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Homemade…Dishwasher Detergent

Well today I ran out of dishwasher detergent and decided to try making my own. I have planned on it for a while now, I even bought the ingredients two weeks ago but just never got around to it. Well I have to say, it is so easy, quick,  inexpensive, and effective. I just finished my second load of dishes and they came out great. I’m sold! So here is the recipe for dishwasher detergent.

 

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1 cup borax

 

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1 cup baking soda

 

 

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1/4 cup salt. (I know I have a 1/2 cup here but I couldn’t find my 1/4 cup anywhere. So I estimated and it worked fine.)

 

 

 

 

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1/4 cup citric acid. (Once again I had to use the 1/2 cup and had to estimate the 1/4 cup.) You can buy citric acid in a jar but I also read you can use sugar free lemonade mix. This brand is from Aldi but you could use any sugar free brand. It worked fine but I think I will be buying the big jar in the future so I have less packaging to throw away.

 

 

 

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30 drops lemon essential oil. I bought mine at the health food store in town.

 

 

 

 

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Put all ingredients in a container and shake to mix. Use 1 Tablespoon per load. If you have hard water you could use 2 Tablespoons. I also used white vinegar as a rinse aid.

Well there you have it. Homemade dishwasher detergent. Enjoy!

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Homemade…Whipped Coconut Oil Moistureizer

Today I wanted to show you what I usually use for a moisturizer, coconut oil. Coconut oil is great, it is natural, absorbs completely into the skin, and smells great.

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But coconut oil can be difficult to use depending on the weather. This time of year in Wisconsin the oil is completely solid. To make it easier to use I whipped it with my stand mixer. I started by scooping half of the coconut oil from the jar into my stand mixer.

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Next I put on the whisk attachment and whipped it until it was smooth and fluffy. I didn’t time it, I just waited until it looked good to me.

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I scooped the whipped coconut oil into a container and put it on my bathroom counter. I use this on my face, lips, and body. I like it and it has helped with some of my eczema problems.

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This is just one way to use coconut oil. This post has some information about why coconut oil is so awesome and how to use it.

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DIY…Fixing my Wash Machine

When ever we can, we fix our own things. My husband has fixed many things on the car, the dishwasher, the computer, and the wash machine. I rely on him to fix most things around the house but today was my day, as Justin was not available. He was getting ready for a week long confrenced and would need to live right after he packed. The thought of a water filled wash machine sitting there for five days getting gross was not what I wanted, let alone no laundry for five days! So I took a deep breath and gave it a go.

I got out the dolly to move the washer out onto the back deck but that did not work for me at all. So instead I used my legs to shimmy the washer out of the house. Lucky that is not to far. Once out on the deck I took off the back panel and said, “Now what?” I found a handy website that told me what to do for a slow draining wash machine. I used all my strength and a pliers to get one hose disconnected and was able to drain the water, yea!. I found two pennies and a strange black rubber piece in the drain hose. Then Justin came home and took a look. He flipped the washer on its side and told me to check the other hoses and the pump. After taking all of that apart I found a shoe lace in the pump. Now where did that come from? No one was missing a shoelace, no clothes with laces on them had recently been washed, I didn’t have any spare laces lying around, hmmmm.

After all that me and Killian put it all back together and voila! The washer if fixed. I don’t think I will ever be a wash machine repair lady but it does feel good to do something yourself 🙂

 

Here are some pictures from the adventure. I only have ones from the end because I was so wrapped up in the work.

Killian putting the last screw into the back panel.

Here were the culprits, two pennies and a shoe string. How did that get in there?

Look at the shape of that penny. How long was it in there?

Found this piece in one of the hoses. Does this belong in the washing machine, I don’t know. Well this did not make this back in to the machine but I am keeping it just incase.

Only one small cut on my hand. Over all this was a pretty successful endeavor.

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