We've been busy making lemonade out of lemons here lately. A flood in the basement kick-started my Spring cleaning a little earlier than usual. ;-) I do actually love Spring cleaning and I likely would not have made as much time as needed for it this year (since this week I'll start seeding the greenhouse for the market garden and things will just keep getting busier after that) so I'm choosing to find the silver lining in the flood in this way. All the Spring cleaning upstairs is already done and, as soon as restoration work is finished, the downstairs will all be deeply cleaned as well.
Awhile ago I decided to try out the homemade dry laundry soap that I've seen on other blogs instead of making my usual liquid laundry soap. I used Dr Bronner's peppermint soap and enjoyed the scent so much that I decided to try making my next batch of homemade soap with peppermint oil.
The boys helped me to make it the other day and this morning I cut it into bars to cure. This is the first time I tried making an all vegetable shortening recipe (other methods here and here) and it came out well and will make a nice bar to use in the laundry soap recipe. I followed the excellent video tutorial on this website (there is a fantastic amount of soap-making info. there).