Six years ago, we decided to try our hand at making our own laundry detergent. It started as an experiment in saving some money, but then something happened – we never stopped. It’s cost effective and we like that this mixture leaves our clothes clean without the heavy scent of ‘mountains’ or ‘fields of flowers,’ but most…
  • Rebekah Martin - February 28, 2017 - 7:20 AM

    This is great info to have. I HATE having to grate the soap! It takes so much time!ReplyCancel

    • Moxie - February 28, 2017 - 9:56 AM

      Before we switched to the microwave method, we used the fine grater disc and our food processor. You have to rinse it pretty thoroughly before using it for food, but it’s not that bad.ReplyCancel

    • Kathy - March 1, 2017 - 9:04 AM

      Another great tip for grating soap is to use one of those rotary cheese graters with a handle, or if you’re lucky to find a Salad Shooter (remember those?) at a thrift store, use that!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - February 28, 2017 - 8:30 AM

    Can’t wait to try this. I love that it’s natural and cheap:) My two favorite things!! Thanks for the info.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 28, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    Dying to try this! It looks so simple and bonus of it looking pretty in the glass jar. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:23 AM

      So much prettier than a bright orange jug :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:05 AM

    I double the batch and use one bar of Fels Naptha and one bar of Dr. Bronners Eucalyptus. We don’t have sensitive skin in this house so it makes it smell even better without being to Mountain Fresh. I’ve been cutting the soap into smaller chunks in pulsing in our food processor which works great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:21 AM

      Ooh, love that idea! Thanks, Kate!ReplyCancel

      • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:24 AM

        I should have proofread my comment. *too mountain fresh *and pulsing.

        So embarrassed 🙄ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 2:34 PM

          The grammar police are going to let this one slide, don’t you worry.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:29 AM

    In a separate jar, mix a cup of salt (regular salt works, but Epsom does too – if you have hard water, stick to regular) and 20-30 drops of essential oils, toss in the drum of the washer before adding your clothes and you have a natural fabric softener, too!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM

      Forgot to add – if you try this, you’ll want to add vinegar in the bleach compartment for a rinse.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 12:24 PM

        Great tip! We already use white vinegar in the bleach compartment, but haven’t tried essential oils. Maybe that’s our next experiment!ReplyCancel

    • Laura C - March 3, 2017 - 8:06 AM

      Do you put the entire cup of salt in for each load, or some smaller quantity? Thanks.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 3, 2017 - 2:13 PM

        I’m not sure what you mean by salt? This recipe doesn’t call for any salt…ReplyCancel

        • Laura C - March 6, 2017 - 8:19 AM

          Sorry – question was directed at Kate’s comment. Her essential oils idea is to mix them with a cup of salt.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 28, 2017 - 9:34 AM

    I used to make my own laundry detergent… for a year or two. But then my sister sent me this and I ended up switching to a plant based laundry detergent from Young Living.
    http://www.fortheloveofclean.com/laundry-love/homemade-detergent/ReplyCancel

    • Kate - February 28, 2017 - 10:23 AM

      I second this. Good information. The Think Dirty app is a great tool if you’re looking to reduce unnecessary chemicals in your home.ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - February 28, 2017 - 9:50 AM

    I’m going to save this for later! The idea of making this myself sounds genius, especially for a sensitive skin person like myself.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 28, 2017 - 12:45 PM

    Hi, I live in Florida and spices, etc. get hardened because of the high humidity. Also, I have Oxi Clean powder that is hard as a rock. I have to use an ice pick to get small chunks off for the laundry. I’m guessing this mixture will harden up as well – thoughts?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 12:52 PM

      Huh. I’ve never heard of that, but I can see how that can be the case. Can anyone from humid climates chime in?ReplyCancel

      • Henna - March 1, 2017 - 12:36 PM

        Another Floridian here. As long as you keep the laundry soap in a closed container(same goes for the oxiclean) you shouldn’t have any issues.ReplyCancel

    • Sarah - March 4, 2017 - 6:32 AM

      I’m from deep south GA and I never had problems with mine DIY laundry soap hardening up. If you have a good airtight container it shouldn’t be a problem.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - February 28, 2017 - 1:15 PM

    Yes! I’ve been using this same recipe for a long time too, but was so happy to see your Instastory awhile back with the microwave tip. It has made the process so much better, and I feel like the ingredients mix better too, now I don’t have big sections of my container of just the Felz.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

      Right?! Microwaving has changed everything.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - February 28, 2017 - 7:32 PM

