Friday, February 7, 2014
Homemade housewarming gifts
I know two people who are moving into new places so that means housewarming gifts. I was going to run to the store and put together a basket of kitchen towels, candles, spices, maybe a plant. Then I remembered my resolution.
Sometimes it's hard to give handmade gifts because not everyone appreciates them, but I took a chance and I'm glad I did.
One of the people moving is my niece Kayla. Kay is newly married and has the cutest little boy. She is very conscientious about what she feeds her family and the things they are exposed to, I knew she would appreciate an all natural gift.
After some web searching I decided to make a gift for them that I already use and love, laundry sauce. A while ago I started making my own laundry detergent. When you look at the ingredients in regular detergent, it's not hard to make the decision to go homemade.
Making your own laundry detergent is not only cheaper and healthier, it's better for your skin and the environment.
I've tried several different recipes for homemade laundry detergent and while I liked the detergent I didn't like having a five gallon bucket of detergent in my laundry room. I kept searching and found one that I like and is super concentrated., Mom's Super Laundry Sauce. It's quick, easy, smells wonderful and you can store 128 load of laundry sauce in two quart mason jars.
I didn't really make any changes other than instead of grating my soap I cut it in chunks and heated it in the microwave instead. I love when the soap gets fluffy, plus it's easier than all that grating, just heat if for 30 seconds at a time until it's all fluffy then let it cool and crumble it in the boiling water.
The website even has cute little tags you can print off, then all you have to do is grab some ribbon and your gift is complete.
We were out of homemade laundry detergent and Hailey needed to wash some baby clothes so she ran out and bought some Dreft to wash his clothes in. I was floored. First of all, it was $12 for 32 loads of laundry and has almost an identical ingredient list to other "non baby" laundry detergents, including fragrance.
The homemade detergent has three ingredients, no fragrance and costs about $1.76 for 128 loads. Glad we have this option for washing anything that will be next to that sweet baby's skin.