June 15, 2013

Homemade Exchange

Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , , , at 10:10 am by mottoblasco

So my husband and I talked one day about trying a bunch of different homemade products, but since I am a SAHM of 5 kids, 2 of which are being Homeschooled I don’t have much free time on my hands.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a party where we could try a lot of different products.  The Homemade Exchange was born!


I emailed all the ladies I thought would be interested in being envolved and a few weeks later the day came.  There ended up being 11 participants(only 1 couldn’t come but was still able to contribute & benefit from it all) & 12 products 🙂

I will try to post links to give credit where credit is due as most of us got our ‘recipes’ from the www known to most of us as Pinterest 🙂


Dishwasher detergent, Tub/shower cleanerToothpaste, Hand soap


Lotion, Lip balm, Powdered Laundry Detergent, All-purpose Healing Salve(forgot to add this to the picture)



Gel Air Fresheners

Deodorizing discs


Liquid Laundry Detergent

(not pictured…oops:)


April 27, 2013

Homemade dishwasher tablets THAT WORK!

Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , at 5:49 pm by mottoblasco

Finally on my 5th attempt at a recipe for dishwashing detergent I found one that works!  Follow her instructions exactly and you will get great results.  I have 5 kids,  and hate chemicals that are in so many things.  Combine that with the fact that we are a family of 7 living on 1 income I have to be frugal/thrifty/cheap…call it what you may.  I found this thru Pinterest (thank you to the inventor of Pinterest!) and tried it.

A few notes:

~I have a baby and the nipples don’t get that greasy, white stuff on them nearly so bad.

~Make sure that your ice cube tray makes tabs that fit in the dishwasher…mine don’t 😦  I gotta cut it in half each time I wash a load.

~You NEED to top the tab w/ a little Dawn(like Jillee says to do) 🙂

~You NEED the vinegar in the wash too.  Pour it over the top or put it in a cup, just make sure it’s in there!(like Jillee says to do) 🙂

Homemade dishwasher tabs


P.S . I am loving her blog now!  I’ve found several homemade ‘recipes’ for things that I will be trying very soon!

August 7, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , , , at 10:39 pm by mottoblasco

Here is the detergent recipe I’ve been using for about 5 months.  It was given to me by Kyla Leiboult and I’m not sure where she got it.  We love it & works just as good as Tide & at a fraction of the cost!  We just keep our old detergent or milk jugs an re-use them.

*Kyla’s Detergent

1 bar Fels-Naptha (or Castile)

4 c. hot water + 5 gallons hot water

1 c washing soda

½-1 cup borax

4 tbsp glycerin  or 1 cup baking soda

Shred soap finely w/ grater.  Dissolve in pan w/ 4 c. water over med-low heat

Fill 5 gallon bucket w/ 2.5 gallons hot tap water.  Add soap mixture & stir.

Add slowly washing soda & Borax.  Stir until powder is dissolved

Once dissolved add glycerin/baking soda & stir.

Add remaining 2.5 gallons hot water & stir till combined.

Let sit in bucket until room temp or fill jugs & keep lids off until cooled.

Soap will be a gel-goopy consistency.  Use ¼ c. top loader/ 1/8 c. front loader

~~Cheaper to use baking soda(50C a box) vs. glycerin($4.99 bottle)~~

UPDATED: My first batch(using Fels-Naptha) of this was great, took out stains, kept things fresh.  The 2nd batch(made with Castile) wasn’t so great.  Treated stains weren’t coming out & clothes didn’t smell fresh for as long.  My 2 cents, use Fels-Naptha.

August 3, 2010

Homemade making party

Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , at 2:35 pm by mottoblasco

I’ve had several ladies asking how to make this & that, since in my ventures to be ECO conscious & frugal I have learned alot. So, in true hostess form I invited them all over. Granted some couldn’t make it & we’re hoping to have a 2nd party soon…but it was good. We made Laundry Detergent, Fabric softener, All-purpose cleaner/’Febreeze’, Carpet/Diaper pail Deodorizer & Hand soap. Don’t worry, I’ll post all of the recipes we’ve used soon.

One that I will put here is the super-easy All-purpose cleaner: Put 50/50 Vinegar/Water mix…say 1 c. each. One recipe I found called for 4 tbsp of lemon juice, some of us picked it some didn’t. Add essential oils (of your choice) but here’s what I’ve found out about some oils:
Lavender oil = antimicrobial, soothing
Eucalyptus oil = removes grease
Tea tree oil = antifungal/antibacterial/antiviral
Just put it into a spray bottle(I used a rinsed out Windex bottle) an shake it up.  Works great & is safe enough for daily use.