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Its been a rainy weekend, so I decided I would experiment in the laundry soap department. I started out with a fairly simple one to see how it would clean compared to the last one I tried. This recipe in my estimation, cost 1.50 (cdn) for 2 gallons and I doubled it and made 4 so 3.00. I am using 1/2 a cup for normal loads and 3/4 for heavy soil. I estimate at 1/2 cup per load i should get 128 loads done for 3 dollars or less depending on how dirty some of the clothes are.
Here are the steps and things you will need for 2 gallons:
-a bar of soap that you like (ivory or dial or zest whatever, i used 1/3 od a Linda laundry bar)
-1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of washing soda
-water, funnel, plastic or steel spoon (don’t use a wooden one unless you only use it for soap!)
-2 empty one gallon jugs or empty laundry soap jugs
-2 gallon or bigger pot. I used my huge steel stock pot for this. I think it holds 4 gallons.
Grate soap into pot and add a gallon of water (16 cups).
Cook on medium heat and stir making sure all of the grated soap gets dissolved.
Once soap pieces are dissolved, add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda and bring it to a boil.
Keep an eye on your pot because once its starts to boil it might foam up and over.
If this happens just remove the pot from the heat for a few seconds and keep stirring. Once the foam goes down return to heat and stir till it boils. Once boiled turn off the heat and add a gallon of cold water (16 cups)
Keep stirring well making sure it is all mixed up. At this point you wait for it to cool and keep stirring to make sure the liquids don’t separate. Mine started to separate a bit so I stirred it up several times until it was cooled down. Once cool, you will be left with a gel like soap that dissolves nicely when you do your laundry even using cold water. Pour into your containers using the funnel.
That’s all there is to it. I poured my soap into a 5 gallon pail because I had no empty laundry jugs. I tested it out tonite and it works great! Dont let the look fool you. Suds=clean is not true. This cleaned thru hubbys work clothes with ease using 3/4 cup. Next time I am going to add smell of some sort 🙂
Here is a link to an experiment that a school girl did using home made and store bought soap. Very interesting read.
Are you running on empty? A gasoline tank in your car that is less than half full represents a danger to a vital part of your car’s fuel system and I do not mean the danger of possibly running out of gas on the road.
The overwhelming majority of cars on the road today are fuel injected; if your car was sold in the Untied States initially within the last 15 years, it is fuel injected. Fuel injection is a very precise way to deliver fuel into the combustion chamber of your car’s engine. It is precise because the fuel is delivered at high pressure (in the neighborhood of 35-45 pounds pre square inch) from the gas tank and squirted into the combustion chamber at exactly the right amount at exactly the right time by a computer controlled system in your engine’s management system This precision helps to create a very clean burning engine that runs as efficiently as possible (and efficiency equals power).
Before the advent of common fuel injection, cars did not have the advantage of a computer to measure and time the delivery of fuel in the combustion chambers. Relatively crude carburetors were used to deliver fuel and air into the engine for combustion in amounts that were “about right” but hardly as precise as modern fuel injection systems. Carburetors operated on a gravity system of fuel dripping down from the float bowl to the jets that actually delivered the fuel and as a consequence did not require high fuel pressure from the fuel tank. Fuel pressure delivery for a carburetted engine needs to be only about 7-12 psi.
The fuel tank, fuel lines and fuel pump for fuel injected cars needs to be much stouter than a carburetted car because the fuel pressure is so much higher for fuel injected engines. The fuel pump is the largest moving part in the fuel system, pumping gasoline constantly to your engine from the fuel tank, and it is an electrical pump that is working very hard to provide that pressure. Any thing that is electric-powered and works hard throws off heat and a build up of heat is the death knell for any kind of electrical component, including an electric fuel pump.
In to keep the electric fuel pump cool, automobile manufactures keep it bathed in a cooling liquid to prevent burn out and premature fuel pump failure. Do they keep it in the radiator? No. Do they keep it in the air conditioning system? No. Most car manufactures put the high pressure, hard-working, electrically powered fuel pump in… the gas tank. Your fuel pump is mounted inside your car’s gas fuel tank surrounded by gallons of gasoline that help keep the fuel pump cool. Now this may seem counter intuitive to keep an electrical device inside a tank full of volatile gasoline that will eventually be sparked into combustion by an electric spark at the combustion chamber, but this system seems to be relatively safe and we do not hear of cars blowing themselves up on a frequent basis.
But driving your car with less than half a tank of gas on a regular basis, particularly in hot weather is guaranteed to put extra wear on your fuel pump by denying it the cooling that a full tank of gas provides. So keep at least a half a tank of fuel in your tank and protect your fuel pump from early failure.
Just loved this article. Been there done that. Take a read and you will see what i mean. Some people just dont have all the money or resources to “keep up with the Joneses!” Bravo Renegademama! http://www.renegademothering.com/2012/09/06/earth-called-she-wants-stop-douchebag/#.UEoMSfAFNUo.facebook
More than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits — particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease — has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke as well as staving off dementia. Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health. Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants. But here are 20 uses for green tea that you may have never known about. http://ecosalon.com/20-unusual-uses-for-green-tea/
I usually insist on having a green thumb but when it comes to certain plants, that skill seems to elude me. Boston ferns hate me and wandering jews seem to want to go in a direction away from me. My mom on the other hand can grow a boston fern with ease and how she manages it I still wonder. If your aloe plants start growing out of control, here is a place you can visit that shows you step by step how to spread the apart and make them grow.