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Make Ecofriendly Laundry Detergent

You might be surprised to learn that you can make your own laundry detergent. Or maybe you have heard of it, but weren´t sure. It´s a great way to save time and money which is good for you. And with this ecofriendly laundry detergent it get´s even better: you are doing something for the environment at the same time! So, let me show you how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent.

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First, you actually have two options here. You can make powder detergent or liquid detergent. The instructions for both are below:

How to make ecofriendly liquid laundry detergent

You need:

  • A cheese grater (Sturdy food processor with a grating attachment or a blender can work well too)
  • Large saucepan (needs to hold at least six cups of water)
  • 8 oz. soap (glycerin or other natural soap works best.)
  • 2 cups of washing soda – you can find this at your local home store or supermarket
  • 2 cups of borax
  • Large bucket which needs to hold approximately two gallons.
  • Water and a
  • Storage container (old detergent containers would be a good option if you cleaned them out)

Directions:

Grate 8 ounces of your soap (about one cup), then turn your cooker on to medium low. Heat six cups of water in large saucepan. Slowly add your soap flakes, letting them dissolve before adding more.
Once all soap flakes are dissolved, add washing soda and borax. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Then remove the saucepan from heat.
Add four cups of hot water to your bucket and pour your soap mixture into the water. Stir to combine and add another gallon of water to the mixture. If you’re using a two gallon bucket simply fill the rest of the bucket up with water. Stir well and let sit overnight.
The next day pour the mixture into your storage container. When you’re ready to do laundry, use ¼ cup of detergent per load. Or use your old measuring cup from the detergent you used before.

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How to make ecofriendly Powder Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 2 cups soap flakes (use glycerin or other natural soap grated with a cheese grater or food processor)
  • 1 Large bowl or bucket for mixing
  • And a storage container

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Directions

Making ecofriendly powder detergent is easy. Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Store in your container of choice, keeping in mind to avoid it from getting wet. When ready, use approximately 1/8 of a cup of detergent. Still have your measuring “spoon” from your old detergent? Then don´t throw it away, continue using it!

Note: The ration for powder detergent is one borax to one washing soda to two soap flakes. So you could easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe. Just keep the proportions equal.

As you could see, making ecofriendly laundry detergent is easy and you can find all the ingredients you need at your supermarket. You’ll find the ingredients at a much lower cost than buying a jug of manufactured detergent. Plus, a homemade batch will last you quite a long time. It’ll save you money and it’s much better for the environment.

Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: DIY Mosquito Repelling Deodorant, Shower Gel For Soft & Healthy Skin, Make Ecofriendly Glitter With Kids and  How to Make Your Own Bird Feeders.

Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips

Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips
Learn how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent. I give you both a liquid and powder laundry detergent recipe. Save money and protect the environment! #greenliving #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #ecofriendly #diy #householdtips

Make your own bird feeders

It´s National Bird Feeding Month, so why not write a post on how to make your own bird feeders? I want to show you a few different ideas here today.

Bird feeders and bird baths are ideal to attract birds into your garden. If you want to know more about why you even would want to attract them and other animals to your garden, then you should read Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden or listen to the podcast 🙂

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Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials

Without getting too involved, you can make a bird feeder from miscellaneous items found in your garage and around your home. For example, if you have a coat hanger, a pie plate or a dinner plate, and some PVC piping, you can make a lovely feeder. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

For this DIY lawn and garden craft you’ll need:

  • PVC pipe approximately 4 inches in diameter or larger
  • 2 pie tins or a small plate and saucer or a combination of items (this will be the top and bottom of your feeder)
  • Primer
  • Paint (if you think in the environment then best use acrylic paint or eco-paint)
  • Adhesive
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Eye bolt or screw-in hook which will be used to hang your feeder. It needs to be the full length of the feeder, so from the top plate through the PVC to the bottom plate.
  • Drill and bit large enough for your eye bolt. If you’re using a ceramic plate for your feeder, you’ll want a tile drill bit to prevent the plate from cracking.
  • Nut
  • Two washers
  • And chain or other material to hang the feeder from like string or yarn

Directions:

The first step is to gather your pieces of equipment. You can use plates, saucers, pie tins or whatever you have on hand. The top component will be to keep the birds and the seeds dry, and will also be used to attach your eyebolt to. The bottom component will be for the birds to perch on and it’s where you will place the birdseed.

In between these two dishes will be your PVC pipe. You may need to cut the pipe to the right height if your eye bolt is too short. Once it is at the right height, cut three small notches in the base of the PVC. This is where the seed will come out to feed the birds. Each one needs to be large enough for the seed to move through.

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Next sand the PVC and prime it. Then paint the PVC in whatever style or design you choose. Drill a hole in the top plate and the bottom plate. Glue the top plate to the PVC and let dry. Slide the eye bolt through the top plate and through the PVC.

Place one washer on either side of your bottom plate and screw in the eye bolt, using your nut to keep the bolt in place. Once you’re sure it all fits together, undo the bolt and fill the PVC with seed. Lastly reattach the bottom plate and your feeder is ready to be hung up.

