About Old West's Farms & the Animals

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been asked for my recipe for homemade soap several times ... So, here it is:
First all I like my clothes to "smell" nice so I have recently added some smell good laundry stuff.  Previously, I would add essential oils and yet it still didn't smell as good as I would like. All supplies can be purchased at good ole' Walmart.
So here we go:

Total time to make: Less than 20 minutes - The longest part is grating or peeling the soap.
(If you have a loving husband...hehehe get him to do this part for you)

1 bar of soap - I use Fels-Naptha
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda (not baking soda) Washing Soda - $3.24
3/4 cup of Baking Soda - $2.12
1/4 cup smell good like Purex Crystal - $4.76

* Grate bar of soap - Freeze it for 30 minutes or so and it will make it easy to grate.
I actually use a vegetable peeler because I find it a little easier.

 Then I put the grated soap & the rest of the ingredients in my food processor or a blender.

VOILA awesome homemade laundry detergent for about .08 cents a load. 

This makes about 3 cups of detergent and I always double the recipe. This will make a lot of laundry soap for about what it would cost for one large box of Gain.

BTW, you only need about 3 tablespoons of this - The stuff is seriously awesome.

If you have dirty little creatures running about you may want to use 4 tablespoons. :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Who needs the gym :O

I have discovered an EXCELLENT work out called "Catch the baby Goats": It includes, running, jumping, squats, lunges, dive rolls, yelling, and jumping over tables, At the end of 35 minutes you will be sweating, huffing and puffing, your heart rate will be up AND hopefully you will have 3 baby goats in the back of your car :D

>/ Oh the joys ... they are really cute and the people at the vets office just LOVED them.

OK, so I have goats ... made mistakes with goats ... lots of them ... And this is AFTER I researched owning them for 4 months before buying any.

So if you are interested in goats, ask me ... I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made.
Or if your stuborn ... hehe  learn on your own :D

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cold, Windy, BLUSTERY

It is days and night like these that I am wondering WHY I ever began this whole homesteading adventure. SIGH ...

Let me sum it up for you:
Goat pregnant, due any time, prolapsed uterus, must watch... Did I mention it's COLD - So I sit in her stall, bundled up, waiting for the blessed event. It doesn't come - get up at 3 to check on her, bundle up, no kid. Next morning, bundle up, feed animals, still no kid. During the day, bundle up go check on her no kid. And this routine continued for 3 nights.

NO I DIDN'T PLAN ON HER KIDDING IN DECEMBER - It was a buck break in - OK, well 2 broke in so now I have to have a DNA test run.

Did I mention I had 3 doelings hit the ground (buck break-in) 2 weeks ago, so I ran out and bought them all little sweaters.

OH, has she had the kid(s) you ask... NOOOO at least not when I left for work this am.