Laundry detergent 2.0 January 21, 2021 12:30


½ cup bar soap grated (I have used Fels Naptha, but it’s still store bought soap with potential cruddy stuffs in it, now I use my own bar soap that I make so that I know exactly what’s in it, If using homemade soap or castile soap I tend to use a whole bar to get the same gelling effect)

½ cup washing soda

½ cup borax powder 

~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~

Two one gallon jugs to put your detergent in, or a bucket with a lid. ( I use old Arizona Tea Jugs they work great!)

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Put about 6 cups of water on to boil, add the grated soap, and washing soda and borax to the water, Stir continually this mixer will begin to foam, just keep stirring by the time the soap and powders dissolve I pour this in to the bucket of one gallon HOT water and then Stir until well mixed it starts to thicken just a little, I then add 6 Cups of cold water, stir vigorously.

Pour in to the bucket, it will gel up as it cools, after it cools for a few hours I blend it with a stick blender until smooth, I then let it sit overnight and blend again in the AM.  At this point it should be just pour-able so pour into jugs,  you use about 1/4 to 1/3 cups per load.

I also add Essential oils depending on what’s going on at the time in my family, for normal every day I add 5-10mls of Lavender and the same of Tea tree oil to each gallon, If it’s cold & flu season I add 5-10mls of eucalyptus to each gallon as well. Another option would be to add a Thieves oil blend 10-15mls to it for that extra cleaning factor.


**Side Notes about the soap** 

 ~The finished soap will not be a totally smooth gel, but it is pretty close, I still have to give it a shake before I pour it in the washer most of the time, because it still settles a bit.

 ~The soap is low sudsing soap.  Which means it’s totally ok to use in Frontload/HE waters that require low sudsing soap, and really it’s not the bubbles that clean your clothes that is only true of washing skin ;)

It works great and even our gym clothes smell good once they are out of the wash, I also add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the wash and rinse cycles :)  Perfectly clean and no gross detergent leftovers and I wear A LOT of black so I would know . 

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin December 6, 2014 20:15

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin

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Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin - combine anti-viral and antibacterial herbs with fruit juice and honey for a healthier sweet treat.

If you’ve been watching the reports about an unusually strong respiratory virus sweeping across the U.S. and looking for more ideas to give your family’s immune system a boost, you may want to give this recipe a try – or make your own variation.

I made “jello flu shots” by infusing immune boosting herbs in finger gelatin made with fruit juice.  Call them what you like, and enjoy some extra anti-oxidants and cold and flu fighting herbs. 

These are not made from the prepackaged gelatin dessert.  The color comes from fruit and vegetable juices. They are thickened with plain gelatin, or agar agar can be used if you need a vegan alternative.

Which Herbs Boost the Immune System?

There are many herbs that boost the immune system, although not all of them are “jello-friendly”.  For instance, I know garlic jello is just not going to fly.  Body and Soul~Mind and Spirit lists arandanon, astraglaus, calendula, cat’s claw, echinacea, garlic, ginger, hyssop, sage, St. john’s Wort and turmeric.  Everyday Health lists cinnamon (and carrots and grapefruit).  Natural News lists echinacea, ginseng, garlic, bell peppers, ginger, turmeric, gingko biloba, ganaderma, astragalus and cat’s claw. Mint family plants such as peppermint and lemon balm are also anti-viral.

For ease of use, I grabbed some cinnamon sticks and dried ginger root, some mint leaves and echinacea tea.  I encourage you to experiment with different combinations.  Do always check for any drug interactions if you are on medication.  Most common culinary herbs are pretty safe, but there are a lot of meds out there so it’s best to double check, especially if you’re consuming in quantity (meds or herbs or both).

Immune Boosting Herbs in Finger Gelatin


  • 4 envelopes (1 ounce) unflavored gelatin  (That’s 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon of bulk gelatin) Knox Gelatin is readily available at most grocery stores.  Great Lakes Gelatin is certified Kosher.  You could also substitute agar agar.
  • 1 cup cold fruit juice*
  • 3 cups fruit juice, heated with herbs or 2 cups hot fruit juice plus one cup tea*
  • 2 tablespoons honey, optional

*Possible fruit/herb combinations include:

Apple/Cinnamon/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 3 cups hot apple cider simmered with 2 cinnamon sticks and 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Apple-Carrot/Echinacea – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice, 1 cup echinacea tea

Apple-Carrot/Ginger – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups carrot juice plus 1 cup apple cider, simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger

Apple/Mint – 1 cup cold apple cider, 2 cups hot apple cider, 1 cup peppermint tea

Pomegranate/Lemon Balm – 1 cup cold pomegranate juice, 2 cups hot pomegranate juice, 1 cup lemon balm tea

Orange/Ginger – 1 cup cold orange (or carrot) juice, 3 cups hot orange juice simmered with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger root or 1 teaspoon fresh ginger


Prepare hot ingredients – If using juice with herbs, place juice and herbs in medium saucepot and simmer for 10 minutes.  If using tea, brew tea and let steep for 10 minutes, covered, then mix with juice in saucepot and heat to boiling.

apple spice jello

Sprinkle gelatin over cold juice in large bowl; let stand 1 minute.  Add hot juice and stir until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes.  Stir in honey if desired.  Pour into 13x9x2 inch pan. (Half batches can be molded in a bread pan or 9×9 pan.)

finger jello

Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.  To serve, cut into 1 inch cubes.  Makes about 9 dozen.

The boys, not too surprisingly, liked the apple/cinnamon/ginger best, but I’ll keep experimenting.  I think this is a fun way to get in more herbs.

P.S. – You could use spiced elderberry wine for a grown up version.  ;-)


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