Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Homemade Fabric Softener

This weekend the boys and I made Homemade Fabric Softener. It was so much fun to make! This is definitely a project the kids can help with. Hadyn said that he couldn't wait to tell his teacher that he was working with solutions and mixtures. (that's what they're learning about in science) Perfect timing!


What you need:


1/4 to 1/2 cup scent booster of your choice (I chose Purex Crystals)
1 cup baking soda
6 cups white distilled vinegar



Instructions:


Add the scent booster to one cup hot water. I used hot tap water. Stir the scent booster and let it set. Stirring occasionally. Add one cup baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Then VERY SLOWLY add six cups of vinegar. The vinegar bubbles up so make sure you pour it slowly. You could have one big mess on your hands! This was the fun part for the boys! I added one cup of vinegar at a time stirring in between each cup. Once the vinegar is in the bowl add the scent booster. Stirring very well. Then use a funnel to pour the mixture into a container of your choice. I used an old fabric softener bottle. It filled the bottle almost all the way and then I poured the rest into an old (clean) jar.

Before using the homemade fabric softener shake the bottle/jar very well. The scent booster settles to the bottom. A few shakes is all it takes. The bottle did spew a little bit the first few times so be careful when you open the bottle!





Scent booster dissolving in hot water. 





Adding vinegar to the baking soda.






Pouring the Homemade Fabric Softener into the jar.






Ta-da!! The finished product.


This was super easy to make and way cheaper than buy fabric softener every few months. I spent about $9.00 on everything. At first I thought that was a lot seeing how most fabric softeners run about $4.00. Once I started making the fabric softener though I realized that I'll be able to make it again with everything I bought at least 3 times. The only thing I'll have to replace is the vinegar. The baking soda and the crystals will last much longer. 



Thanks for Jill from One Good Thing for the awesome recipe!! 




Sunday, February 3, 2013

Homemade Bath Salts

I can't believe its been more than six months since I've posted something. I started working on my photography blog (Rachael Knight Photography in case you're interested!) and completely neglected this one. Shame on me! :o)

I've been interested in making homemade things for a while now. Thank you Pinterest!! But never really made the time for it. I was invited to a party where you bring something to make for 10 people and everyone else does the same thing. You end up making all these neat things and going home with tons of cool stuff. I ended up not being able to go but it started the fire!

I decided to make bath salts for the party. After looking at several different recipes I decided to mix a few and came up with my own little concoction. My two boys had a blast shaking the bags of salt and we all laughed as we decided how much scent should go into each bag. Too much, not enough. It was so much fun!

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

1 cup of Epsom salts
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup of sea salt
1 quart-size freezer-grade re-sealable plastic bag
Food coloring
Essential oils
Baking sheet
Wax paper
Funnel
Mason jars



Instructions

1. Place the salts into the plastic bag.
2. Add one drop of food coloring, close the bag and shake to distribute the color. Repeat this process until the desired color is achieved.
3. Add a couple drops of essential oil to the bag, close the bag and shake to distribute the scent. Repeat this process until the desired scent is achieved, about 5 to 10 drops.
4. Spread out the salts on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Allowing the salt to dry for 2 to 3 hours.
5. Carefully pour the salts into the jar with a funnel, then screw the lid tightly to preserve the scent.





Here's what you need!






Letting the salts dry. If you look close you can see little hand prints! The boys loved this part!





This was my husbands favorite part! Why are funnels so much fun?!



I hope you enjoy making this as much as we did! Now go enjoy a relaxing bath!!