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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Toothpaste and Laundry Soap

Well, my blogging has been lagging a great deal lately.  Several reasons for that, 1. Sick kiddos.  Nothing real serious, just lots of snot and barking coughs that lasted a good week before spending another week or so tapering off.   2. The time change kicked our hineys.  It took several days to find a new groove that worked for us, so before we did I was one exhausted mama trying to parent whiny, exhuasted, half sick kids.  3.  Our computer/computers have been having some major issues.  Our laptop caught some sort of virus not long after we got back from Ukraine.  It has periods where it works fine, and then for a while it won't work at all.  When  Josh isn't working, he can usually mess with it and bring it temporarily back to life.  It has been getting worse though, and seems to be pretty much out of commission for good now.  The mouse on our desktop went out, and since we've been busy, it took several days to actually get to the store to get a new one.  So we spent several days without the internet.  4.  I found a fiction series that peaked my interested.  About 30 pages in to the first book I was hooked, so I spent all last week spending every single free moment reading.  I finished the whole series in a week, so I guess I now have to face reality again.

All that to say, those are my excuses for not blogging lately.  I also want to preface this blog post(although at this point I don't think that preface is the right word) by saying that it really SHOULD have pictures, but it doesn't.  I'm going to share my adventures in making my own toothpaste and my own laundry soap.  Those kinds of posts really should have pictures.  BUT our desktop doesn't have a memory card slot, so I don't know how to get the pictures from the memory card to the computer.  Alas, you will jut have to use your imagination.

Like I said, I have been experimenting with making my own toothpaste and my own laundry soap.  It is something that I've been wanting to do for a while, but I guess I have just been lazy, or pre-occupied...

Let's start with the TOOTHPASTE:
This was SO easy.  It litterally took me five minutes from start to finish. 


I put 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small glass bowl.  I added one teaspoon of baking soda, and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.  I took a butterknife and mixed it all up.  Coconut oil is soild, but soft at room temperature.  Once it was all mixed it put it in a small plastic container that has a lid.  I keep it in my bathroom on the shelf.  When I brush my teeth I stick my took brush in the container and scoop some on to my toothbrush.  Out of habit, I wet my toothbrush before brushing my teeth, but you don't have to. 
The first time I used it I didn't really know what to expect.  It doesn't lather like regular toothpaste, but my mouth feels very clean afterwards.  I really really like it!  When I run out of what I have and need to make a new batch, I am going to go ahead a make a bigger one so it will last longer.  I plan on using a little less baking soda and a little more peppermint essential oil.  Peppermint can be STRONG, so it is best to start small and add more if you want.  Next time I plan on using 4 tablespoons coconut oil, one heaping teaspoon of baking soda, and 20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil.  This toothpaste is free of chemicals and it is all natural.  It also has the added benefit of being very frugal.  I plan on transitioning the kids over to this toothpaste too.  Their batch will have less peppermint though, since my kids don't like "spicy" toothpaste.  I have two kiddos that swallow their toothpaste, so this is a very safe alternative to regular toothpaste, which should NOT be swallowed.  Also, you don't have to use peppermint essential oil.  Clove, cinnamon, and theives would also be great choices! 

Now, for the LAUNDRY SOAP:
This was super simple also, and only took about 20 minutes total.
I started by boiling one gallon of water.  Once it starts boiling(or a little before, if you are impatient like me), you shave two bars of Fels-Naptha soap in to the boiling water, stopping every so often to stir.  You can get Fels-Naptha soap on the laundry aisle at Wal-Mart for 96 cents a bar. 

Once the Fels-Naptha was stirred in and melted, I added 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda.  Both of those items can be purchased on the laundry soap aisle at Wal-Mart.  Once it was all stirred in together, I put one gallon of hot water in to a five gallon bucket.  After that I poured in my soap mixture.  Then I poured another gallon of hot water on top of that.  I stirred it all up and then let it cool.  It filled my 5 gallon bucket about 3/5 full, and once it has cooled it forms a very thick gel.  Today is my first dy to use it, but I washed several loads using 1/2 a cup of the laundry soap mixture, and it worked great.  The finished laundry soap has a very clean smell.  If there isn't enough scent for your taste, then you can always add some essential oils to the mix.  Lavendar is always an excellent choice for things like that.  If you are looking for a chemical free and VERY frugal way to wash your clothes, THIS is the choice for you!  Seriously.  It was very cheap and easy to make.  Once again, I am sitting here asking myself WHY I waited so long to do it!

So that's all I got for tonight.  I have so other ideas that I am going to be experimenting with in the near future, so I'll let you know how that goes.

Night  ya'll!


Anonymous said...

