Sunday, July 19, 2015
I hope you are enjoying your July! Our family has been having a great summer and enjoying the great outdoors! We just went rafting on the Trinity River yesterday with all the kids and 2 grandkids! Great fun and as a Mom, I love to see my kids getting along and playing in the water together and laughing! It makes a Mom's heart melt, right?
I also have been busy with prepping for the upcoming fairs and bazaars this fall and holiday season along with working on getting more organized in a small room with all of my soap stock, all the other products and the endless supplies. There is only so far up that you can go!
So today I wanted to talk about laundry soap! Of course, I make my own. Do you? It is a super easy process and I have been using it for years and using it in my HE machine…no problem and no more specialized expensive soap! Ya Hoo! I find my clothes just as clean. I scent my laundry soap with lavender as well and then hang them out on the line to dry…oh I love this! And yes, sometime I do dry them in the dryer if I am in a pinch! So ya wanna know how to make your own liquid laundry soap?
Here is my recipe…just 6 super easy steps!
Step 1: Grate one bar of soap (approximately 2 cups) with cheese grater or food processor. I use my scraps from The Essential Olive, www.theessentilolive.com. It is a great soap and not harsh as the suggested bar is when you look up a recipe on the internet.
Step 2: Put grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
Step 3: Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
Step 4: Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
Step 5: Cover and leave overnight.
Step 6: Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers. Add Essential Oil if preferred. My favorite is Lavender!
Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
This recipe is a great way to save money on laundry soap….are you ready….it costs approximately .05 cents a load and washes about 80 loads at 1/2 cup per load. Ya, that is what I am talking about! I love homemade and I love saving $$$. So where can you get soap scraps from? Shop no more…just email The Essential Olive at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the 2 cups of grated soap laundry soap for $5.00. Or if you want to save yourself some time, you can ask for the laundry soap deal which comes with 2 cups of grated soap, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soap for $8.00. I can ship it to you for $5.05 USPS, just add heat & water! (Or if you are local, I will happy to meet you in town.)
I also buy a gallon of vinegar, add 10 drops of any essential oil you like (I like Lavender) and use that as my softener. Then for my dryer, I made homemade dryer balls! They work like a charm…again saving me $$ on dryer sheets. I purchase my Essential Oils from www.essentialthree.com and if you order them through me, you receive a 20% discount. (I love this company for the fact that I can talk to the owner directly with all questions and she is super friendly, helpful and full of knowledge. They are not a MLM and they are good, honest people to work with, plus they are located in Medford.)
If you have any questions about ingredients or the laundry soap, I will be happy to answer them…just email Debbie at email@example.com.
Moving on….. and if you didn't know I not only sell soap and sundries, but tea! For the rest of July, Provence Tea is on SALE!
Provence Tea is a Rooibus tea made with Lavender, Rosehip, Elderberry, Rose flowers and Blueberries! It is the absolute best. I love it hot and cold. I love my hot with some rich cream and a little sugar (or honey) and cold with milk, ice cubes and a touch of sugar. So so so so yummy!!!! I drink a cup almost every night before I go to bed and I feel like I do sleep so much better…even if it is a hot night, I drink my hot tea….so good, so calming and so relaxing! You can order yours at www.theessentialolive.com
So off I go…have a great rest of July, enjoy those kids and grandkids and life…it is a beautiful life.
Quote for the day…..Every Situation I Encounter gives me the Opportunity to think Brilliantly!
Posted by Debbie at 1:35 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Hello and Welcome to The Essential Olives Blog!
I am excited that you are reading this and my hope is that you will find an experience of freedom here. A freedom to take what I have researched, learned and applied to my own life and take it for your own.
Yet there is so much to write and learn about. One of my goals in life is to never stop learning about new things and having a wealth of knowledge. So first, I will tell you my why so you can learn about me.
#1 Why: Why am I doing this blog? Well, I want to give you knowledge and I want it to be fun, not boring. Learning should never be boring!
#2 Why: To make you aware of The Essential Olive’s products and how they are beneficial for your skin.
#3 Why: To build community and connection with like-minded people. To share ideas, thoughts and experiences.
#4 Why: To get back to the basics of life being simple.
#5 Why: So you can have great products to have healthy skin.
Somehow I am sure this Why list is not exhaustive and I am sure that it will grow.
So #1 Why will cover a wide variety of subjects like soap being biodegradable, different essential oils and their uses, recipes for homemade cleaners (maybe even some yummy, easy & nutritious ones too!), life lessons, gardening tips and the list goes on & on. This then leads us to #2 Why which is what this blog will be about.
I’ll begin by saying that I love making homemade anything. I make homemade breads & jams, homemade laundry soap and window cleaner and of course homemade soap. I have also made quilts and rugs and wooden shelves and a rocking horse for my daughter. I also garden, can my foods, home schooled my children and have made my husband many homemade shirts. The gals where I work PT now call me Pioneer Woman or Susie Homemaker. Either title, I am proud to have. I love being home and tending to the basics of life.
The Essential Olive was started for this love of homemade…with soap. My neighbor taught me how to make soap using tallow, water and lye…just three simple ingredients. (Which btw, real soap is made with lye!) So there I was….rendering down the tallow, heating up the lye and water and then mixing them all together to make…SOAP! I loved it and was hooked. I kept making soap and more soap and then added lip balm, body butter, massage oil and more. Currently, I am learning about the benefits of essential oils. Oh…..the knowledge and things to create are endless.
In a nutshell there it is and before I close I want to make a few confessions…the first being, I know this is short…but I want to keep it simple. We are so busy with life that I want it to be a quick & easy reader. Second…I am not very "computer savvy" so bear with me! Lastly, if you have any questions or thoughts, I would love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my website at www.theessentialolive.com.
Thanks again and we will see you next time! P.S. Don't forget to like me on The Essential Olive's Facebook page!
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Posted by Debbie at 2:18 PM