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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Homemade Detergent

Thanks to Pinterest several of the moms in my Playgroup have made their own laundry soap. Ever since then they have been raving about it.

I wanted to try it for myself, but alas, one of the main ingredients is not available in Canada. Every recipe that I could find online called for Fels Naptha brand laundry bar soap. After much searching I found that you can also use Sunlight bar soap, which is available in Canada, but I could not find any information on whether it was safe to use on cloth diapers,

So I ordered some online and had it delivered to my brother's house. They were coming for a visit and were able to bring it to me.

So here are the ingredients: Borax, washing soda, and Fels Naptha soap.




I grated one bar of soap:



One of my mom friends then puts it into her food processor to break it down into smaller pieces. You could also use a blender or a Magic Bullet.

To the grated soap I added 1 cup each of washing soda and Borax. You can also add baking soda, but I am out.

Here it is:




It kind of looks like grated cheddar in flour - smells better though.

But does it work? My first test was a cloth diaper load. With only a tablespoon of my detergent, they came out clean, white, and fresh. So I guess it works!




As for cost savings, you won't really see any on the first or second batch. But the good news is that my boxes of Borax and washing soda are still nearly full. It will be a very long time before they run out.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

* Warning * Gross Photos Posted

On Monday when I picked Nathan up from his dayhome I noticed a few red marks on his leg. I asked his caregiver (who also happens to be a licensed nurse) if they were bug bites or an allergy. She had a look a said "definitely bug bites".

Fast forward to that night. The house was extremely hot and Nathan was cranky and not sleeping. Around 2 am I brought him to the basement to watch some t.v. and to cool down. I noticed that he was scratching his other leg My thought went to: bed bug bites (thank you mainstream news) or chicken pox (but he was vaccinated).

By morning his legs were worse and he and I were supposed to fly out to visit my parents. Hoping that I was overreacting we left anyway. On the plane his spots spread. Now there were several on his feet and some on his arms.

When we arrived we went to a medical clinic. Other than the spots starting on his extremities instead of his torso, the doctor said that it sure looked liked the chicken pox. In fact, they had seen several cases recently of vaccinated kids getting the chicken pox.

So we're on vacation at my parents and stuck at home. At least it's air conditioned!

In case you are need of a good scratch:







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