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:)


September 10, 2010


Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , , at 2:27 pm by mottoblasco

I found this blog and LOVE what she is doing. If I could sew I would do this! Maybe I can learn how to sew & then do my own…either way, you go girl!

That is all.

UPDATE:  She was on the Nate Berkus show around day 300!  I knew I was in the company of greatness!

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

Baby spice rack

Posted in Homemade...everything, Mmmmmmm fooooood tagged , , , , at 2:55 pm by mottoblasco

I HATE throwing out tons of baby food jars.  Some I’m keeping to make our own baby food but there are still lots there.  When our tiny kitchen frustrated me because I had spices in 4 places I started looking for expandable spice racks and it hit me…the 10 jars sitting in the window were perfect size.

Super easy, here goes.  I chose to use the 2.5 oz. jars instead of the 4 oz. jars.  Mostly because I couldn’t find magnets strong enough to hold them to the fridge with that much weight.  First clean out the jars & lids.  Dry off or let dry completly(or spices will clump).  Take the paper labels off by soaking in hot water or just put hot water inside the jar.  I recommend both, because this process will help take off alot of the glue from the label as well.  For any remaining glue dab good amount of some sort of oil on it, I had canola.  Leave on for at least 10 minutes, most glue should wipe off.  If it all doesn’t come off just repeat and leave the oil on for several hours.

Once the lids are dry affix a strong magnet (mine are strength 6 out of 10 & stronger would be better) with super strong glue.  I bought both at Hobby Lobby, magnets were 6 for $1.99 & the glue was $3.47.  Let dry completely before use.

Affix a spice label to each jar & fill. You can’t really see the ‘Nature’s Goodness’ on the lid but you could paint them if you want.  Also, I affix the spice label on the sides so that I can enjoy the beautiful varied colors of the spices.

Pics soon!


Posted in Homemade...everything tagged , , at 2:43 pm by mottoblasco

I remember as a kid trying to convince my mom we could fit a recycling bin in our tiny little pantry(that was chock-full of stuff.  I just desperately wanted to do our part.  Fast-forward 20+ years later and we finally made it happen after I discovered there is a recycling program in our area.  Our trash has been cut in 1/2 & since I am beginning to make our laundry cleaners, household cleaners & some toiletries I’m using some items for those.

And I LOVE it because I can tell our 2 & 3 year olds why I rinse out all these things and re-use them/recycle them.  Thanks to Sesame St. new season they understand in a fun way about recycling as well.

Not to mention my awesome new spice rack made from baby food jars!  Check out that post 🙂