Laundry [No Grate] Soap Recipe

Ever have to go on a super strict grocery budget?  Where you're adding up everything you buy and being picky about what you'll actually leave with?  [ME]  You get to certain items that you HAVE TO HAVE like laundry soap and softener, look at the prices of them and think........man I wish that was .99 cents.  We've already helped the budget out by going 'Poo free (read about HERE) and getting rid of paper and going to cloth. (read about HERE) We try to eat as healthy as possible, raw fruits and veggies, but lets face it, healthy is not cheap.  Which leads me to looking at alternatives to everyday items.  

Laundry Soap Recipe
3 TBSP Dish Soap
3 TBSP Washing Soda
3 TBSP Borax
Water

I recycled a detergent jug I had just finished off using to put my new homemade laundry soap in.  [It helps if you have a funnel and a tea kettle.]

What To Do
Using a funnel, put the TBSP's of dish soap, washing soda and borax in your jug.  Heat a few cups of water up in a tea kettle.  Once the water is ready, fill the jug up about halfway.  Put the cap back on and shake it up a bit so the ingredients will dissolve.  Let it cool off at bit, cause it gets pretty hot, then pour enough cold water to fill up the rest of the jug. And, it's ready to use!

Tips: Dish soap we use is Palmolive with Oxy.  It's done the job very well at getting out all our stains and spots.  Have only had to use Shout once!  You could buy a more sweet smelling dish soap to make your clothes smell extra special. & I either fill the cap all the way up or halfway.  It depends on how large the load is. 

PERKS
Lasts Forever!  I do about 4 to 5 loads of laundry a week and have to make a batch of laundry soap about every month to month and a half.  In the last 6 months since starting this, the only recipe ingredient I have to buy is the dish soap.  Which we buy already.  And I am no where near going through the big boxes of Borax and Washing Soda.  They only cost a few dollars each and will last a very long long time. 
Much Cheaper
Doesn't fade colors
Cleans clothes awesomely and smells fresh!

Personally we love this recipe, it works great for us and we will keep using it!  

It took me a while to search online and find a grate free recipe.  I only ended up finding one at the time.  On this blog here:  one good thing by jillee   Looks to be a cool blog, you should check it out.

Softener Anyone? 
Right!  What do I use for softener?  I bought a couple of laundry balls at the grocery store for a couple bucks.  They do the job!  Our clothes come out dry and soft.  They do like to play hide n seek in the clothes. 



Teaching ABC's

For Pre-K we focused a lot on learning our ABC's.  We did this by learning a letter a week.  Starting with Aa and moving on till we finished with Zz.  This approach worked really well for my daughter.  Check out below what steps we took and try some out for yourself!


Learn A Letter A Week

Practice Writing In Upper & Lower Case
I found an awesome website that for free you can print out traceable and practice printing worksheets.
Every day we would practice writing the letter for the week.  To print out the worksheets click HERE.


Letter Sounds
Learn what sound the letter makes.  Practice with some letter phonics worksheets HERE.  As we learned a new letter we would sing the letter sounds song.  Learn the letter sounds song by watching this video:

Make An Animal Puppet
Click HERE to print out an animal puppet for free.
Have your child color the animal, cut it out and paste it onto a popsicle stick.
Give your animal a name and food it likes to eat that starts with the letter of the week.
For example: Adam the Ape likes to eat Apples & Felicia the Flamingo who likes to eat French Fries. 
As the weeks go by practice each animal.  The repetition helps your child recognize the letter sounds and connect it to words that start with it.  

Find That Letter!
While your out and about shopping, at the library or even at home, have your child try to find the letter for the week in both upper and lower case.  Make it fun and see how many you guys can find in one week!

Make Something
Make something that starts with the letter of the week.  We liked getting in the kitchen and cooking yummies from scratch that started with the letter.  Like brownies, cookies, fish tacos, pizza (with a cauliflower crust!) and muffins, to name a few.  
 
Once you get pretty far into the alphabet you can do lots of fun activities!  
Play The Letter Game
I made alphabet cards out of colored construction paper.  A to Z in upper and lower case.  You can play many ways with alphabet cards.  
For example:
Throw out 3 cards at a time and ask a question.  Throw out another 3, ask a question and so on.  

Question examples:
Which card is the ____ card? (pick a letter)
Which card starts with your name?
Which card makes the ____ sound?
Which cards are upper case?  Lower case?
Which card does ____ start with? (pick an animal)

I'll also lay out all the cards, out of order, in upper case.  I'll hand my daughter a lower case card and have her find it's match.  She gets excited every time she finds a match. 

ABC Magnets
I bought some alphabet magnets at a school supply store in town. Put them up on the fridge and have your child practice spelling out their first and last name.  Also, recreate the story of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on your fridge.  Check that out HERE. 




Along with learning a letter a week, we also learned a number a week.  We stopped at 20 and weekly reviewed counting, recognizing and writing 1 to 20.  Print out number worksheets HERE.

*It's made me one proud mommy to catch my daughter writing her name and other letters while she draws and doodles.
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