Saturday, June 20, 2009

Making your own Dishwasher Detergent...can you say save money?

Well.....I have been busy concocting aqnd I think I might have this as perfect as it is gonna get...Many trials have put a nasty film on my glasses, food did not come off, and well.....5o trys later (that is an exaggeration!) I am so close...I think this is a keeper :)

so without further is the recipe....

Dishwasher Detergent

In a plastic container with a firmly fitting lid, mix:
1 cup borax (20-Mule-Team Borax, available in any supermarket)
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup pickling salt (don't use regular, it does not work the same, use pickling or kosher)
1/2 cup lemishine( I found this at Publix, there is a picture for you to see what it is below. If you cannot find it, citric acid will work also...but this works better..... )
1 cup cascade (I will add 1 1/2 cups maybe next time) (I used Cascade regular, may try Cascade Complete when this box runs out)

put all of it in the container, shake it up.

To use, put 2 tablespoons into one of the cups of your dishwasher. I use the regular or water saver cycle thus saving even more money.

On average, it looks like this is about 11 cents a load compared with Cascade (regular) at 28 cents a load. Or Cascade complete at 40 cents a load!

enjoy! let me know how it works for you!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Homemade Laundry Soap and Fabric Softener...can you say..ahhhhh...that smells good.......

The past few days I have tried my hand at some home- making skills and I must say, I am very happy how they turned out! My kitchen and garage have smelled so a field of lavender.....soooo nice!

I was very pleased with the results and actually really enjoyed doing laundry today! I would scoop at the gloppy mess and just smile with glee :)

The process was fun and didn't take long at all, especially with some help with the grating and stirring ~smile~ the recipes are below and pictures to give you an idea of what is involved..
The recipes were a combination of friends, internet and my own tweaking (Thanks lena and Kim!) so, feel free to change it if you need to....

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Just an fyi...I wanted laundry detergent that smells good and works....I was given a few recipes and found some online....I combined them to make the one that I if you would like fragrance, do it the way I did, if you like less, use less essential oil...the scent is still very light though......but I like smell...~smile~

Homemade Laundry Detergent

2 Bars soap or other soap(I added 3, 2 lavendar, 1 dove, next time I will add 3 yardley of london lavendar-you can get this at walgreens)

2 cup washing soda-NOT BAKING SODA(I added 3 cups)This was bought at publix

2 cup borax(I added 3 cups)this was cheaper at Walmart

5 gallon bucket (you might have one laying around, but I bought one form Lowes..they have them at Walmart also)

essential oil (I used 1/4 a bottle of lavendar)


Grate the soap in a saucepan(we used a vegetable peeler)

Add 8 cups water and heat til it melts.This will be a low boil...or a simmer....

Add the Washing Soda and the Borax and stir til dissolved. Remove from heat

Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket

Add soap mixture and stir

Add 3 gallons water

Let sit for 24 hours....It will start to gel, and be a runny gel texture when done.

I use 2 scoops per large/xlarge load. You can use 1/2 that, but I like to use more.

Notes....I found essential oil online for 3.98 for .5 oz shipping would be 3.99, I believe if you buy more, the shipping will be less. In the Health food store, lavender oil is about $10.00 to $12.00 a bottle. This place has many scents, they have downy scents too, like lavendar vanilla :) here is the link-

Smoky Mountain Fragrances

Cost to make 5 gallons of Laundry soap

1/4 bottle of lavendar essential oil 2.50
3 cups borax 1.00
washing soda 2.00
3 bars soap 4.00

total 9.50

640 oz. (8 cents an oz.) loads price
3 scoops(24 oz.) 26 37 cents a load
2 scoop (16 oz) 40 24 cents a load
1 scoop (8 oz.) 80 16 cents a load


Liquid Tide 12.99 (26 cents an oz.) 50 ounces in a bottle
One load is usually 3-4 oz. .78-1.04 a load
I use 6-8 oz. 1.50 to 2.00 a load yikes!!!

I think it will save quite a bit of money for us!!

