Homemade Vanilla Sugar

Simple and easy to do! 

5 Vanilla Beans (slice in half)

Sugar

1 Jar (I used a Mason Jar)

 

Just layer the sliced vanilla beans in between the sugar as you fill your jar. Let sit. The longer it sits, the stronger the vailla taste. This can be used in recipes, on top of muffins, doughnuts, used in your coffee or tea. Anywhere you would use sugar. 😀

 

Beans can be found HERE for purchase at a great price:

http://www.vanillaproductsusa.com/

 

 

Homemade Laundry Soap

This is my most POPULAR “Homesteading Recipe” I have on YouTube. My video on how I make this soap has almost 34,000 views! This soap recipe is AMAZING! Unlike commercial detergents, this recipe is NOT full of fillers. It is extremely easy to make, will cost you the same amount as buying a box of name brand detergent with a box of stain fighter, however this recipe will not leave a detergent build up on your clothing. And best of all, you dont need a “scoop” of about a cup per load…… all you need to use is 2 tbs for each large load or 1 tbs for a small-medium load.  I have been using this recipe for almost a year now and our clothing has never been cleaner. Our darks stay dark, our whites come clean, and it doesn’t leave a “perfume” smell. Our clothes just smell like…. cotton! Clean cotton!  OH, and this recipe is TOTALLY SAFE FOR HE or FRONT LOADING WASHERS! 😀  Now this recipe is a ONE YEAR SUPPLY for the average single person. Here in our house, where I do laundry for 7 people PLUS do wash every 2 days for cloth diapers and this batch lasts us about 4-5 months.  I absolutely LOVE this recipe! So, let’s make a batch, shall we? Here is what you will need:

 

Ingredients:
ALL of my ingredients were purchased at Walmart, in the laundry detergent isle!

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle.
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)
2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (we chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: These you can add in, for extra washing power:
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean OR Biz- Found in the detergent aisle.
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener or Downy Unstoppables, to ADD scent to your laundry powder mix….which can be found in the detergent aisle.
1-Box of Clorox 2…..color safe bleach.

PRICE:
Here was MY cost:
1-box of Borax $3.38
1-box of Super Washing Soda $3.24
1-box Baking Soda $2.24
2-bars Zote $.97/each….$1.94
Total for cloth diaper/sensitive skin safe $10.80 before tax!!!!!

after adding Biz $16.44
adding Purex Crystals, at $8.96/bottle your total would be $25.73

laundry soap

I also purchased my 2 glass jars at Walmart. They can be found in the kitchen container isle. They were $5.47.each. My stainless “coffee scoop” which is a perfect 2 tablespoons, was bought at Walmart in the Kitchen section, near the measuring spoons and sups for $1.97. My plastic mixing spoon, was bought as a set of 5, also from Walmart found in the same isle as my scoop, for $0.88. You can also purchase a 5 gallon bucket and lid for the soap at a home improvement store, like Home Depot for around $5. I prefer the pretty jars. 🙂

ORIGINAL Version of this recipe can be found here but I got this recipe from my girlfriend Sarah who has been using it for years now:
http://www.howdoesshe.com/cheaper-and-better-diy-laundry-detergent/

You can find various versions of this recipe online, but this one has worked the best for me. 😀

Here is my original receipt:

laundry soap 2

 

 

If you are interested in how we make our soap, watch our YouTube video on how we put it all together here: