Homemade Dishwasher Soap

So, since my laundry soap went so well I thought for sure I could make homemade dishwasher soap. Pintrest never misleads me right? Well…..

Here is the blog where I based my original recipe.

And the ingredients I used.

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I had HORRIBLE results. My plates are clear glass and they were cloudy and had this film on them. I then tried adding a couple drops of dish soap in with the dishes. That didn’t help, I added Lem Shine and the citric acid. That didn’t help. I added the dish soap, 1 c vinegar, along with everything else and NOTHING I did seemed to help. For some reason it didn’t clean the dishes very well either. There were still food stuck on them and my pans were horrible.

If anyone has any suggestions at all I am open to see if I could get it to work, but if not lets just chalk this one up to fail and call it good.

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Body Scrub

With all the crafty things I have been doing, I figured I could make my own body scrub. The hardest ingredient to find was the vitamin E oil. I finally found it at a Whole Foods. I used Mortons sea salt in this batch, but have also used Epsom Salt or any type of course sea salt. poured the salt into a plastic container then put aprox 1/2 cup of vitamin E oil, and filled the rest up with olive oil. Then I added the Vanilla Lavender oil I got from Bath and Body Works until I was happy with the smell. I used a butter knife to stir it. Works great in the winter on my dry skin.

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You can always try it using a variety of oils and smells to suit your purposes!

Homemade Laundry Soap

This is a recipe I have done twice now and I think this is the only way to go! I found the recipe duplicated on several blog sites. Here is the basic recipe that I used.

1. One four pound twelve ounce box of Borax
2. three bars of Fels-Naptha soap
3. one four pound box of arm & hammer baking soda
4. one box of arm & hammer super washing soda

All these items were in the laundry isle at my local Walmart. You can always add four pounds of Oxy Clean and/or you could add scented laundry crystals. The spouse doesn’t care for perfumed clothes so I opt for nothing smelly. When I made this last batch I made a double and put it in a 5 gallon bucket. I had a huge bag of baking soda I had gotten at Sams so I used my kitchen scale to measure that out.

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I started by shredding the Fels-Naptha soap with my cheese grater. My oldest son ended up doing most of it this time. Usually I get a big bowl and just sit in front of the TV and do it. Takes me about 20 minutes to shred all 6 bars.

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At that point I start layering the soaps. I start with 1 box of Borax, 1 box of baking soda, 1 box super soda wash, and 3 bars of the Fels-Naptha soap, then started again with the remaining amounts.

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To mix I took my husbands DeWalt drill and a paint stirrer and mixed it all up. It could get a little messy, especially the 1st time you do it, so you might want to do it in the garage.

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I have a front load washer, so for a regular large load I use 2 tbs of laundry soap and place it in the drum when putting in the clothes. For a smaller load I adjust accordingly. I used to have all sorts of problems with my washer smelling horribly and I don’t have those problems any more. For fabric softner I just use straight vinegar. I just pour it in the same amount that you would for your fabric softner in the same spot. Your clothes won’t smell like vinegar I promise.

Creamed Corn Turkey Soup

We were making supper tonight and had done beer can chickens and wanted to do something with the leftover chicken. This soup has been a favorite of ours for a very long time (over 6 years). I originally got it from the Kraft Food website.

I have used leftover turkey, chicken, canned chicken, or have boiled a chicken breast then shredded it and used it. If I boil the chicken I used the leftover water instead of chicken broth.

I started off sauteing the onions and peppers. For the double batch I used a whole onion and a whole red pepper. I never save any of the red pepper for the topping.

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While those are cooking I cubed the cream cheese and once the onions and peppers are good and soft I added the cream cheese.

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Then once the cream cheese was mixed and melted I added the creamed corn and mixed in.

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Once that was all mixed together I added the milk. I have found that warming the milk in the microwave helps. When the milk is cold it tends to curdle the cream cheese.

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Then I added the chicken broth.

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Then I added my chopped up chicken.

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You can’t really tell the chicken is in there, but I promise it is. Added pepper to taste and it is done! This is super simple and you can serve it once it is heated through. Love this soup!

 

 

Homemade starters for your bonfire, fireplace, or woodstove

I ave to admit. This is not an idea I got off Pintrest. I know the horror and the gasps inserted *here*. I got the idea as I had purchased some starters similar to these and when we were using them I thought, these are simple enough I could make them myself. I had some leftover wax from some candles that I used.

Ok, here is my disclaimer. I have used these homemade starters and they work great for us, but I am no way responsible should you make/use yourself!

Basically I got little paper cups (I believe you can find them at maybe Sam’s or a party supply store) and melted my wax. I poured the wax into the cups until they were equal to the top and let them dry. Vola! It was that simple. Usually when using them to start a fire we put it on a log and start with a candle lighter. What I mean is a long click lighter.

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When pouring the wax into the cups I do put something like cardboard or something under it as if you spill it is a quick clean up.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

We love soup at our house. I am always trying to come up with something that I can do that tastes really good, but doesn’t require me at the stove all day cutting up things, or stirring! Here is a great recipe I found here.

I didn’t take any photos of the process, but this is fairly easy. You just dump everything in the crock pot and forget it. The last time I made it I used 3 chicken breasts with the tenderloin part and I doubled the soup part of it. My hubby does not like beans so I just leave those out.

So basically my recipe was as follows:

3 split chicken breasts deboned.
2 cans 14.5 oz diced tomatoes with onions
1 10 oz pk of frozen corn (whatever is cheapest)
1 yellow onion chopped
28 oz can of mild enchilada sauce
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cup milk
Shredded cheese of your choice on top after it has cooked.
This last batch I added some sliced mushrooms also

Here is a picture of the finished product.

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A double batch like this typically doesn’t make it a week.