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Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

Some store-bought laundry detergent scents are too strong for me. I was buying an all-natural powdered detergent from a company in Canada but it was kind of expensive. A few weeks ago I ran across this detergent recipe on a fellow blogger's site. I tried it, love it, and will never buy laundry detergent again. 
Ingredients: 1 C. Borax 1 C. Baking Soda 1 C. Washing Soda (found in the cleaning aisle) 1 bar castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner's)
Leave the bar of soap sit out, unwrapped, for 1-2 weeks. This will dry the soap out and make it easier to grate. Then use an old cheese grater to turn the soap into powder. My mom found a rotary grater at the thrift store for $.50 that works great for this.   Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. I like to use a big whisk to combine the ingredients. Store in an airtight container. One batch makes enough for approximately 60 loads.

Now you're ready to do laundry. Add only 1 tablespoon of detergent per load. That's it! Hang you…

How to Reupholster a Chair Seat

Last summer I purchased a set of 6 dining room chairs at a farm auction for just $35. I loved the rich, antique wood but the stained, ripped red velvet fabric had to go.

Reupholstering a seat is an easy way to update or refresh your chairs. You will need: • Screwdriver • Staple Gun & Staples • Scissors • Foam Chair Pad • Upholstery Fabric • Batting (optional) • Wood Stain Marker (optional)
First, flip the chair over and unscrew the seat base. Underneath the old fabric you will find a chair pad. Depending on it’s condition, or if you would like to add more padding, you may wish to replace the pad with a thicker one purchased at a craft store. In my case, I decided to reuse the old pad and add two layers of batting. Cut up old blankets could also be used for batting. Place the chair pad and seat base onto your batting. Cut around the seat base leaving 3-4” of batting around all sides. Staple the batting onto the seat base, pulling the sides tight as you go to eliminate bunching. Be careful n…