Thursday I was feeling a lot better than I have been in awhile.
So I decided to get busy with some projects that have been sitting around
the house longer than I have. *ahem*
I started out by sanding the dresser tower I found sitting out by the
dumpster one day. They didn't want it! And there was nothing
wrong with it, other than the coloring on the drawers.
(It was obviously a children's dresser. It still had little
girl pajamas and undies in the bottom drawer.)
It also had a piece of weave in it...gross.
After sanding the top and one side, the battery to the
sander died. So I swapped the batteries and sanded the front and
the other side. I started sanding the third drawer and that battery died.
So, I had to wait several hours for the batteries to charge before I
could finish. I cleaned out the plastic storage drawers
in the bedroom and unpacked two more boxes of
picture frames and J's pajama shorts.
After reorganizing the bottom of the closet some,
so I could fit the plastic drawers storage thing in there,
I ran to the Dollar General to buy a cheese grater.
Why, you ask? To make my own homemade laundry
detergent, of course!
I got the idea from my friend, and fellow blogger, Holly.
(I think we're friends. We are friends aren't we Holly?...)
Anywho. She has 5 beautiful kiddos and she made
her own laundry detergent. I figure if it's good enough for Holly's
sweet babies, it's gotta be good enough for the Hubby and I.
I had already bought the supplies at Wally World (Holly bought hers at
Pub-lick's for around $8.) on the Laundry detergent aisle, but when I got
home to make it, I didn't have a cheese grater! I don't know how that
happened. We've been married almost 3 years and we both love
cheese. I know I've even bought block cheese before. Apparently,
we just ate the block whole...
SO...I keep getting side-tracked... When I got back from the DG,
the batteries were charged, so I finished sanding and then wiped
off the dust so I could paint. I laid out my drop-cloth and
set out my paint. Conveniently enough, the brush was just a smidgen
too big for the paint-can mouth, so I had to have a tray.
Instead of running out to buy one, I improvised and used the plastic,
albeit reusable tray from Hormel's Refrigerated Entrees.
Heck yeah, these are awesome.
And Jeremy scoffed at me when I emptied and then washed the tray
to reuse it. I knew it would come in handy for something. lol. It was perfect!
I painted the dresser and then the drawers. Then I put a second coat on.
Surprisingly, the paint we bought at Lowe's dries really quickly!
Valspar's with primer included. It's really awesome
and totally worth the extra bucks. A quart cost us about $14.
Luckily, that's all we needed for the dresser.
After I finished painting...and stepping in the paint,
I started grating my block of Fels Naptha soap.
I grated all the way down to this tiny piece:
I may or may not have grated some of my nail...
so one of us quite possibly, may have a piece of nail
scratch us when we put on our clothes...
And a few Special K flakes may or may not have
been raked into the container when I was cleaning up
spilled soap crumbles. Oh well. I forgot to clean the counter
this morning after making a bowl of cereal.
Anywho, so y'all can make your own homemade laundry detergent,
here are the ingredients and instructions:
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, shaved (97¢/bar)
2 C of Borax($2.98 for 4lb. 12 oz. box)
2 C of Arm and Hammer Soda Wash (not to be confused with baking soda)
($2.77 for 3lb. 7 oz. box)
(That's $6.72 for all the supplies!)
I really like the way the soap smells. I think there is another
recipe out there that calls for Ivory, but Ivory makes my skin itchy
and dry, so I'm using Fels Naptha instead. If you want to use the Ivory bar
of soap, you may have to use more, since the bar is smaller.
When you wash laundry, you only use 1-3 Tbsp. depending on how
large your load is and how dirty they are. Regular detergents bubble up,
but this does NOT, so don't just keep adding the stuff. Bubbles
don't necessarily mean your clothes will be clean!!
I'm storing mine in a plastic container I bought at The Dollar Tree.
A buck for storage? Sure!!!
I'll letcha know how the detergent works out! And I'll post pics of
the finished dresser when I have the knobs. :)
Hope y'all have a great weekend!
Happy Mil-Spouse Appreciation Day!