    It is usually the scent of detergent that bothers me. Is the soap scented. I use dye/scent free detergent, but it is definitely not chemical free. Also, is the vinegar a necessary part of the process or a choice for additional cleaning/softening power?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:04 AM

      The soap has a very mild scent, although it’s pretty strong once microwaved (which is why I strongly recommend allowing it to cool for an hour). However, the clothes have little to no scent once washed and pulled from the dryer!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:05 AM

        Meant to add: vinegar isn’t a necessary step! It’s an option for a little brightening and softening.ReplyCancel

        • Katie - March 1, 2017 - 10:08 AM

          Hello! I am so excited to try this. Can you please tell me about your vinegar use?, i.e., how much do you use and what do you think the benefits are? Thank you so much! I have never heard of making your own detergent before.ReplyCancel

          • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 10:17 AM

            We use maybe a half cup (or whatever the ‘max’ line is), and we pour it right into the bleach tray. People use it as a softener, although we’ve always thought that it helps to brighten white!

  • Kelly - March 1, 2017 - 2:34 AM

    I noticed that you have wool dryer balls. Do you use dark ones with your dark clothes or have you noted any shedding of “whie fiber” when using the light colored ones in your darker loads?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 1, 2017 - 8:06 AM

      We use these with whites and darks! The dryer balls don’t shed onto dark clothing whatsoever.ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - March 1, 2017 - 3:29 PM

    OMG whaaaat?! I had no idea that making your own laundry detergent was really a thing. Once we get back to our house (the contractors kicked us out, sad face) I’m TOTALLY doing this! I am so over my clothes smelling like a tropical flower explosion! Thanks for sharing, I’ve bookmarked this post :)
    -AmyReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - March 2, 2017 - 6:34 AM

    It just occurred to me that I’ve been following your wonderful blog for 6 years! The original laundry soap post was the first thing I ever found on pinterest and it led me here to you! It’s hard to fathom all of the changes that have happened during those years but I’ll always be an avid follower, so thank you for letting us be apart of your journey! Much love to you all :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 2, 2017 - 9:16 AM

      Aw, thank you for following along all these years, Charlotte!ReplyCancel

  • Deanna - March 2, 2017 - 11:19 AM

    I LOVE THIS POST! I have used this laundry soap recipe for years and love it so much…. except for the grating of the soap. I need to make a new batch soon, so I will be trying this method!! thank you for rescuing my arm from the tireless grating!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Ashley Uhl Interiors - March 3, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    So, I’m not sure I have the patience to make my own laundry soap, but, I sure do wish I had your laundry room! Haha, I love the wallpaper! An ostrich with its head in the sand? So cute!ReplyCancel

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Scott said we may need to stop calling The Scary Room, well, scary, because now that it has a floor, it’s looking not-so-scary. Maybe we just call it The Room? In any case, we installed hardwood floors, and it’s starting to lean nice and cozy with that added layer or warmth (despite the lack of trim, but we’ll…
  • Stacy G. - February 23, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    Looks great! Extra points for teamwork. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol - February 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    Looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Carol @ CAD INTERIORS - February 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

    Very informative, thanks. We have similar “floor slope issues” in our fixer…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 23, 2017 - 11:08 AM

      Ugh, these sloping floors! At least we can cheat them!ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - February 23, 2017 - 9:36 AM

    This looks so good! Our house was built in 1940, and I’d say these floors look so similar to our orginial. I’m keeping them bookmarked for when we redo our second story!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez - February 23, 2017 - 6:42 PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I knew you’d come through with an informative post!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse - February 24, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    Hey! Your scary room is turning out great, although I would’ve maybe considered keeping that sparkly vinyl ;) Way to go on that threshold and closet transitions, that would’ve kept me up at night.

    We have a similar issue in our porch, the slab underneath the one north side has settled and the floor slants to the side. Our porch table has been shimmed to maintain a level table top for years (don’t tell). I think following your lead, and doing shims and a new subfloor might be the best solution. Can’t wait to see how you tackle the trim!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 9:07 AM

      Scott’s biggest pet peeve is a table that wobbles, haha! Shimming your table until you can shim the FLOOR is a secret you can keep with us. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 24, 2017 - 3:24 PM

    Floors look great, especially that transition! P.S. I’ve been reading your stair posts daily for the past week… going to tackle my own this weekend! Fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 3:51 PM

      So exciting, good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Esther - February 24, 2017 - 4:20 PM

    Hi,

    I just ” binch read” ( is that a word?) your blog from the start of you getting the key until now for the last 3 weeks or so and I’m a little sad. Sad because from now on I’ll have to wait for a new blog! 😂 Loved every word and I’m so glad I’ve found your blog.

