Anyway, to appease my frustration and in the spirit of staying positive, I decided to work on some summer projects. The first is homemade laundry detergent. I've been waiting for my supply to run out so that I could finally try it! I've been interested in this for awhile and have been doing tons of research on it. I finally came up with a recipe I thought would work for me and then I ordered all of my goodies off of Amazon. It's very, very basic.
First off, I used 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Then I grated 1/2 a bar of Fels-Naptha heavy duty laundry bar soap
And I also grated 1/2 a bar of Goat's Milk Soap because I'm obsessed with it! The recipe I found calls for 1 bar grated soap, but I chose to do half of each.
After I grated the bar soap, I poured in the Borax and Washing Soda. The picture is only of half the amount of the Borax and Washing Soda, as I wanted to make sure the grated soap was thoroughly mixed in.
Then, I poured it in one of my old coffee containers to keep it fresh
But the best part of this project is the essential oils sampler kit I bought
These babies are SUPER concentrated so it only take 3-4 drops PER LOAD and man do my clothes smell amazing!!!
A couple of things that are different with this recipe compared to store bought detergent: first of all you only use 1 TBS per load. If your clothes are really dirty, then use 2 but even then its less than half those scoops that come with the detergent. Secondly, the water won't suds up the way commercial brands do BUT that doesn't mean your clothes aren't getting clean! My clothes not only smelled great from the essential oils, but they looked great too!
I bought everything except the goat's milk soap off of Amazon. The essential oils were the most expensive at $23 but they will last me years! Be sure to keep them in a dark place to extend their longevity. I've also been combining the essential oils with a cup of white vinegar for homemade fabric softener. I bought the goat's milk off of Etsy and that was $6. My total cost was $54. The batch I made yields 32 oz. I have no idea how many TBS are in 32 ounces but I know it's a lot :) And I still have tons of the Borax and Washing Soda left. After I make my next batch, which I'm assuming will be in a couple of months, all I will need to buy are the bars of soap. Again, I didn't have to splurge on the Goat's Milk soap but I did.
My next project came as a surprise. I am a DOG LOVER. You probably couldn't tell. I love everything about them and even though I've cleaned up tons of poop and vomit, lost countless shoes, my Ray Bans, and my passport to chew fests, uncovered $28 in Simon's poop in my backyard, I wouldn't trade them for the world. There is just something about a dog's love that is, well, unconditional.
So when I find out about a dog being abused or is suffering, my b*tch switch flips on and I go all Jason Bourne. Last Friday, my good friend Jen and I completed Mission: Boxer Rescue. I found out about this sweet guy from a website I subscribe to and something about his face just broke my heart. Turns out he is an AKC pup and his previous owner was using him for breeding purposes.
I've been working with him, trying to help him regain his confidence and to understand his freedom off of the chain. He is now feeling comfortable in my house and the back yard. The first day I scrubbed him down 4 times to get all of the dirt and grime off of him. The look he gave me when I was scrubbing behind his ears was so sad. You could tell that no one had ever done that. After the bath he was like a magnet to me! Simon was so cute with him. There are 4 steps from my kitchen to the landing to go out the back door. All the dogs ran out but he just stood at the top, looking down and panting. Simon ran back in, nosed him, and then ran back outside. This scenario repeated itself 4 times until finally he followed Simon out the door. He was completely exhausted after this and actually was falling asleep sitting up. Poor fellow!
Tonight he is at the vet getting neutered. It was a production leaving through the front door. He is comfortable with the back door and inside the house, but trying to get him to leave through the front door and to walk down the stone pathway and steps brought him right back to how fearful he was when he was first taken off of the chain.
I can't wait to pick him up tomorrow. It's very easy for me to love on him and to help him. There is something about dogs that just come naturally to me so it is completely joyful for me to be able to help this sweet guy.
My sister came up with a new name for him and I think it is most fitting. It is one that I can already tell he will do justice. So, introducing....