Homemade Fabric Softener

1 cup baking soda (very large box at walmart with the laundry stuff (NOT WASHING SODA)
6 cups distilled white vinegar (also got at Walmart)
8 cups water
1/4 bottle of lavendar essential oil, or any kind you like (optional) I will use a 1/2 next time)
1 Gallon Container


First add the baking soda to the plastic container

Next add 1 cup of water to start with, shake several times to try and mix together

Slowly add the vinegar, 2 cups at a time, to the bottle as the vinegar and baking soda will start to fizz

Shake after each addition of water, venting the top a few times

Last add the essential oil, let sit about 10 minutes and shake every so often for the next couple hours to get the baking soda mixed in

Add 1 cup in your final rinse cycle for each load but give the bottle a good shake to stir up the essential oil if using


Notes.....This smells so good and made my clothes really soft. I did not do a price comparison, but the vinegar was 2.00 for a gallon, and this did 3 batches, Baking soda, 2.79 I think, it has 4 lbs, so oyu will get a lot of softener out of that! Your greatest expense will be the essential oil, please see my other post for a link to get it cheaper online......)

Have fun and let me know how you like it!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Some creative evenings....uber wierd stuff happens....and then it somehow becomes a decoration....making it the hard way? priceless.......

The Neu girls and guy have been uber creative lately and we thought a peek into some of that creativity might inspire you to do some "hard way" projects! This is creativity as we know it...and a little birthday stuff in there too :)

This collage is my birthday collage: birthday appetizer at one place...dinner at another, shopping in a boutique with wierd books and sunglasses, stealing ideas oops borrowing ideas from Pier One....This picture hanger will be up on my wall in no time! It was too cute!...then having coffee and cheesecake somewhere else....We also hung out in bed, bath and beyond...where some of us had massages, others found a great stainless steel utensil holder for 3.00... why was it 3.00? It simply stated "dirty", so I save 17.00 because someone did not want to clean! All in all it was a fun night and great memories were built and bad books were browsed through...ideas were formed... and....I still had so much fun! :)

Next up is the Chalkboard!

This became a family project when I could not get the paint to co-operate and Joe had to come out and save me by sanding it all down..I had painted the frame and glazed it, and he did the rest...I called it my project, but that is so not true....Joe really helped the most..He did an outstanding job and it is just what I wanted!. The back was an old piece of beadboard flipped over. The sides were molding strips form Lowes cut into a frame, chalkboard paint was brushed on, then sanded, then brushed on, then sanded again, then put together and hung by mr. wonderful himself! It came out so much nicer than I thought! Now I need some ideas for quotes to write because I want to change it everyday!

Well..there you have it....creativity is abounding over here..we will have to show you our bathroom next..working on that right now and our copycat spare bedroom from a catalog with all used furniture and trashy junk pieces we pulled out of the what some spray paint will do....... Thats up next!

until then....The junk mother signing off...... :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Boutique for a Week is back and you DONT want to miss it!!!!

Do you have children's clothing that is in good condition that you want to get better than yardsale prices for? Then Boutique for a week is for you! I did this sale in October and I was so excited! I cannot tell you what a blessing it was and how many things I sold and neat things I bought! You're missing out if you let this one slip by!!!

here is the info...... check it out!!!

Upcoming Sale:February 23-27

Wintergarden, FL (about an hour for those going from Titusville)

check them out here:

Registration is now open if you want to sell items...

Visit them today so you can:

  • Register....

  • Volunteer...(so fun!)

  • Get the latest info on the upcoming sale....

**If you are pregnant, adopting or a foster mom, register online to shop early!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A 16th Birthday Ball for a Princess......

It was a beautiful night, twinkling lights, pretty girls were all dressed up dancing, dancing, dancing.....It was Libby's birthday wish...a ball in our backyard....They braved the cold, one and all, family and friends and came ready for a night of food, dancing, fun and a country ball!
Kricket and Lara came and played live was beautiful...oh if everyone could have heard....and Lisa came to call the dances to make our girl's night so special...which it did...Thank-you ladies!.....Their servant hearts touched ours as we now relive the night through our pictures and Mrs. Bennet says "God has been very good indeed....

