Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lavender in a canning jar????

Several months ago I found a blog post that captured my interest. The posting was about making homemade lavender laundry soap. Ms Chandeen of Designed by Chance showed a nice tutorial about making lavender laundry soap. I decided then and there that I wanted to try this. I gathered up the supplies but decided to wait a little. I happened to have an ample supply of laundry detergent on hand. Today I decided to attempt the recipe! Oh wow, did my kitchen ever smell nice!

This is the ingredients that I used:

(3) four ounce bars of Castile soap
(1) 55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
(1) 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team Borax
(1) half ounce bottle NOW 100% pure lavender oil

I grated the bars of soap in my food processor. I then mixed all ingredients in a large pan. I filled quart canning jars with the mixture. I had the jars on hand, so instead of buying a large jar, I just used the canning jars and divided it up.

I have read various amonts to use per load. I have read anywhere between one tablespoon to one fourth cup per load. Maybe I will start with one eigth cup per load and see how that does.

My next recipe to try is homemade lavender fabric softner. I have found the recipe. Just need to gather the supplies.

Anyone else out there tried their own laundry recipes?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I have been Missing In Action!

Dear Freinds,

I have been missing for way too long! Hope everyone is doing well. I have been sick with a sinus / lung infection for way too long. I still have it and it is wearing on me. I have had it almost a month.

I am working on a baby quilt that I started months ago. I am hand sewing the binding on today, so it should be done very soon. I will be glad to have that project checked off my "to do" list.

Here is a new picture of all my sweet little grandchildren!