Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Homemade Shower Cleaner

Hello, lovely friends.
I found this wonderful shower cleaner recipe through Pinterest from the Food.com website. 
 I've been using it for a few weeks now to make sure that it actually works. I absolutely love it! 

Homemade shower cleaner recipe ~

Warm 12 oz. of vinegar in the microwave (I did it for only a minute). Pour into spray bottle.

Add 12 oz. Dawn original liquid dish soap. 

Seal the cover and shake gently.

That's it! Super easy, super cheap.

My shower just shines now! Shake the bottle before every use. I find that a little goes a long way. It really does cut the soap scum build up. There is a vinegar smell to it, but the dawn soap is so strong it's really not bad at all. I also love the bright blue color because you can't miss any spots in the shower when rinsing. 

Try it out, you'll love it!


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The Shabby Nest

Monday, May 21, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

Hello, lovely friends!

I have been making my own laundry soap for over three years now. I started making it for a few reasons. I have very sensitive skin and I was tired of all the reactions that I was having to dyes and perfumes. The more research that I did, the scarier it got when I realized all the unnatural stuff that's in laundry soap. When I was given my original laundry soap recipe, I was surprised how easy it was to make. Also, I could save a lot of money and it was nice to know for sure what all the ingredients were! It seemed like a win win...and it is! 
Here are my two homemade laundry soap recipes ~

Dry Homemade Laundry Soap ~

4 lbs. Borax 
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
4 lbs Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (I used Meijer brand)
3 Bars Fels-Naptha soap
(You can also use Kirk's Castile soap, I have never tried it myself though)

Grate 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, I use an old cheese grater.

The consistency of the soap has always been very dry for me. The lighter looking flakes are how the soap has looked all these years of making laundry soap. The brighter flakes that look more like cheese was a new experience for me. The second and third bars that I grated were much softer, brighter, and grated much faster than I'd ever experienced before. I'm not sure why there was a difference this time. Really, it works either way. 

Pour the Borax, the Super Washing Soda and the Baking Soda in a tub large enough to mix everything in. Add the soap flakes and stir until everything is mixed really well. There will be powder flying everywhere! It's a lovely scent but it does make a mess. Honestly making the liquid detergent is a completely different experience for this reason alone.

About the two boxes of super washing soda pictured, the recipe calls for 4 lbs., but the box is only a 3 lb. box. I had an old box left over from my last batch and just used the rest of it for this batch.

I put my soap in some pretty jars to brighten up my unsightly little laundry closet. I would put it in pretty jars if I had a beautiful laundry room though... 

There's even more of the soap in the Borax box. This recipe makes a ton!

Use 2 (heaping) Tbs. per load. I just fill my pretty little 1/4 cup measuring tea cup half full.

Source ~
I found this recipe on The Sugar Pie Farmhouse blog and Aunt Ruthie found it through The Beehive Cottage blog. I'm linking to both posts here because both blogs are so cute and each post was done so beautifully and creatively. The only difference from my old recipe is the use of baking soda and the fact that it's a dry recipe.

Liquid Homemade Laundry Soap ~
(from cousin Sarah)

(I took this picture at our old apartment quite a long time ago)

3/4 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
1/2 bar Fels-Naptha soap

Grate soap in a big pot. Add 6 cups water and put over medium low heat for 30-35 minutes until the soap is dissolved. Now, this is where it's a completely different experience from the dry recipe; the wonderful smell of the soap fills your entire home with the most pleasant and clean aroma, it's amazing! It smells like the whole place has been cleaned from top to bottom. I just love it!

After the soap has melted, add Borax and the A&H super wash soda and stir until dissolved (about 2 minutes). You can add fragrance here. I have never done this, but it's how the recipe was given to me, so I thought that I should pass that along. Put 4 cups hot water in a 3 gallon container; then add the soap mixture and stir. Add 1 1/2 gallons cold water, stir and you're all set. It will gel up as it sits. Use 1/2 to 3/4 cup per load.

This is what your laundry soap will look like. 
I divide the laundry soap up into about 5 or 6 Gold Peak iced tea containers. I also used two apple cider gallon containers for the cold water part of the recipe. Never use old milk containers. They can hold bacteria so it's just not a good idea!
The mixture is pretty thick but it separates a lot. I use a funnel to pour the liquid into my containers, otherwise it makes a huge mess all over your counters. I would often shake the bottles to get everything back to the right consistency before adding to the wash.

Please let me know if you decide to make your own laundry soap! I would love to hear about it and if you like it or not. If you try both and like one over the other I would love to hear about that too!

I also want to say that the soap does not suds up and your laundry does not smell like detergent after cleaning. I'm so used to scent free everything that I don't even think about it anymore. Just a little warning, this recipe may not be for everyone. 

I hope you enjoy making your own natural homemade laundry soap!


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Ivy and Elephants


Liz Marie Blog

The Shabby Nest

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

Fine Craft Guild

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Our Wedding ~

Hello, lovely friends!

Today we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary! 
I thought that I would share some photos from our wedding day in celebration ~

May 19th, 2007

The Wedding Party 

The Bridesmaids ~

M'Kyleigh, Amanda, Bethanie, Angie, & Amber

Flower girl ~ Alex

Maid of Honor ~ My sister Bethanie

The handsome groom ~ Nate

The Groomsmen ~

Scott, Nick, Adam, Nathan, & Phil

The Dress 

My dress was taffeta. When I first saw the dress I fell in love with all of the pick~ups decorating the skirt. I think it had such an elegant design! I had the cap sleeves made out of the wrap that came with my dress. They felt a little more timeless than the strapless dresses everyone wears now. 

I also loved the button design down the back, It made the dress look a little more vintage and old fashioned 

The champagne color became a theme throughout the whole wedding once I bought my dress with this sash.

Broaches really started getting big at the time

I just love how my hair turned out!

The Style 

I always refer to my wedding as shabby chic country. We were married in a very simple church and had our reception at a park. 

Galvanized buckets full of hydrangeas were another theme throughout. 

I love the rose buds in butter dishes.

Champagne ribbon on the programs

The wedding invitations too

My father~in~law and my husband actually tied most of the bows on the programs and invitations. Such talented men!

Left over roses and hydrangeas saved for the cake

My bouquet of champagne roses and blue delphiniums

The Wedding 

Dad walking me down the aisle

I still adore just looking at their dresses!

Such a cutie pie!

The exchange of vows

The kiss!

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Asper

Family photos

My family

Nate's family

The Reception

My dad escorting my niece Isabel into the reception

Being presented for the second time as Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Asper

(Yes, that's a Mountain Dew in my husband's hand)

We actually stopped at a gas station on the way to the reception. I did not go in, I guess the lady at the register thought my husband was crazy, and he is...The guys loved it though!

I sigh whenever I see all the beautiful wedding pictures on Pinterest and I wish it had existed at the time. I could have done some amazing things with the head table and the fireplace!

My Mom

My Grandpa

My Grandma and my Dad


Our beautiful wedding cake ~ it was just delicious!

Cutting the cake

Smashing the cake!

Nate insisted on smashing the cake. It was one of his few requests. Turns out it's lots of fun, I don't regret it at all!

The happiest day of my life ~ 

From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter, 
And my arms will be
your home.

~ Anonymous

With love,