Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homemade laundry detergent

So I have been seeing all these sites for do it your self cleaning stuff.  So I've made and been using a do it yourself dishwashing detergent for our dishwashing machine and it works really great when it's put in properly. So I've been kicking around the idea of making up a laundry detergent and I did it today in the picture there is what it looks like that put my first load in it's finished in the wash cycle I switched over to the dryer it actually really smells great so crossing my fingers everything looks really clean

These are the fallowing recpies I came up with from looking at all the ones out there I mix and mashed them into something that works great for me.

Dishwashing Machine Mix
  • 1cup Borax (people this isnt the poison, its the detergent thats already in most of your house hold cleaners, you should be able to find it in the asile with the laundry or dish soap I used 20  Mule team Borax from Wal-Mart ~3.89)
  • 1cup Super washing Soda (not baking soda, again its found in the cleaning asile with the soap and detergent should be next to the borax, again walmart for about ~3.98)
  • 1cup Lemi-shine  -for warning this stuff smells like CONCENTRATED lemon its strong and a bit overwelming it can be found with the rinse aids
  •  1/2 cup Kosher salt (make sure its Kosher can find it in the baking aisle it really helps the scrubbing processe)
  • 1/4cup white vinegar PER WASH
Mix all the dry ingredients together and use 1 to 2 table spoons per wash depending on how dirty your dishes are, and make sure to add 1/4 cup white vinegar in the bottom of the machine with the load it makes all the difference.   After I washed the first load of dishes my husband (greates husband in the world he unloads the dishes and puts them away for me) even commented on how clean the glass ware looked compared to the 'Finish and Cascade' tabs we had been using.  His words where 'Oh it got the cups clean." You know instead of leaving them foggy or opec.  Oh and a after thought, try to get a air tight jar to keep it in or it will get hard, mine got hard when I left it in an old plastic PB jar I recycled.  It still works great I just have to go at it ever week or so and hack up the top layer with a fork to make it scoopable.

Laundry Detergent Mix
  • 1 bar Fels Napa (I used my black and decker food processor to grate it then threw the prossesing blade on and tossed in some of the SWS to grind it up, it will get down to small pellets about the size of the crystls from the purex this is perfictly safe as its bastly just soap just wash the processor in HOT water before using for food.) Again it should be in the detergent asile either by the SWS and borax or by the stain removers.
  • 1/3 box of Borax
  • 1/3 box of Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 bottle of Purex fabric sofener crystals (this can be omited if you want fragrance free) I went with lavender
I used about 2 tables spoons for the load, I actually used the Purex cap as it has a mark for 1, 2, and 2 1/2 table spoon increments.  The site I pulled this from actully made a batch that was about 4 times as much as I made, and they said it would last a year so I think my batch should last 3 months.  Not bad 3 months for less then $15 instead of one jug for $16 that only does 36 loads.  And the smell is great, its not overwhelming because I was able to adjust the amount to my liking.  I dont know about you but I by a soap in the store I sniff it first, but they dont always smell the same after a wash some times they leave an over powering scent and other detergents  have a wonderful scent that gets lost in the wash.

I killed two big bad money wasting bills with a few simple products.  I used the same box of SWS and Borax for both projects. 

As an added bonus my dishes ARE cleaner then when I used the leading brands, so hears to hopping the cloths turn out the same.  I will know in 20 minutes when the dryer stops!!


Friday, January 25, 2013

First ever blanket

So and this is the first blanket I ever made. Um I can't complain about the previous one I was trying to replicate,  because mine somehow came out lopsided as well. But all of my color changes are secured this blanket will take a beating and last years. Not 100 percent where my shrinkage came from because as far as I can count I've only got about 12 missing clusters but it's noticeably smaller as you go up and I can no tell where they went missing.

Next blanket I make I am going to use stitch counters the whole way threw, I did them for the first 4 rows then they some how got pulled out one at a time so I gave up and pulled the others out. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Impossible blanket

6 or 7 months ago my sister got this lovely crochet blanket. She brought it to me today to fix it. It was literally falling apart. I'm not sure who made it but whoever it was did not secure their color changes and it is falling apart at the color changes I did a quick fix for today but Jordan my niece could not go to sleep without her blankie so I am in the process of trying to recreate the blanket without having any idea what stitch this is.  It looks like a huge loop with a single double trouble crocheted into it but I'm not sure how she did the huge lips because they don't look like a huge loop a single crochet in a large hook would make but migh possably be a Broomsticks alteration or anything like that?

If anyone has some input it is greatly welcomed as this is my nieces favorite blankie she loves digging her fingers and toes into it and stretching. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

D10 what a pain in the....


Seriously.  Took me a few tries to get the shape correct times 10, and sewing them all together was a bit harder then doing up the D12.  Stabbed myself with a darning needle a few times trying to get the top and bottoms sewn up with out lossing the over all shape.

This one doesn't 'roll' easily but it lands face up when tossed straight up.  Then again I don't think an actual D10 rolls well at all so it might not be a fault on my end and just an over all aspect of the shape.

So I have 4/6th of a complete set done!  Still dreading the D20, and procrastinating on the D6.  so far I have put 6 day's worth of work into making these little  or rather 'big' crochet dice.  Debating on if I will sell it all as a set or let them go individually at the con.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More Crochet Dice

Left to Right: D8, D12, D4
So I have got the nack down for making D4 and D8 although I think the D8 looks a little frumpy.  They all roll well, landing on a face side up every time. Took me two days to make and piece the D12, and a day a piece for the D8 and D4.

I wonder if I put my patterns up for sale for like $2 for a pdf/video if anyone would be interested?
 I only have the three made so far, though I could easily make a D20 it just seems very daunting it would probably take a day alone to piece it together and possibly 2 days to make and number the sides. I plan on doing a D6 next it should be the easiest pattern to make. 
I do think the hardest pattern I will have to fumble threw making is the D10 I have a working idea for it but it will have to wait till I can try and assemble it to see if it will work like a D10 should.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Crochet d12

So my husband is part of a podcast that talks about gamers, gaming, rpg.  Every year the throw a convention called FeartheCon it a rpg and table top gaming convention.  I thought I would make a few crochet dice to take with me this is the first one finished, it a 12 sides dice it seems to roll just as randomly as the real thing all the numbers are in the same positions.