Zina's Produce

  (Williamsburg, Virginia)
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Fish in a Bag Soap!

This is a great project to do with the kids! It is so easy and you won't believe the double takes you get when folks walk by. They look so life like! We make these to sell and it is one of our party on the farm activities. This is a clear melt and pour soap! We leave them unscented, scents will alter the color. It really encourages kids to wash and wash and wash, just to get to the fish! We make 10 at a time, so we use a dowel rod and rest it on two salt containers. I tape the dowel on so it does not roll off.( If making one soap use two glasses ,bag in the middle and attach with two pins ,one on each glass). Then we attach a clear birthday bag with a close pin, leaving the bag resting a bit on the counter. Melt the soap, pour 2.5 oz. in bag (I use a funnel) spritz with alcohol (this will get rid of bubbles) wait until it sets Maybe 30 min.. Place fish in bag pour remainder soap (I adjust fish with a skewer) tie with a twist tie while it is liquid and hang back up to harden. That’s it! Picture is of first stage before second pour.  

 

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Home Made Laundry Soap!

    

HOME MADE LAUNDRY SOAP! 

 

The weather has been gorgeous this week.  It has got me thinking about hanging clothes on the clothes line! I love the process of hanging clothes out. The smell and the satisfaction of knowing you are being greener.  Last year I started making our Laundry Detergent, both liquid and powder. Cost is .7 cents per load! It is nice to save money, but I want laundry clean and stains gone. I had to see for myself if it was actually worth it. I have 6 children and 4 grand children, and we live on a farm. So I know a little about stains!  Most people are in the mind set that if it there is not allot of suds, then it isn’t clean. Not true, it is actually  cleaner. This is a great soap for High Efficiency Washers too!  All of the ingredients are made in the USA, Yeah! Also are safe for your family and our environment. I also love the smell... there are many recipes you could try. But I have already done the trial and era process for you. I tried less water (for concentration) more water to see if I could stretch the dollar more. Anyway I like this recipe the most and I think you will too! I bought all I needed for this soap at Ace Hardware. If you can’t find what you need request that your local store carry it.( Hint: share the recipe maybe it will speed things up!) I was so excited to get ready to make mine, I could hardly wait! Some recipes call for Dove soap, Tote, and my favourite Fels-Naptha!  It smell soooo clean, I sometimes add essential oil to the wash. If we are picking berries, or working in the garden, riding horses, then I might add citronella oil. This help ward off insects and, chiggers hate it. Otherwise I just love the smell of the Fels-Naptha. It is a great idea to keep a bar handy in the laundry room for stubborn satins. Just rub on stain and throw in the wash or laundry basket. Another green alternative for softening clothes is vinegar in the rinse cycle. The smell does rinse out.  For all of you soapers out there, you can grate your own soap to replace commercial bar soaps. Castile soaps are a great choice! Remember the finer the cheese grater the smaller the soap particles. This is good for the liquid because the time for the soap to melt takes less time ( you do not want clumps, be sure to dissolve all the way.)

  

RECIPE FOR POWDER SOAP

 

I triple this recipe due to large family! It is hard to get use to the small amount you use, but commercial laundry soaps are full of fillers.

 

1 c grated laundry soap bar (which is about 2/3 of a bar)  Fels-Naptha
1/2 c washing soda ( pure baking soda, not the one you bake with,
1/2 c borax

Grate the soap with a cheese grater or food processor. Add all ingredients into a bowl that has an airtight lid. Stir or shake to mix well. Store the air tight container. Use 2 Tablespoons per load.
  

 

Now you have 2 choices, either liquid or powder detergent.  Powder is simpler, both are good.

 

 Liquid Detergent

 

  • Borax  

     

  • Washing Soda(Related to Baking soda, and can be found in most laundry detergent sections of the grocery store.  Washing Soda does not give off harmful fumes, but you must wear gloves while handling it.)  

     

  • Fels-Naptha 

     

 

 

1 quart water (boiling)
2 cups bar soap (grated)
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda

 

1. Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.

 

2. Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the borax and washing soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.

 

3. Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.

 

4. Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Once it’s cool, add 5 - 7 drops of your favourite essential oil per gallon (optional) Stir the soap each time you use it (it will gel).

 

 
 
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