Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | By: Lynny Prince

Homemade Laundry Soap and Other Musings!

Hello friends! I am going a bit off topic of my regular blog to bring you my adventures in soap making. Lots of people are asking how I made my own laundry soap and fabric softener, so I am posting it here for all to see. It was quite an experience and took a couple of hours, but when I think of all the money I will save, I think it's well worth the time put into it. (which really isn't that long.)

So, as I stated on my FB page yesterday. I made my own homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener. Yes, in between everything else I have going on, I did manage to find time to do this! I am tired of overpriced laundry soap and wanted to give this a whirl. It is nice to know exactly what is in the stuff I am washing our clothes in, and who needs all the chemicals anyway?

Before I begin, it is important to note that you need to do this on a warm day so you can open the windows. You also need to be aware that its a good idea to pour the powder into your container outside in fresh air. If not, I recommend a face mask for sure! I was lucky enough to enjoy unseasonably mild weather in my town yesterday, so I had the windows open and was out on the porch when pouring the powders into my container.

With all that in mind, here's how I did it:

1. I purchased 2 bars of Fels Naptha soap, a box of 20 Mule Team Borax, a box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, a half gallon of distilled white vinegar and a 22 oz. bottle of Suave lilac hair conditioner.

I didn't take pics of everything I purchased, but everyone knows what the products look like, I think, and it is all found in the laundry isle. I found the stuff for the laundry detergent right together on the same shelf, in fact, all at Walmart!

First step is taking the Fels Naptha and cutting it into 3 equal pieces:

Put one piece into a paper bowl, and microwave on high for one minute, NO LONGER OR IT WILL BURN! If your microwave sits above your stove, turn on the exhaust. Open windows in the kitchen, too. The soap does not have an unpleasant smell, just a strong one. I nuked my soap one piece at a time.

When it comes out of the microwave, it will look like this:

Let this "blob" cool for at least 15 to 20 minutes. It is quite hot and you will be putting this in a big ziplock bag, so you don't want to melt it!

Next step is putting it in that ziplock and squeeze all the air out of it. Begin to "squish" it so that it crumbles inside the bag. I got it to crumble so far, and then I took a glass with a flat bottom to continue smashing it down into a powder.
<------This is just about done here. I gave it a few more smashes just for good measure. It's quite easy to work with once it cools down.

Once I was done with that, I started to transfer it into my container. I just used an old pitcher type of jug I had gotten from the Dollar General Store a few years ago. I worked great.

At this time, I also went ahead and measured out the washing soda and Borax, 2 cups each. I took them onto the porch and poured them into my container, then stirred it all up with a wooden spoon, alternating as I poured so it would mix evenly.  I read where others put it all in a garbage bag and mix it that way. However you do it, mix it well, and do it outside or with a mask on.

That's it for the laundry detergent. You only use two tablespoons per load. It's working great so far!
The clothes look clean and smell fresh.

For the fabric softener, you use two cups each of the distilled white vinegar and the hair conditioner. Add to that 6 cups of hot water. Mix well, but don't shake too hard or it will suds up a lot. I used an empty Gain detergent bottle to put my fabric softener in, not the bottle in this picture. It didn't work out well in the bottle pictured, and is much easier to shake in the Gain bottle.
I use two Gain capfuls per load, but it does not leave much of a smell. It is pleasant, not strong. I will say that our clothes are very soft, more soft than they have ever been, probably because the vinegar is helping with our hard water.

All in all, we are happy with the homemade versions I created. The clothes are clean and come out smelling fresh, not perfum-y. Other blogs I have read on this subject say you can add a few drops of essential oils into the fabric softener and I do plan to do that, too, just don't have any at the moment. I think I will try sandlewood or lemon. Will keep you posted!

If you have any questions about this, please write me on my FB page or through my website. 

Til next time, I wish you love, peace, and homemade detergent to get the frybread grease out of your clothes!! LOL

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | By: Lynny Prince

The Adventures of Author Lynny Prince!