    Until the next one!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2017 - 4:31 PM

      Wow, we are so happy to have you!ReplyCancel

  • Josh @ The Kentucky Gent - February 27, 2017 - 2:34 PM

    Shims have saved my ass in some many projects around the house! The new floor looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Jenica - March 1, 2017 - 12:40 PM

    New floors look great, but you should probably trim back your outer boards. As the wood expands seasonally, it needs space to push into along the walls. Standard gap is a 1/2 all the way around, although expansion will really happen mostly perpendicular to the direction of the flooring. This gap is then hidden by baseboards. -a carpenterReplyCancel

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Last summer, we sold our extra long Mid Century coffee table. There was a small outcry when we shared this vlog (we hear you!), but despite our love for that piece of furniture, it wasn’t the right fit for our living room. When we first moved into this home from our former condo, we would say, ‘Our…
  • Nadia Kaplan - February 20, 2017 - 8:07 AM

    Such a lovely table, amazing that you made it yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Deuce Cities Henhouse - February 20, 2017 - 9:38 AM

    The tutorial vid rules! Love the DIY, and the new coffee table looks great in your space. Can’t believe you lived without one for so long!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 20, 2017 - 9:46 AM

      The funny thing is, we were so used to the extra space, that alone was reason enough to keep putting it off! The dogs and I liked to stretch out all over the floor with pillows. :D Now we have to move the coffee table to do that, ha!ReplyCancel

  • Jane lim - February 20, 2017 - 10:51 AM

    Do you use something else than a vacuum to clean your beautiful rug? You have inspired me to make my own DIY coffee table. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 20, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      We spot clean if needed, but otherwise, we vacuum A LOT! With 3 furry pets, fur is no joke, so we stay on top of the vacuuming.ReplyCancel

  • Susie - February 20, 2017 - 12:24 PM

    What a kick ass video! We’ve used hairpin legs for a few projects before and just loved them. Finishes off the room really well (and no more banged up shins for you!) 👏🏻

    -Susie http://www.tinyhousegiantlife.comReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 20, 2017 - 2:34 PM

    I LOVE this coffee table idea. We’re in the middle of selling ours and this may be just the one to fill the space! And I definitely understand and agree about the whole space thing… just because you have more space doesn’t mean everything has to be bigger. I was tired of bumping into our coffee table so much too. Thanks for the idea :) Love the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - February 20, 2017 - 6:00 PM

    Oh man, that video was SO helpful! I remember back when you had first posted about the Varde in your shipping room that you had discovered that you could do poly with a roller. And I was like okay but HOW because I have definitely tried before and it’s literally gloop. Clearly, my definition of a thin coat was not the right one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2017 - 9:03 AM

      Ha! Yes, VERY thin. I also go slowly, and then I do a quick roll over any area that might show tiny bubbles. It always dries perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 20, 2017 - 7:48 PM

    That coffee table is amazing! I totally want to get my husband to make one for me!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • amayra | tilecentre - February 22, 2017 - 11:52 PM

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial.Hair pin leg coffee table matches with trending concepts as well you can create one by yourself.I am thinking now I should make it by my own.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 25, 2017 - 9:19 AM

    Love this diy! I’ve been looking for a round coffee table to replace our rectangle one too, because we’re always bumping into one of the corners (ouch!) and now with a mobile toddler, it’s on our high need list. But, I’m debating between a round ottoman with a tray on top vs. an actual wooden table. Decisions decisions…

    I did go ahead and price out the wooden top from the source you linked but the shipping comes out to almost the same as the price of the item itself. However, I did find that homedepot has the same for $39.99 and you get free shipping to the store. FYI for anyone else looking to do this diy.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2017 - 8:39 AM

      Great tip! We couldn’t find a 32″ round at any of our local hardware stores, so we turned to Etsy in the end. There’s no shortage of options, luckily!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 26, 2017 - 8:54 PM

    Question, did you guys treat the raw steel legs to prevent rust?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Yup, the legs come with a small bit of wax and instructions on how to prep them before use.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 27, 2017 - 9:52 PM

    Hi you two! Thanks so much for posting this. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting to make, you make it look so easy so it’ll be a project this upcoming month! I’m from Canada, so I’m sourcing materials tonight! I need to know though, did you get that sand paper holder from Home Depot? If not, can you please tell me where? Thanks so much! XoReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2017 - 9:22 AM

      The sandpaper holder is from a brand called Gator Grit! We love it, but something else that would work is a sanding sponge (easier to hold than just a sheet of paper).ReplyCancel