To my knowledge, the the laptop hardware should be salvageable, just not the operating system (OS). So, what you could do is download Linux Ubuntu (the most popular Linux distribution; it's free!) onto a disk from your desktop and install it onto your laptop. Assuming you would not be losing any important data, the process should be as simple as installing the new OS and removing the old, corrupted one.

Here's a link to the download:

I'm pretty sure you can also use a flash drive, but I personally found it easier to do with a CD. I know people often say that Linux is esoteric, but in truth, the Ubuntu distribution is very user-friendly, and an especially attractive option if you don't want to pay money to fix a infected PC.

Just my 2 cents, hope that Helps :-)

KJ said...

When I made toothpaste, I got my son to help me make hopes that he would be excited to use it because he made it (because it didn't taste as good as his Crest Kids toothepaste). It worked! He never complained about using it.

I've been wanting to make my own laundry soap forever. I'm using soap nuts right now, which I like.. but I like the price of homemade better! Now where do I find a 5 gallon bucket around here? Hmm... :)

David and Carolyn said...

Good job on your home made goodies. I love it when we can save money and have something that is better for the family. We make our own soap too. I add a few drops of GSE to the wash with towels and bedding for extra sanitizing.
I'll have to try the toothpaste recipe. Activated charcoal make a great teeth whitener. Just don't' get it on your clothes!

Becky said...

Grinning at your homemades...I've been on a "make your own" kick lately (which is interesting in an rv where I really don't have room to store ingredients in bulk). My big finds are 1:5 mixture of baking soda to water with a few drops of tea tree oil as a wonderful exfoliating bath scrub *and* dandruff "noshampoo"; apple cider vinegar plus egg yolk for a conditioner that leaves your hair soft and shiny and strips buildup...lovin' the all-natural, no preservatives, know-what-i'm-using-and-it's-cheap life! :) Also, I love coconut oil once a week after a shower as a moisturizer. Seriously contemplating a coconut palm whenever we're able to get our own home.

Lindsey, Port Neches, TX said...

It was wonderful meeting you guys yesterday. All your children are beautiful and look so happy! I love that their are so many families in this area who have adopted. If you have a chance, please shoot me an email ( I am trying to find out if there is any interest from local families in starting a playgroup for our kiddos. I here they have similar groups in some of the bigger cities. I know of at least 5 local families that have adopted overseas so thought maybe there would be an interest here.

Patty said...

Oh thank you for this! I've been thinking about making toothpaste lately (one of my kids swallows too), but hadn't made it to the research stage. Thanks for the boost! Not sure if I'm ready to start brushing with thieves yet, I'll stick with peppermint! :D

Stephanie said...

I have just recently started reading your blog...your children are beautiful.

I am looking for a new book series to read, what series is it that caught your attention?


Micah said...

I'm still using my homemade shampoo :D I just ordered some Dr. Bronner's Skikakai Conditioning Rinse though because my shampoo leaves my hair too squeaky.
I'm a little skeered about trying homade toothpaste though... not sure about the whole coconut oil in my mouth thing. Maybe I'll LOOK at your's next time I'm over. lol

John Davis said...

Many Zahnpasta items that do not use the key connected with whitening grab the dirt from the moment splits on the enameled in an attempt to indicate the genuine appeal of this enamel backside. i am a dentist and i don't think this is a good idea alone is too abrasive for teeth, combitanion with sea salt is worse. we don't advise our patients to use whitening Zahncreme which contains contents like baking powder. using them for too long cause enamel thinning and roughening so they cause more staining eventually.

The Kyler said...

Thanks for the information...I have been wanting to try making my own laundry soap but feel like I don't have the time :)!!! I tell myself that it won't take long but keep putting it off! Maybe this will help jump start my motivation and who knows maybe I will try the toothpaste out also!

Katie said...

I belonged to a frugal homemaker site for a long time, and everyone seemed to be making their own laundry soap. We have Zote soap here in our Walmart, which is like Fels Naptha. I can only find Fels Naptha in a vintage country tourist store! (and they are charging too much) I wanted to join the crowd and make my own, but I could never find the washing soda, and I didn't want to order it online. I went to several stores and had no luck, and just never got past that point. I still have a bar of Zote waiting, though...

BTW, I think it's time to change the picture on top of your!

Shannon said...

Yay! What a fun post. And great idea to put thieves into the toothpaste!

Pearls47 said...

I am wondering if I can use this laundry soap safely in my HE washing machine. Thank you for the helps especially the toothpaste which I am going to make and try since I have developed an allergy to the postassium nitrate they use in some toothpastes. Thank you again

Pearls47 said...

Thank you for the info regarding the toothpaste since I have become allergic to the potassium notrate used in some toothpastes. I am also going to use the laundry soap but would like to know if I am able to use it in my HE washing machine safely thank you again.

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