Homemade Laundry Detergent UPDATE

My Laundry Detergent Kit

I want to share a tip to help folks save money if you have been paying shipping to get your homemade laundry detergent ingredients online to make your own laundy detergent. I use the fels-naptha, borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda pesonally.


I recently found out that if you go online to www.acehardware.com (or check first with your local Ace Hardware to see if they have the items in stock) the 3 ingredients can be shipped to your local Ace Hardware store at no shipping cost to you. You can buy the soap by the box at a much lower price than it is at the store we usually use online. Alternately, if there is no Ace Hardware in your area, just do a search for distributors of Fels Naptha soap and then either go to their website, or contact them and see if they will offer the same deal to their customers as Ace Hardware.

Also because you are getting your borax and washing soda there, the savings in shipping alone is HUGE. I personally use the following recipe:

1 cup grated fels naptha soap (equals 1 bar)

1/2 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (MAKE SURE IT IS WASHING SODA!)

1/2 cup Borax

Mix the three ingredients in these ratios…can make larger batch if needed. Store in airtight container and use 2 tablespoons for light loads, 3 tablespoons for heavy loads.

Tip: I saved an Oxyclean tub/scoop to store mine in and I bought a small farberware grater that I keep in a box with the three ingredients. It is designated just for grating my laundry soap. I usually make 2 batches at a time.

UPDATE:  I now designate a food processor for this chore and it takes 5 minutes or less…first I use the smaller grater and grate my soap with the food processor, then I pour it into a bowl and change to the large blade in the food processor and I pour the grated soap back into the food processor and I chop it into a powder.  Then I add the other two ingredients and blend with the large blade and pour all of it into my airtight container.  SO QUICK THIS WAY!


From West Virginia to Georgia AGAIN


I want to share a bargain: Prescription eyeglasses…I purchased online for $32, shipped to my door! I can see clearly for the first time in over a year! I am so amazed at the quality! I had read a blog on homestead a few months ago that first suggested this option, but I could not find it, so I just googled the idea and I found www.eyebuydirect.com. Here are my glasses:


A neighbor moved out and sold us a used washer and dryer for a very low price! My new friend and I were both so happy because although she was glad to let me do my laundry at her house, I kept having the weak spells and twice she sent me home and had to bring our laundry over to us after it dried because I was unable to do it. SO now that it is in our apartment, there is no need to lift heavy bags or drag them several yards anymore!!! Just the night before, I had prayed God would make a way for us to get a used one somehow…I knew our budget was tight, so when I found out about the offer, I got out the calculator and started figuring…we had just enough extra over our budget to cover it! My hubby immediately said “I’ll stop by the bank on the way home…tell them we’ll take it”…the lady’s father was there with a dolly, so he brought them over and put them in the utility room for me, too! JUST ONE BLESSING AFTER ANOTHER!!!

I have actually given my new friend one piano lesson. We had SO MUCH FUN! As I said before, we both have fibromyalgia, so we were exhausted and will just have to learn to pace ourselves. She has taken lessons before, so we are specifically working on chords. I could tell she has a good ear for music and will be a very good student. I look forward to the challenge. I am amazed at how God works through our friends. Every time one of us is having a bad day, the other calls at just the right time and we both end up feeling better. It has done wonders for both of us stresswise. My hubby has told me several times that he is so glad I met my new neighbor. I was not able to go to church with her because it was another bad day for me, but I hope to be able to soon! She says the church is really great and she thinks I will like it. She is definitely Godsent! I thank the Lord for all the friends He has given me!


SADLY, my hubby told me today that he will not get to take the week off to go home (to GA) with me next week to my doctor visits for my test results. HAPPILY, I will still be able to go…Fortunately my wonderful middle sister and mother are going to come up saturday, spend the night, and bring me home sunday…so I will not miss my appointments. I just am not sure at this point what my plans will be after that. We have discussed getting my rheumatologist’s advice on scheduling the surgery with the podiatrist for my left ankle/foot (total reconstruction and put back together w/rods/pins/screws/bolts)…or if he thinks fibromyalgia too severe…BUT this is all contingent still on test results…MRI, ECHOCARDIOGRAM, holtor monitor…my cardio dr expects everything will be fine with my heart, he just thinks my BP is too low and dropping even lower at times…neurologist had ordered all the tests as a result of my visit w/him b/c of the weak spells and migraines. The meds he gave me for migraine prevention are working GREAT. I am AMAZED. It is the first time in YEARS I have gone an entire two weeks without a headache. I am so thankful he was able to help me. That should bring you up to date on medical issues for those who wanted to know. I won’t know anything more till the end of next week.

