soap nuts even cheaper

The other day I was searching for other ways to use soap nuts.  We have been using them for our laundry for some time now, but I knew they could be used in other ways as well.  I came across a genius idea.  Which is still laundry-related :)  I’ll explore other uses soon enough.

Check out this original post on how to make a liquid soap using soap nuts.

I followed the laundry soap directions…mostly.

I boiled 12 nuts instead of 8.  After I boiled the 8 nuts in the 8 cups.  I then boiled the same nuts in 4 more cups. By doing this I made 12 soap nuts into 12 cups of liquid soap.  I use 2 tablespoons per load.

The original directions for using soap nuts in laundry is to put 8 nuts in a bag to toss into the laundry.  I usuallly reuse the bag 5 or so times.

Making the liquid has a two-fold benefit.

1.  12 cups will last at least a month but I’m thinking two (instead of 5-7 loads)  which makes this super cheap laundry soap even cheaper!

2.  The liquid soap provides an equally strong amount of washing quality vs. each load having less and less soap in it.

So there it is.  The absolutely least expensive laundry detergent ever.  The fact that it’s completely organic makes soap nuts a perfect fit for this frugal family.

save money: powdered paint

We’ve been Christmas crafting here all week, so prepare yourselves for lots of ideas and inspiration for your own Handmade Christmas busyness.

Here’s a tip on how to save money on tempura paint.

I bought this powdered paint a couple of years ago.  We don’t use this type of paint as much as water-color so it’s lasted awhile.

It’s cheap and a good way to ensure you don’t have dried up paint.  Dried up paint equals wasted paint.  I bought only colors that I couldn’t make by mixing colors:  red, blue, yellow, black, white, green (I went ahead and bought this because I knew we’d go through it fast).  I really like the control I have in mixing.  I can make any shade of pink, orange, purple, ect.  I got my supplies from Discount School Supplies.

Get your Christmas craft on!

changes for health

I have been watching lots of documentaries lately.  Three of those were food related.  Food Inc., Food Matters, and The Future of Food.  Long story short, we are currently in the process (a long one at that) of becoming self-sufficient for our food.  Nick watched them also, which took convictions I had from desires to actions.  If we agree on something it’s as good as done in little to no time.  I love that about us.  We need to know where our food is coming from, and we need it to be cost-efficient.  Buying completely organic food is not feasible for us.

It occurred to me that I was aimlessly and ignorantly eating things without even considering what exactly it was, where it came from, who made it, and how nutritional is it really. Those days are coming to an end.  With the garden beds erected, and the seeds sown, we’re on our way.

Please consider, our yard is as tiny as it can be.  Extensive research, planning, and organization is going into our plot of land.  I am guessing that we have less than 1/10 of an acre, which is why I have been reading The Backyard Homestead with enthusiasm.  As of now we are focusing on veggies, fruits and eggs (hence the chicks).  Here’s my very bad drawing of our plans.

How many of you are planning gardens this year?  What will you be growing, and how many people are you feeding?  Check out this wonderful website Path to Freedom to see how you too can use a small space for a big change.  Happy growing!