Make your own Napkins & Detergents!
I have a sweet friend at Church, Bobbie, that was teaching a class on organizing and saving money. In her class Bobbie talked about how she had made napkins for her family when her children were growing up. It saved a lot of money since the napkins could be washed over and over. I thought it was a brilliant idea and during my next trip to CA I went to the fabric store and bought 8 fat quarters. I came home, cut them into quarters and my Mom helped me sew a double line around the edges. They were pretty small but perfect for our little boys.
We love them! We have been using them for at least 3 years now and they are still in great shape. Not only do we save money by washing them and reusing them, I love that they bring a sense of class to our family dinnertime. Bonus they are helping us teach our boys manners. Let me rephrase – helping us TRY to teach them manners!
(Note to self – meatloaf in pictures does not make dinner look appetizing)
The meatloaf was actually really good. I had some hamburger I needed to use today and I had about 10 minutes to make dinner. I used this recipe and it was pretty yummy….for meatloaf 🙂
In another happy little homemaking note – I tried making my own laundry soap again. I made liquid laundry soap a couple of years ago and I didn’t love it. This time I found a dry recipe here and I am much happier.
Ive been using it for over 2 years now and I still love it.
What you need:
3 bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (found in the detergent aisle) grated – I used the grater attachment in my food processor.
4 lbs. Borax (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
I grabbed one of my grandmothers old measuring cups and I use that as my scoop.
My clothes feel so clean and fresh. Ive also been adding a few drops of lemon essential oil to a yarn ball and and then throwing that in the dryer with our clothes. Our clothes have never felt fresher!