The main dr visits are wed and thurs, so if you’d like to pray for me, those are the days I will be talking about all this to the drs.

God bless you!


Pool, salsa, apple butter AND health update…

WOW! I just realized I have not blogged in quite awhile! It is not like me to not have anything to talk about! I will have to be quick because it is about to come a storm here!!!

It has been very busy at my house this week. My parents have come out to help me set up my NEW ABOVE-GROUND POOL! My rheumatologist had told me that water aerobics would be VERY good for me because my fibromyalgia is so severe. SO my sisters, brother in laws and my parents all went in together and are paying for half the cost of the pool as my birthday present this year! I KNOW, I was shocked, too! They told me that they just want to see me get better, so that is why they are all being so extra-generous this year. I found an Intex metal frame pool on walmart.com on clearance. It is 24 ft diameter round pool and 52 inches high. I figured this depth would be perfect for water aerobics…plus it is plenty big for family and friends to enjoy, too!

My dad should get to take the first dip because he has worked SO HARD this week. He brought up his tiller and had to level the ground for it. The slope was about a foot different from one side to the other, so he has been here for 3 days getting it all straightened out!

I also found the above “wedding cake pool steps” on craigslist.com for $100! The family selling them lived only about 2 or 3 miles from my parents! This was a real bargain and I am SO GRATEFUL as they will be MUCH safer than the tall ladder you saw in the first picture. My father is building some sturdy steps and a platform for me on the outside for safety. My balance is not too great, plus these steps will be useful for water aerobics.

The above pic is salsa and apple butter…YUMMY!!!

My parents brought along several ripe tomatoes from their garden and my mother and I planned to make salsa. This week has been really rough for me fatigue-wise, pain-wise and migraine-wise, so she surprised me and made all the salsa by herself while I was either asleep or outside w/my father. I have REALLY BEEN SPOILED THIS WEEK!

Above is one of my FAVORITE kitchen gadgets, an apple peeler-corer-slicer. I purchased mine at Linens-n-Things a couple years ago. This one suctions to the table top, but I have also used one with a C-clamp attachment…GREAT PRODUCT!

My middle sister Lavonda had come over last saturday and I had the privilege of showing her how to use the apple peeler/corer/slicer gadget. We made some apple butter. I still had a bucket of apples in the house that we had picked, so I got to teach my mother how to use this gadget and we made MORE APPLE BUTTER!!! I STILL HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF APPLES, so I suspect I will get to teach a few more folks how to do this soon! LOL


I had my 3 month check up appointment yesterday with my rheumatologist. He did a bone density test and verified that my bones are significantly thinning. He said for my age (I will be 35 this month) I should be at my prime bone mass, but instead I’m at a low bone mass. I am still classified as osteopenia, but he said that is not good at my age. He said to take two Caltrate 600-D a day for a year, then repeat test and if no improvement, then he will put me on some prescriptions for this…I have to take steroid shots for asthma 3 or 4 times a year, plus I had a hysterectomy a few years ago, so I am not really surprised at these results, just hopeful he can do something to keep my bones from getting brittle. He also suggested I ask my internist to send me to a neurologist and a podiatrist for some other issues that have been going on for years. He said I have tested positive 3 times for lupus on the general bloodwork they do (last time was a low positive, but still in positive range) so he drew more blood during my visit to test more specifically for lupus. I have also been getting migraines every single day as well as continuing to have the weak/dizzy/spells once or twice a day now, lasting about 30 minutes each time…this is why he wants me to go to the neurologist.

Thank you for your continued prayers. I hope you find my blogs much more positive than negative. I blog as a creative outlet, plus I LOVE to entertain others and make them feel good. AT THE SAME TIME, I have learned that MANY are affected by fibromyalgia, so I blog about my health issues to get the word out about FM and to help family members who worry about their loved ones with this disease and to make them aware of the true symptoms and what they can do to help them.

I feel truly blessed to have discovered all my new friends here and I LOVE reading your blogs every day as well!