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This post is in partnership with FilterEasy, a service we can really get behind to keep us, our tenants and our homes happy. First month’s on them! Some of you might know that we’re active landlords to two units, both our former condo and the garden unit in our current home. We generally live by the rule that…
  • Missy G. - February 16, 2017 - 9:02 AM

    I have been using Filter Easy for over a year now, and I LOVE it. Replacing the filter is definitely one of those important, but easily forgettable, tasks that keep your home running efficiently. We currently use the basic filter, but will upgrade once we get a pet again. (It’s been a year since we said good-bye to our girl, and Westminster got us feeling all the feels for a lovable furbaby again.)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 16, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Aw, nothing warms the heart more than a home with pets, we think. :) Happy to hear that you’re loving FilterEasy. We sleep easier with the peace of mind knowing that our tenants are able to take care of this task and keep those HVAC systems running!ReplyCancel

  • Life On Hill Street - February 16, 2017 - 10:42 AM

    I had no idea a service like this existed – thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Gooch - February 16, 2017 - 4:40 PM

    Just signed up. No more sore throats. Yo. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 17, 2017 - 9:13 AM

    I’m curious why no hardware on the furnace doors. Just to make it blend in a bit more?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2017 - 9:24 AM

      Yup. The last thing we wanted was to draw more attention to this corner.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 17, 2017 - 9:37 AM

    Yep, we are on the Filter Easy train, too. With lots of pets, changing our HEPA filter with regularity is a must, and having them delivered to us makes it brainless. Membership has been great for our little old cottage.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 18, 2017 - 10:45 AM

    What a neat service! Do you have them sent directly to your tenants, or do you go over and replace them for your tenants?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

      They get sent directly to our tenants!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - February 20, 2017 - 7:08 PM

    I love those doors! Do you have a source/supplier for these?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

      They are just louvred doors from Home Depot. :)ReplyCancel

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In what might be the most anticlimactic reveal of all time, we painted the Scary Room! Despite the lack of contrast between where we started and where we are now, painting this room has made all the difference. What was once a hodge podge of new and old drywall, yellow-y joint compound and unknown grime is now a…
  • Emily @ Go Haus Go - February 13, 2017 - 8:42 AM

    It’s looking great! I’m still amazed by all the shimming on the floor to keep the space level. I can’t even imagine what a task that must be! My brain hurts just thinking about the math—haha! Love seeing these fresh walls. Can’t wait to see the floors!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Gah, is there anything better than freshly painted walls?! It’s my drug. Thanks, Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Oksana | FOXYOXIE.com - February 13, 2017 - 11:11 AM

    This room is almost identical in size to our office-turned-nursery for our little one coming in July… I would love to see some possible furniture layouts in this space – I’m having the most difficult time figuring out ours!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 13, 2017 - 11:39 AM

      We’re not exactly sure what’s going in here, but we will absolutely be sharing everything along the way!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - February 13, 2017 - 12:02 PM

    I love the color you chose! It’s so bright and fresh!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

  • Megan - February 14, 2017 - 3:48 PM

    I noticed in the link to your living room room post you said that Intense White was matched to Valspar’s Optimus, but here you said it matched Valspar’s Reserve. Is one a typo? Or are Optimus and Reserve basically the same? Just wanted to check because I really love how this looks and want to get a sample for my own house, but we only have access to Valspar paints, so the color matching will be key!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 14, 2017 - 3:54 PM

      Such a good question! Optimus is available at Ace Hardware, where we bought Intense White for our living/dining/kitchen. We bought this gallon at Lowe’s, where they have Valspar Reserve. Neither is a typo, but either line of Valspar will color match just fine. :DReplyCancel

      • megan - February 14, 2017 - 4:06 PM

        Ah! I’m a dork. I thought the Reserve/optimus was referring to the paint color, not the specific Valspar paint line. Duh! :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • southern gal - February 15, 2017 - 5:46 PM

    YEA!!! on the way … loving the progress. as always!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 18, 2017 - 10:50 AM

    It’s going to look great! I have a question about the floors, maybe you will address that all later. I see that your contractor installed shims, then what are the next layers to get to your final flooring?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

      The hardwood flooring goes directly onto the shims. We’ll share how that went soon!ReplyCancel

  • kimberlee majdoch - March 3, 2017 - 11:18 AM

    Do you keep the ceiling a pure white then? I’m considering this paint color for my basement. I love how much the white trim pops against it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 3, 2017 - 2:12 PM

      Yes, we used Ultra Pure White from Behr for the ceiling and all the trim work.ReplyCancel

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