
1 cup borax
Next you will add in 1 cup of borax to the shredded bar soap. The purpose of Borax in homemade laundry detergent is as a detergent booster. The borax helps to get clothes cleaner, and brightens and deodorizes clothes.
1 cup washing soda
Then add 1 cup of washing soda and mix. Washing soda helps to clean the clothes, and also to freshen, and fight odor in you laundry.
Mix it up
Then stir the bar soap, borax, and washing soda together. Stir it all up for at least a couple of minutes to ensure that everything is mixed well. Or, if you have a big enough container you can just shake everything together. I'm really good at making messes, so shaking everything together in a sealed container makes it a lot harder to make a mess.
Using Your Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 tbsp per load 1 tbsp should be enough for your average load of laundry. However, if you've got a big load, extra dirty clothes, or just can't believe 1 tbsp is enough to clean you clothes then use 2 tbsp, and that should be more than enough.
Storing Homemade Laundry Detergent
Keep it dry
You want to make sure you keep your nice new batch of homemade laundry detergent dry. I personally like to use air tight glass jar so that I can easily see how much I have left. Put in an air tight container so that no moisture can get in. For good measure you should also keep it in a dry place just to be safe.
Does It Work?
For my first time making this homemade laundry detergent, I think it turned out really well. After having used the entire batch of detergent I can say that it has been getting my clothes completely clean.
There's no oily feel, smell, or anything else unpleasant left after washing. My clothes are left smelling fresh and looking great after several times through the wash. After using this homemade laundry detergent for a few months I am still super happy with how well it works!
I haven't seen any sings of yellowing in my clothing, but just the possibility is worrying enough to steer me away from using fels naptha for washing laundry on a regular basis.
There is some debate over whether or not you should freeze coffee beans. Some people swear by freezing coffee beans, and the first thing that they do when they buy a new bag of coffee beans is to throw it into the freezer. While others cringe at the very thought of freezing coffee beans all together.
I wanted to find out for myself whether or not it really is a big deal to freeze coffee beans. This is what I've found out… …
Deodorant, everybody needs it, and no one wants to admit it. It's something we use every (almost) every day of our lives. Learning how to make deodorant is easy, and if you are looking for a way to stay fresh with less chemicals here's how to do it. …
Here's one that one of my friends taught me, pan roasting your own green coffee beans at home on the stove! This is the basic intro way to roast coffee beans at home. There are several other ways to do it, such as with a popcorn popper, or, surprise!, with an actual coffee roasting machine.
For me at this stage in my life this is the home coffee roasting method that I use.