Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Praises all around, and more cheap tricks :)

OK no idea what has happened to blogger???? But my pictures are all gobbly goop- loads of numbers, letters, etc. But I pre-posted and the pics were there. Sooooo I will try to write about the pics, but if they aren't in order or something...just use your imagination. Sorry....

So some random pics of our kids at the park because I know you all love seeing our beautiful children :)

Huge praises because we had 3 AGCI families that passed court!!!! Yeah!!!!
Praying still for baby Zek as he is still in the hospital with fun for mom and dad back home!


OK so as you can tell from the above pics we had some fun making some home made laundry soap. I was soooo nervous thinking it would be hard, and we would probably mess up the first time, but it was super easy!!! YEAH!!!

Here is the recipie we used.......
1/3 bar of Zote soap- plain wrapper kind of thing. Zote is a pink bar that smells like citrenella candles, but it works and your laundry doesn't smell like it anyway. We got it at Market Basket (local grocery store).
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55oz box) Found at grocery store as well.
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax- 76 oz box found at Wal-Mart.

You will also need a grater or processer of some kind....3 qt sauce pan.....spoon, 2 empty gallons of milk or other container that can hold 2 gallons.

So you bring 6 cups to a boil.....while you are doing that
grate the 1/3 bar of Zote soap- really easy because the soap is really soft!

after you are done and you water is boiling...add the Zote and stir until it is dissolved....

then add you 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Stir until completely dissolved.

Then put in a bucket and add water until you have 2 gallons all together.....easy :)

Pour with funnel into containers. *note you will have to shake as you use because it is a gel/thick fluid. But Jason has approved and if you knew how picky he was - you would know that this is a big deal!

COST- hardly anything .01-.02 a load (we have front loaders so you only use 1/4 cup, if you have a regular machine you use 1/2 cup). The Borax is $2.98, A & H was $2.75, and Zote was $0.44 for the whole bar. So really cheap and easy :) Yep, we will be doing this from now on! You can also use all of these products for other cleaning as well....stay tuned in the future we will be trying those too. As soon as I am done using some store bought products that is.....

So there another way we "afford" our large family. Hey, more pennies we can save so we can give more, and save more for our adoption. YEAH!!!


  1. Awesome! I have always wondered if that would be do-able or not, and I love that you posted pic of the process. We will definitely give that a try! And of course your kiddos are those smiles!


  2. I had the same issue with blogger. Love your thrify way! I am beginning to think about all of those cleaners that I have that are not safe for the children yet I allow them to enter our water supply. We live in a small community will probably have to go to the big city for supplies!

  3. We use the homeade laundry soap, but make it in a 5 gallon recipe! Have been using it for almost a year now and love it! We add a little tea tree oil for a hint of a scent if you like. It only takes a couple drops. Enjoy!

  4. Dawn, can you email me your address? I have many questions for you about foster care and international adoption, if you don't mind talking to me about it of course =-) My email is

  5. This is the easiest I've ever seen for homemade laundry soap- I'm totally doing this as soon as I run out!

  6. LOVE the pics ;o) And what a great idea for the soap... Does is have to be Zote? Just wondering. ;o)

  7. There are other kinds of soap you can use...sometimes you have to tweek the recipe a bit because of size of the soap and what is in the soap. I just looked if you find another kind- you can look it up and usually you can find a recipe.

  8. It looks a lot easier than I thought too. We may have to try it in the near future!

  9. Great idea and so cheap!!! Thanks for sharing how to make it. I just might try it too!!!!

  10. Beautiful children!! The soap looks like a fun project to do with the kiddos :)

    Praying for little Naomi!

  11. ok..such a great idea...AND, you accidentally pushed your html button at the top of your it and it should bring your pics right back...i've done it quite a few times :) kj

  12. love that you are saving money for what really matters. i'm not much of a do it yourself kind of girl, but it doesn't look as terrible as i would have imagined. :) and your kids are darling!

  13. love the laundry soap! great ideas. praying for naomi too!