Laundry day = laundry soap

Time to do more laundry. There are two things in my life which I know will happen, death and laundry. In order to continue our journey towards decreasing the amount of things which we are dependent on purchasing and decreasing the chemicals we use, we have been making our own laundry detergent for a while now.

This may be common place for most of my friends but for those of my readers who did not know you could make your own, alllow me to enlighten you. Store bought laundry detergent is two things: expensive and full of things I don’t want on my shelf of cleaners. Since I make most of my own cleaners the ingredients needed to make laundry detergent are all on my shelf already.
You will need to buy washing soda, I use Arm and Hammer. Washing Soda is not the same thing as baking soda, it is found in the laundry aisle as well as the second ingredient, Borax. I buy Mule Team (which can also be used to make many other cleaners or used anywhere you need a scouring powder). The last thing is a bar of soap, you can really use any soap but the most widely used are Fels Naptha, Zote or Ivory. I use castile soap as well as organic goats milk soap made by a wonderful friend of mine at the Farmers Market. Optionally you can also add essential oils. I change the ones that I use occasionally but my favorites are grapefruit, patchouli and lavender.
Grate 2 cups of soap, add one cup of Borax and one cup of Washing Soda. Put into a container and use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load. If that seems like too little soap it is because it is pure cleaners. Store bought laundry detergent is full of fillers. The whole process takes me about 10 minutes thanks to a handy grating blade on my food processor.
I spend pennies per load and I have control over what my childrens clothing and bedding get washed in, plus I get a kick out of being dependent on one less thing.
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First things first…

I guess it would be appropriate to start this blog by introducing the real life players.

Me- Above all else I am Eddie’s wife and mother to a mega family.  I will let the rest out of the bag later.
Eddie-  My wonderful husband and Poppa to the many little and big feet running around here.
Alexandra- Our oldest and the glue that holds us together most days.
Nicholas- Our oldest son, an old soul who delights in finding the biggest oak tree and losing himself with Mark Twain.
Eddie- My very sensitive boy, he is always the first to make sure his Poppa has comfy pajamas waiting when he gets home.
Erica- A brain with legs and feet.  My only glass wearer. Permanently busy with a book or a crochet needle and any yarn I can spare.
Veronica- Resident girly girl.  Always put together with pretty matching clothes and a smile.
JP- His momma’s heart!  Also my most stubborn but cute and cuddly kid.
Christopher- Born in the bathroom at home by mistake and has been keeping us on our toes ever since.
Olivia- Roly poly little baby girl who KNOWS that there must be someone available to carry her, no swing necessary.
Mandy and Andrew- My precious twins in heaven whom I shall know intimately someday.
Cypress- Our oldest Golden Retriever, master escaper and most likely to need a psycologist during stormy season.
CJ- Son of Cypress, never any trouble and deathly terrified of the camera.
People ask me if my family feels too big… I think it feels just right, it really does not feel like a large family to me.  I remember back to when we only had 3 and it feels about the same.
As for the nay sayers who will comment about how we are over populating the earth, I say firstly that our family has a much smaller carbon footprint than most families of 4 and we are proud of that.  Secondly, the world does not have too many people, it simply has too many people who don’t care.
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