my laundry/mudroom

My most recent ‘completed’ home-improvement project! Nothing really spectacular… certainly NOT like all the DREAM laundry rooms I swooned over on Pinterest! (sigh)

Nevertheless, here’s my freshly painted [updated] laundry/mudroom. The side entrance from the garage into my house… is my mudroom. A small room which measures about 7-feet square, more-or-less, and also does double-duty as my laundry room. Such a dumb concept!! You’ve heard me comment on this before!! The MOST used entrance into the house [the only folks who come to my front door regularly are Jehovah witnesses to spread the Word)… and you get to see my LAUNDRY??!!!!

Now, a heads-up! The pictures aren’t very good because the lighting is awful! Here’s a quickie recap.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

dry rack

I was able to use my vintage drying rack (it’s collapsed in the photo). You can also see my ‘existing’ fiberglass laundry tub. Perhaps some day I’ll find an old farmstyle utility tub to replace it!!?? However, I DO plan to go shopping for a new/replacement faucet fixture.

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We removed the wallpaper and painted the walls with two coats of a satin paint  called ‘winter wheat’. The ceiling was also re-painted with ‘ivory linen’. As you can see, I did not paint the existing cabinets.

tile

I like the existing tile floor for easy clean-up.

peg coat rackI re-painted the peg coat rack [black] which is mounted on the wall directly behind the door which leads into the kitchen. It’s a catch-all for coats, hats, market bags, etc. We ‘plan’ on replacing the hollow-core doors (and I’ll have to stain/finish them when we do).

mudroom

…and there you have it! A little bit of paint and elbow grease!

Come on in and stay awhile…!!!

Homemade Laundry Soap

I made all natural, eco-friendly laundry soap! Actually, I’ve wanted to make it for quite some time. I started off with my all-natural castile soap (but you could substitute Fels Naptha ~ most commonly used ~ Zote, Ivory brands) grated fine.

SOAP serves as a surfactant to help loosen and wash away ‘dirt’.

Then I added all natural borax (a natural occurring mineral salt, sodium borate), also referred to as desert salt. It’s a crystalline powder, mildly alkaline, water-soluble, aides in softening water, loosening dirt & deoderizing ~ also found in the laundry section of your grocery store – look for 20 Mule Team brand.

Another key ingredient, a white powder is washing soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash ~ NOT baking soda which is sodium bicarbonate) to boost the cleaning and stain fighting powers without the damage of bleach. Look for Arm & Hammer brand in the laundry aisle at the grocery store.

Optional: OxiClean may be added to your ‘recipe’ for heavy-duty farm loads!

Best of all, home-made laundry detergent is skin safe, environmentally friendly & inexpensive!

LAUNDRY SOAP RECIPE:

1 bar castile/Fels Naptha soap, grated fine by hand

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

Optional: 1/4 cup OxiClean

Mix all ingredients into a granular mixture. Use 1 tablespoon per load; 2 tablespoons for large or dirty load. BTW, you could add essential oil to your laundry mixture. Also, if you have the need for a laundry rinse, use 1/4 cup white vinegar  in the rinse cycle. It will remove any soap residue and reduces static on your clothes…and won’t leave your clothes smelling like vinegar!