I should probably change my blog name to "The Adventures of Author Lynny Prince" because that is my life in a nutshell. Every time I turn around, there is a new adventure around the bend!

Sorry I didn't update on the Dakota 38 ride; there was simply too much going on. Getting up before dawn, rounding up the horses, riding all day, eating and then a shower, didn't net anyone enough time to do more than collapse in the bed at the end of the day. I didn't ride everyday, but I participated everyday. Just being there was a joy. Prayer every morning and before meals, singing in the car with my sis in law, or just laying my head on my husband's chest every night, listening as his heart told the story of his day, and how much it meant to him to be there. It was all a fantastic journey I will never forget!

We are home now, and as busy as magpies in a cow pasture. We just finished the first flash mob/Idle No More event. There are more planned and I will post them on my FB pages when the time comes. I am writing like mad, trying to tie up loose ends for the release of my mothers' book, After the Glitter Fades: Wartime Poems and Other Musings. So excited about that!

Today, I want to elaborate a little bit more on the dream I had about Johnny Depp. I posted about this on my Facebook page, but there is more to the story and I wanted to share it here.

As some of you know, I had some tests run a couple of weeks ago. Due to some stomach issues, I had an endoscope to look at my stomach and see what was wrong. Aside from a bit of gastritis (inflammation) I am fine, however, I have had a sore throat ever since I woke up from the anesthesia. Yesterday, I finally broke down and went to the doctor. I have never had a sore throat for this long in my life! The sinus stuff I am dealing with was bothersome, too; headache, ears hurting etc., so, I went to my doctor. She didn't really see anything going on in my throat - that's when she told me something that hit me like a ton of bricks. "It is possible that they damaged your vocal cords during the procedure."

As many of you are aware, I am a singer. Singing, to me, is my escape, my one joy in life that I can express anytime, anywhere. No need to prove anything to anybody. No critiques like with my writings, no pressure, no competition to deal with, I just SING and it just HAPPENS and it's the best way for me to unwind and let go, and express my inner most emotions about EVERYTHING. I have been told I have a good voice - no, I have been told I have a GREAT voice, in fact! Not trying to sound conceded, just trying to drive home a point; if a doctor tells a singer that their vocal cords might be damaged, it is devastating news. I wasn't devastated because I really feel like this is a sinus issue, but the thought was in the back of my mind, "What if it's true?"

So, I prayed before I went to bed about things. I thanked the Creator for my good health and I prayed about the antibiotics that I started taking, and them being the answer to finally ridding me of this horrible sore throat I have. (I don't have tonsils, and it's not strep) I posted the dream on FB, as I said earlier, but I'll repeat it here in case you did not see the FB post:

I dreamed about Johny Depp last night. A long and lengthy dream, it was. Of course, the memory of it is fading in my waking hours, but in the dream, he asked me to sing to him and in doing so, convince him why he needed to be involved in Ghostkiller. We stared into each others eyes, and I never wavered, just stared at him and sang my song..... and he listened, intently, and then I began speaking to him about the story. He was amused, entertained and knowledgeable about it because he had already read the book. Then he said yes, he wanted to be involved. In my dream, this happened. Johnny, if you're out there, the cosmos has spoken!!!

This dream, to me, was the spirits' way of letting me know all is well with my voice. For those who follow this blog and know about the Ghostkiller Movie already, you know the struggles I have faced with the film. You know the struggles I have faced as an author, too. So to me, this dream just let's me know that my voice is going to fine, because I will be singing for Johnny Depp someday soon, and when I do, he will say yes to anything I want LOL J/K!!! Seriously, there is messages in dreams, and I believe I am going to be a-okay in no time.

Soon, I will have news to share about the second book in the Ghostkiller Trilogy, as well as other things going on. Keep on praying that things go well; this movie is on a roll! 

So, til next time, I wish you love, peace and frybread grease!