Make your own bird feeder with your kids

Winter is the time of oranges. Do you have some at home? Then you can turn the skin into a bird feeder!

All you need to make these bird feeders is:

  • 1 orange you used to make juice
  • Or cookie cutters or a muffin tray instead of the orange
  • 1 packet of gelatine
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup bird seeds (and some dried berries and crumbled nuts, if you want)
  • String
  • And a wooden stick thicker than your string

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Directions:

Add the gelatine to your water and bring to simmer while stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Then let it cool down for about 1 minute.

Stir in the bird seeds and add the mix to your orange. If you are using the muffin tray, then slightly oil the tray first and add the mix in. For the cookie cutters lay them out and fill them with the mix. Then press it all together slightly, so it binds properly.

Should you want to use dried berries and nuts, then push them into the bird seeds now.

Use the wooden stick to make holes into the orange halves, either just one or 4. Depending on how you want to hang it up, either with the seeds on top or dangling to the side. With the cookie cutters and the muffin tray: make one hole in each feeder.

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Let it all dry over night. Take it out the next day, attach the string and then you can hang your bird feeders up in different save places in your garden or even on your balcony. When picking a place, make sure dogs and cats cannot reach the bird feeders, nor the birds.

Now the only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy watching your new bird friends gather around your bird feeders. 🙂

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I hope, you have enjoyed finding out how to make your own bird feeders and have found some inspriration. Which one was your favourite or did you make your own? Let me know.

And if you know of someone who would like to make bird feeders, then please share. Thank you!

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan

Today´s post is a guest post: Patchwork Quilt Fabric written by Alyssa from The Quilters Closet. In her post she will explain to us everything about patchwork quilt fabric. I hope you enjoy the read 🙂

Let´s get to know Alyssa a little more before we read her post:

Alyssa Moylan is an ordinary woman from Australia, a writer by day and a reader by night. She writes on various topics like home improvement, business, lifestyle, health, travel and fashion. She likes to think of ways on how to solve daily life problems of people. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated.

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric: Efficiency and Its Purpose in Our Lives

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Patchwork or ‘pierced work’ refers to sewing together pieces of fabric to form a flat design. For centuries patchwork and quilting have been used in practical and decorative crafts. In the past years, it was not very vividly used, but nowadays it has a great impact on many things. It was basically women in the Colonial times that used to do patchwork quilt fabric. This fabric can be traditional or contemporary. In patchwork, different pieces of fabric are joint together and a large design is made. These small pieces are carefully cut and measured. Though, choosing of fabric, as in the one which someone will quilt is a tough decision to make.

Patchwork Quilt Fabric and Its Basic Features:

All fabrics cannot be used for the quilting purpose only certain types of fabric are preferred with which the patchwork quilting process happens properly. The process of making a patchwork quilt fabric is fun, but if someone fails to choose the right fabric then the fun will turn into trouble. Things to keep in mind while quilting is:

  • If a wrong choice is made, then the fabric may start wearing out poorly after it is used. Even it will take time to repair. Thus, the material needs to be a strong one.

  • The material should have a proper texture; the ones with which work can be done easily such as cotton is highly preferred. There are other things also which one should think of, but these are the basic ones.

If someone follows all the above-mentioned basic points, then a good patchwork quilt can be made.

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Importance and Types of Patchwork Quilt Fabric:

One can have a lot of importance of patchwork quilt if used in a proper manner; the different types of the quilt have different sorts of importance. One needs to choose the prints and design of the quilt very properly; because it is very necessary to have the proper stuff before the quilting procedure starts. The colour tones should be chosen from light tine to darker tones. The types are as follows:

  • Calico is a strong fabric; it is obtainable in all sorts of weight. This type of fabric is available in white colour and with darker flecks.

  • Corduroy is a quintessential fabric that comes in many colours and weight, it is worthwhile for large-scale patch pieces. And you can create many designs with this fabric due to its variety and distinguished features.

  • Though most quilters always go for cotton. It is the most common and most used fabric for patchwork quilting. It has been redefined as a patchwork quilt fabric lately.

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric and It´s Availability:

It is very obvious that patchwork fabric is available almost everywhere in the market. But there are many people who do not get the right quality of material to quilt. For that reason, online stores have been there to support the people n the quilting business. Many online stores sell good quality of fabric and one might end up getting the best one. One can also see the images of the quilt fabric on the internet before choosing the patchwork fabric that they want to order.

The abstract patchwork quilt fabric is a form of art that was very popular during the Victorian era, and it is still being used it is a beautiful and very difficult art form that should be preserved and taught to younger generations to carry forward the beautiful culture and technique alive.