We started off the night with food and some dancing...then let the musicians and caller get a break away form the cold and their numb fingers and faces..... we played a pride and prejudice "do you know that line game"...and "how well do you know Libby" game...We had a ton of laughs and I could scarcely take it all in....It was so beautiful...exactly what we would want for our beautiful girl turning 16......a step back in time for a simplistic way of life...even if for just one night, we stepped back in was well worth all the effort, all the nights stringing lights, all the days making food, all the trips ot the store to buy another thing forgotten. The thought of the 16th birthday gift...Grandma's wedding ring restored, an heirloom....the prayers made for that night and every day of her life...the tears of grateful parents, the well wishes of family and friends, the joy of the Lord evident in every day we have her....yes, God has been very good to us.....indeed.....~smile~

The festivities are over and the next year is coming, but we have the memory of time well only turn 16 once and thoughts filled our minds......Are we preparing her for life away from home...have we prayed enough? taught enough? cared enough? loved enough? said it enough? will she leave with what she needs to brave this world?....well..that we don't know..but we do know that God is faithful to finish what he starts and Libby, God isn't finished with you yet and I for one love the process! Your daddy and I have enjoyed every minute of your growth...Thank-you God for the tremendous blessing of allowing us to raise Elizabeth Faith Neu..Thank-you for allowing her to be a young woman that follows after you...We are the ones that got the best gift that!!...Happy Birthday Libby...we love you!!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

stepping out of my box into a frame?

I had some creative juices flowing and I saw this picture in Pottery Barn that I had cut out years ago....I thought...hey, I can do that, so several trips to the thrift store and Lowes for molding and spray paint..I saw my wall come to life.... and I felt a little framey....and was fun and it's different... and I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new for the new year...

School is back in swing, resolutions are being made and broke and made again...and it is wonderful that our comfort comes from knowing that God is for us and when are in our weakest state, He is strong..... What comfort to know that I can put my hope and trust in CHRIST ALONE!!

I am looking forward to a year of falling in love with my savior! Happiest of years to you dear friends and may God meet us at every turn and keep our hearts and minds focused on Him....

Have a wonderful week :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Sweet 16 Libs! Your mom loves you!!

My Dearest sweetest Libby,

One of the greatest honors of my lifetime is being your mom. Who would have known that 22 years ago, the doctors would have told me that I had a 2% chance of ever having a baby.... 6 years before you born, your daddy and I tried and tried, prayed and prayed, but no answer came from God.... not for 6 long years....But we had faith...we believed that God would answer our prayers...and He did....Elizabeth Faith Neu was born to 2 of the happiest people on this earth 16 years ago.... I think of all the days in my life, giving birth to you was one of the most memorable. I remember asking your daddy if you really came out of me! I could not believe that God had really answered our prayers! Tears still come to my eyes when I remember God's kindness to us on that day and every day since then ......

Your name means consecrated to God and I can attest as your mother that I have seen this walked out in your life. Libby, you are the greatest example I know of a godly woman. I don't think I will ever stop learning from you. I want to take some time to honor you tonite....

You excel at all these areas: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, gentleness and self control. All of these areas are walked out in your daily life. You are so kind, quick to forgive, always believing the best about others, quick to bring your sin to God every morning, you take great joy in your relationships, you are very self controlled, always striving to be more godly....You honor your father and are such an encouragement....always telling us things that we do right....I often think - I wish I could be more like you! You Libby, are my hero!

I love it when you seek me out to share a struggle that you are having. You so want to please God in your thoughts and actions....You will never know how much I admire you and am so humbled to be your mother...I know that there is no credit to be had...You are a true gift from God....One that I know I could never deserve...but that I am extremely grateful for.....

Thank-you for your diligence to be a godly young woman, for your desire to be a blessing to your parents, for your sweet spirit to be a peacemaker, for your humility to share your sin and confess it quickly, for your humility in all areas of yor life...for denying your flesh when, at your age, self wants to rule...Thank-you for fighting for righteousness..

I love you and am soooooo grateful that God blessed me and your daddy 16 years ago and gave us you! Happy Birthday sweet Libby Lu!


your mommy.....