DIY Sensitive Skin Laundry Soap

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Last November I made a batch of laundry soap inspired by a recipe found on Pinterest (www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com) but edited for my sensitive skin family. There are a million out there, but they start with the same basic ingredients and build from there.  It has worked wonderfully and I need a new batch nine long months later.  They say it lasts a year but with two little mud monsters we do a lot of laundry.  Plus, I have on several occasions washed the same load multiple times because I am easily distracted and forgot that I started laundry until the next day when I go to start laundry…  so in retrospect, maybe it does last a year if you have better follow-through than I do.  Stop pretending you have never done it.  😉  Nevertheless, nine months for $CHEAP is good enough for me!

To make for sensitive skin:

One box of Borax – 3.97

One box of Super Washing Soda – 3.97

Three bars of Fels Naptha – 2.91

Two containers of Oxiclean Free – 15.04

One big container to mix it all in – found an old portable file box for free

Grand Total with tax (minus $1.75 in physical coupon savings from the Oxiclean packaging) was $26.63 and I scanned my receipt into that Walmart “Savings Catcher” app for even more savings, but it takes a few days to process.

UPDATE: Saved $1.06 on the Savings Catcher app.  Sweet!  $25.57 new total

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Grate the Fels Naptha bars, shown here in rough shred.  My husband got home during this step and said “what smells so good in here?” – I love that considering most sensitive skin products have no happy scent at all.  I took the pile in my hands and rubbed them together to further break down the shreds into very small pieces.  Next you literally dump everything together in your big container and stir, stir, stir until well incorporated.

image (9)I then use the Oxiclean container and a 1/8 cup scoop for space saving in my laundry area.  Store the rest in a cool dry place.  I typically do “Super” loads as my washer calls it and I use 1/8 cup for that full load.  Adjust as needed.

Don’t you love how I put instructions on the lid?  I am preparing for the day when one of the three fellas I live with does the laundry….Bah ha ha ha ha!!  I crack myself up.

Easy-Schmeasy Pillow Cover

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I live for the quality Hand-Me-Down.  Whether it be clothes from the older cousins, great-grandma’s recipes, or these pillows that just needed some love and attention.  These pillows are feather-stuffed and fabulous….except for the stains and broken zippers.  We’ll look past that and see them for their true value of feathery softness!!  They will look great on my other recent hand-me-down, a huge brown microfiber sectional couch in nearly-new condition.

This guide is very easy, but very non-specific so you can apply it to any size pillow you are updating.  I would like to thank all of the perfectionists for stopping by.  I truly do appreciate you but this day is not for you.  There are no measurements, just a method of assembly. Read on if you wish, but any hair-pulling on your part will fall under the “I warned you” category.  😉

So, here is what we are working with – large dingy old pillows with broken zippers but they are stuffed with feathers just waiting to be loved!  Fluffy and cuddly and yes please!  One final goodbye:

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GOODBYE!

First, bring your pillow to the fabric store with you.  I didn’t because I am a rebel but you should unless you also throw caution to the wind.  I figured I’ll just make an awesome bag out of any leftovers.  You will need three layers of fabric just larger than the size of your pillow.  See pic:

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After you cut something similar to the above pic (times 3), you then cut several inches off of two of the layers on one end.  I ended up cutting off more (3 inches shown) – cut off about 6 inches or so depending on how large the pillow is that you are covering.  Major “ish” factor applied.  It doesn’t matter as long as you leave plenty of room for overlap.  (I folded the fabrics up so you could see all three layers – nothing special happening there, just visual clarity.)

2014-03-06 12.12.53Next, on the two short ends that you have cut:  SEPARATELY make a clean edge each.  Fold under twice and sew as shown.  We are just making a pretty edge for the opening.  Again, no need to measure as long as you can handle a straight line.  If not, iron before sewing to make life easier.  See below:

2014-03-06 12.15.52Now we are going to assemble the pillow.  Essentially, we are making an envelope.  Place the largest piece right-side-up.  Top with the two smaller pieces, overlapped in the middle right-side-down (so right sides are together) and pin all around the edges.  Sew all four edges and clip the corners.  Turn right side out and stuff with your pillow.

A few hours (and 700 distractions) later….(excuse the toys in the background)

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Enjoy your gorgeous new pillow at an insane savings.  Decorative pillow covers can cost you well over $50 per pillow in large brand name stores.  For this set of four, I spent under $20.

If DIY is not for you, visit Heather at Castaway Cove Decor on Etsy.  She has beautiful covers at a very fair price.  She also provides her scraps to me for my bag creations – Thank You Heather!