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Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

Patchwork Quilt Fabric a Guest Post by Alyssa Moylan from The Quilters Closet. Everything you need to know about patchwork quilt fabric

How to easily make your own beeswax candles

I LOVE Christmas, it´s one of my favourite times of the year! Specially as you get to make a lot of things yourself, like decorations, ornaments, cookies… And then the evenings with candles lit all around you and a fire in the colder countries. That´s why I decided to show you today how to easily make beeswax candles yourself 🙂

But, before we get into making some, let me explain to you why you should use beeswax candles instead of paraffin ones.

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The reason you should choose beeswax candles over their paraffin rivals

Beeswax candles are made by, you guessed it, bees. Bees work to make the honey for the wax. It is all natural. Beeswax candles have many advantages over paraffin candles.

Paraffin is the wax that comprises most of the candles on the market. It is made from vegetable, animal, and petroleum wastes. You’d never know it looking at the candles, but this is what is in them. Most people don’t read the labels on candles anyway.

When you burn these substances, toxic substances have the potential to be given off in the flame. Have you ever seen black smoke coming from a candle flame? It occurs when the candle is getting close to being burned out because there is no more wax to burn. These are the chemicals being released into the air.

Decorative candles of this type do not burn clean. When the wax re-hardens you will see the black residue in the wax. The wax creates a pitting phenomenon in the center of the candle and the wax also drips down the side and ruins the look of the candle.

A little known fact is that the wicks in the center of the candles contain lead. The metal button that holds the wick can also be dangerous. When burning the wick, the lead can be released into the air as well. As we burn candles, we are polluting the air around us. People with respiratory problems shouldn’t burn paraffin candles.

Advantages of beeswax candles

On the other hand, beeswax candles are available. But, they cost more, so many people think: why buy them when there are cheaper better smelling candles on the market?

Beeswax candles are environmentally safe, they burn clean. That means no pollutants are released into the air. The air is actually cleaner because what is given off by the beeswax works to eliminate odors and other pollutants from the air.

If you like the way that your candles look, beeswax candles do not do any pitting when the wax is burned. In fact, the wax burns out towards the end of the candle and doesn’t drip over. It continues to burn until there is nothing left.

Beeswax candles are not scented artificially and give off a smell of sweet honey which I love. The colour of the candle is the natural colour of the wax.

Beeswax candles burn longer than paraffin wax candles. For your money you will get over 100 hours of candle burning pleasure. So, use candles for aromatherapy and setting the mood, but clean the air and freshen your home in the process with beeswax candles.

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A bit of candle making history

Candle making has a long tradition in Europe. In the City of London there has been for centuries a society called “The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers”, created before 1330. Obviously the first candles have been made over 5.000 years ago, being the only alternative to fire to give light at night… The first known dipped candles have been produced by the Romans about 500 BC.

Hanging wicks and dipping them in wax until the candle is the correct consistency was something we did in art class. Get the family together during the holiday season and teach the kids how to make beeswax candles. We used to make candles as Christmas presents for our teachers, grandparents… My favourite one was in a “snail” shape…

Beeswax candles can be made with beeswax sheets. True beeswax candle makers don’t use these sheets but for homemade candles, beeswax sheets are easy and safe for children to use. The wax is pressed into sheets for use in making different shapes of candles. Any wax left after burning can be molded with more beeswax to create new candles to burn.

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Okay, so now we know the why and a bit of history, let´s get into the DIY part!

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How to easily make your own beeswax candles

Before making beeswax candles, prepare by getting all of your supplies together and setting up an area to work. To make these candles you will need:

  • beeswax sheets, I get mine from a local supplier, but if you haven´t got the possibility, you can get them and the wicks here
  • scissors or a knife,
  • candle wicks,
  • a cutting board or other hard surface for cutting.

When purchasing the supplies, check to see that the wicks do not contain any lead or other chemicals.

Beeswax usually comes in a light color which is the color of the wax. Adding colour introduces chemicals into the wax that can be burned off in the flame. You can get beeswax candles in different colours, but they may not burn as clean.

First, watch the children when sharp objects are around. Do any cutting that needs to be done and keep the knife pointed away from the body. Work on the kitchen table so the kids can lean as they work.

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How to easily make your own beeswax candles; Instructions:

Lay out a sheet of beeswax. If using colored wax in combinations cut the sheet and add other colored pieces. Lay them close together so they overlap.

Take the wick and place it near the beginning of the wax sheet. Let an inch or so of the wick hang out of the bottom of the candle and two inches out of the top of the beeswax sheet.

Press the wick gently into the beeswax sheet. The wick needs to be secured so that it will not be displaced during rolling. After the wick is firmly in place, it is time to create the candle.

Slowly, roll the beeswax sheet over itself. Keep the rolls tight so no gaps are present in the wax. Continue rolling until the entire sheet is finished or the candle is as wide as you would like it. Larger candles like pillars have one or three wicks depending on width.

Cut the wick at the bottom even with the bottom of the candle. Trim the wick at the top of the candle until it is about half an inch long.

Create beautiful candles in various sizes and shapes. Kids can use their creations as homemade gifts or to decorate the house for the Christmas holiday.

See, it was extremely easy! And now you know how to easily make your own beeswax candles 🙂

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