Sunday, January 29, 2012

Best Dishwasher Soap So Far

I have tried just using borax and washing soda and that never left glasses and silverware looking clean. I found a recipe that keeps glasses looking clean and silverware looking great. I've never been able to find citric acid before in the stores but glad to find something else that works as great. I found the recipe from Pinterest on this blog that I have begun to enjoy.

Homemade Dishwasher Soap:
2 Cups of Super Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer)
2 Cups of Borax
1 Cup of Kosher Salt
1-2 12oz containers of LemiShine
  (I used one and it was fine)

Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. You can store in a plastic bag or measure 1Tbsp. in ice cube trays and it will harden and use that for your washer. After a couple hours the powder will harden like a rock. I suggest plastic bag only because you can use a rolling pin or rubber mallet to pound it out. Once its hardened and you break it up it won't clump again. It takes 2Tbsp. per load. 1 Tbsp in each department or section.

I have been using it for almost a month and it was made noteworthy for you. I found the LemiShine at Walmart. On their website its supposed to be at Target too. Its about $3.00 per bottle.
If you still need a little more umph, then you can add distilled vinegar to your rinse aid and that will help too. It shouldn't make your dishes smell. Have a great day.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Laundry Soap

I got a great recipe from a friend and have been using it. I really like it and its so cheap. I have an HE machine and its ok too since its a low sudsing soap. 

What you will need:

  • 5 Gallon Bucket with a lid.
  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 Bar of Fels Naptha, grated
  • 6 Cups of water + enough water to fill your 5 gallon bucket.

  1. Grate soap with a fine cheese grater.
  2. In a large sauce pan add 6 cups of hot water and grated soap.
  3. Bring to a boil and then turn to low heat.
  4. Add borax and washing soda.
  5. When all ingredients are completely dissolved, pour into 5 gallon bucket.
  6. Fill the remainder of the bucket with very hot tap water.
  7. Allow to sit for 8 to 12 hours to congeal before using. 

For a large load us 3/4 Cup of soap. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hello there

To start off, I like to look at a website called Pinterest. There are a ton of things to try. Most of the things I will share are from that website. Even though from the links they show how to do that thing, on two so far not successful. 1st one is making liquid hand soap from grating up a bar of hand soap and melting it with water and adding glycerin. That looked like it would work, for some reason not for me.

2nd thing I tried was making body wash from grated bars of soap and melting it as well with glycerin but using distilled water instead of tap water. Again, did not work. You know its so cheap to just buy the liquid soap in bulk in the stores so I will leave that be for now. 

Now on the successful, I have made a powder base for Cream of (something) mix. You can add to anything, with mushrooms and put on any meat or no meat. It came out really thick for me and like a white gravy. Goes great on mashed potatoes. 

Recipe for Cream of (something) soup mix:

1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon cubes
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper

(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)

Hope you like and enjoy the next to come.