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Laundry and Leisure

I love to fold laundry fresh out the dryer.  I don't mind putting clothes in the washer.  I HATE putting clothes away. (if I were not too lazy to get up, I'd take a picture of the pile of clean clothes in my bedroom waiting to be put away :(

I am trying to live a more frugal, self sufficient lifestyle.  Not out of need (but I am always mindful that it could be... it could always be...).  No, not out of financial necessity, but out of the desire to buy less and save more.  After all, every penny I save now, will be one less I need to worry over later!

So... enter my homemade laundry soap!!


One cup of Borax, One cup of Washing Soda and 3/4 bar of Fels-Naptha soap.  I also used 1/2 cup of Oxiclean booster and a couple of drops of lavender essential oil.

First, I used a mini food processor to grate and then finely grind the bar soap.

The next step is as easy as measuring the other ingredients and mixing them all together!  I used a jar I had handy and had a little left which I put into a sandwich bag.

I've used the soap a few times now and it seems to clean well and not leave a residue or any odors behind!  For now, I'm still using store bought soap for whites and my and the girls sports/workout wear.  As long as my homemade soap continues to perform well, I may just switch over for everything!

As you can see in the picture above, I was pretty busy today ;)  It was awesome to have a day just to be lazy!!  I did some laundry, dishes, cleaned the bathroom and made waffles and bacon for breakfast and goulash for supper.  And in between, I chilled.  I read blogs, I read Runner's World, the Paper, and a book.  I watched TV and snuggled with Mike and the girls.  It was AWESOME!!  Normally my weekends are filled with basketball tournaments or volleyball or some other sporting event.  This weekend, that was just on Saturday!

Confession:  I have not run since the beginning of January!  My knee was giving me some trouble, so one of the Ortho docs I work with told me to rest it.  I did.  But rest time is over!!  I will be back to running tomorrow!  I plan to start back slowly, but start I will!

All righty then, I think that is enough for one post!! I hope you are all doing well!



  1. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! def a gr8 idea!!

  2. Homemade laundry detergent - very cool. Wonder how that works with High Efficiency? I think I'm too lazy to make my own detergent though.

  3. Pretty cool - I love trying homemade/more natural recipes for cleaning!

    Love the occasional lazy day:)


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