Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap

This post is being made two months after what I am sharing happened. A friend of mine had come across a recipe for making your own laundry soap and had been using it and thought I would be interested in it. She graciously accepted to come and demonstrate how to make it at a monthly class held at our church. I have been using the soap now for two months and I love it. I will never go back to using national brands again. The beauty of this is that I now have a year's supply of laundry soap and it takes up very little space. One of the tips shared that day was to use a "downy ball" and fill with 1/2 cup of vinegar and throw in with the wash. The vinegar will help get all the soap residue out and deodorize your clothes. I have also been using dryer balls instead of dryer sheets in the dryer. I have to say I have less lint and the static is not any worse than when I used the dryer sheets. For those of you who also like your laundry to smell flowery you can use scented oils and put a few drops on some cotton balls and throw them in with your clothes in the dryer. These two changes, making my own soap and using the dryer balls, have made a huge contribution in lessening my cleaning bill. There are many videos on YouTube with similar instructions on making laundry soap and so if my instructions seem as clear as mud feel free to look them up. I will also include a recipe for Black Bean soup that was shared that day that was pantry worthy and delicious. Enjoy!

1 Bar Fels Naptha soap
1 1/2 cups Borax
1 1/2 cups Washing soda (not baking soda)
1 5 gallon bucket with lid

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 12 cups water and heat on medium until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from the heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into your 5 gallon bucket and then add the contents of the pot that you removed from the stove and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of water and stir. Cover and let sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. It should have an egg drop soup look. Use 1/2 cup per load or 1 cup for very large loads.

**This detergent does not bubble in the wash but it is cleaning**

Using 1/2 cup washing soda in a gallon of water is also a great presoak and stain pretreatment.

For those of you who would prefer a powder here are the instructions as seen on the website.

1 bar Fels Naptha soap
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Grate soap and put in food processor till powdered mix with borax and washing soda and store in covered container. Use 1 tablespoon for light loads and 2 tablespoons for soiled large loads. This should wash approximately 40 loads.

Black Bean Soup

2 cans black beans, undrained
1 c reduced-sodium chicken broth
nonstick cooking spray
1 sm onion chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
4 tsp lime juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

In a blender or food processor blend 1 can of beans and broth until smooth. Coat lg saucepan with cooking spray and cook onion and garlic over med heat for about 5 minutes, until soft.

Add blended bean mixture to rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook stirring occasionally for 25-30 minutes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Church Recipes

This is an inaugural post for a monthly class that I have been presenting for the last three plus years. In this collection of recipes covering basic food items is the recipe for homemade wheat crackers that are similar to "Wheat Thins" along with a graham cracker recipe. These two recipes have always been a hit whenever I have served them. There are also many other basic recipes and ideas that are economical to make. The purpose in sharing these is to help others find ways to provide for themselves and their families in these trying times and save money in the process. Enjoy!

Here are the Jar Recipes

Here is an exciting idea, meals in a jar.The beauty of these are that they provide peace of mind by being prepared. The soups for the most part are ready in 30 minutes or less. They make wonderful gifts and are a great way to have meals put together ahead of time and ready in a jiffy. There are also wonderful desserts and treats. Many of these recipes have become a favorite of many families. These are good for you and economical too. Could it get any better?

Food Storage Recipes

This final link and post for today Has some miscellaneous recipes that I have made and shared in the classes I have been doing. They cover everything from Hummus to Old bottle fruit cake. They are surefire winners! I hope you enjoy and share them with others.