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I ended up with the stomach flu a few weeks ago, Hubby drove me into work and I asked him to run up to Whole Foods (AKA Whole Paycheck) and grab me some ginger ale.  He returned with a six pack of Zevia ginger ale.  I opened a can and sipped the soda, it was sweet and ginger like.  Honestly it was fantastic!  See I grew up with soda and have always been a fan, that was until I started learning about aspartame and high fructose corn syrup.  So I quit drinking soda, I have learned how to make lacto-fermented sodas and they are great but there is still something about a can of soda, call it ingrained or comfort but it is what it is.

I found myself at Whole Foods again last week.  I grabbed a six pack of Zevia Ginger Root Beer.  I’m a HUGE root beer fan, in fact I really want to make some.  I took it home and Hubby and I both tried it.  This stuff is the real deal!  There is no off taste or anything.  So I guess I’m getting ahead of myself, what exactly is Zevia?  It is a all natural soda with zero calories and zero sugar, in fact the only things listed on the label of this can of root beer I have next to me is 20mg of sodium, 7g of carbs and 7 grams of erythritol.  The soda is actually sweetened with erythritol and stevia.  What is erythritol?  This comes from Zevia’s website: Erythritol is one of those ingredients that we love but shouldn’t judge by its overly scientific sounding name. Erythritol is a natural component of fruits and vegetables. It is called a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is removed from fruits and vegetables through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt. It has absolutely no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Super safe? You betcha! In fact, unlike its sugar alcohol cousins, Xylitol and Sorbitol, Erythritol is not known to cause digestive issues.

This is not sold in every supermarket though, I found it at Whole Foods and a 6 pack is close to $6, but a $1 a can… that’s not too bad.  I have also found it at Fred Meyer (Kroger for the rest of you) but they have less variety.  Whole Foods has probably 3 shelves full of different flavors, Fred Meyer had 4 different flavors.  So far we’ve tried Ginger Root Beer, Ginger Ale, and Black Cherry, Hubby is a fan of Cream Soda so I want to try that next.  This is a great alternative for diabetics, people with insulin resistance, and children.  If you go to the Zevia website http://www.zevia.com/index you can also print off (or have them mail you) a $2 off coupon when you buy two 6 packs.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry, this stuff really tastes like soda but without all the garbage.  If you have neither Kroger or Whole Foods near you, check out the website, you can enter your zip code and find a store near you.  It’s a great “treat” after dinner, I don’t feel guilty about having sugar late and it still curbs that sweet desire I have.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff!  Check it out yourself and tell me what you think.

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I have recently become irritated with the company I buy our laundry soap from, it seems they are price gouging their customers and I am not into that.  They have just cut their bag size in half and only dropped the price $7 (from $27.99 now to $20.99) so I’m paying MORE for the same stuff.  Not ok in my book, so I am looking for an alternative.

Before I tried this company’s (name withheld to protect the innocent) laundry soap I was looking into making my own.  Honestly it seemed SUPER easy but because I am a “consultant” for this company it only made since to buy it from myself, so to speak.  But I’m done with that, I’m a moral person and this seemed like an immoral move.  So today I looked up the homemade laundry soap again and I’m still scratching my head at why I didn’t try this before.

The recipe is pretty much the same across the board.  1 Fels-Naptha soap bar, 1 Cup Washing Soda and 1/2 C Borax.  The bar of soap can be substituted for what you have.  I may in the future try some homemade soap, but since I’m first trying this out, I figured I would go with the Fels-Naptha.

Instructions are equally simple: Boil 4 cups of water on the stove, grate your bar of soap and add to the boiling or hot water.  I’ve seen two ways, one person put the grated soap in while the water was still on and boiling, another person turned off the heat and added the soap.  You do this to dissolve the soap into the water.  Then you take a 5 gallon bucket fill it half way with HOT/WARM tap water.  To that you add your dissolved soap bar in 4 cups of water, stir until incorporated.  Then you add the washing soda, again stir until incorporated.  Then you add the borax… and you guessed it, stir until incorporated.  You let this mixture cool, at that point you can add essential oils if you wish (10-15 drops per 2 gallons which seems to be about 25-37 drops).   You leave it to sit over night and when you return in the morning you have a gelatinous goo.  Appealing huh?

For top loaders you use 5/8 cup per load (1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp) What is up with the 1/8 cups (BTW 1/8C is a Tbsp)?  I see this ALL the time in my sour dough recipes.  Luckily I have a little conversion chart on my fridge, so I cheat. 😉 But this should last approx 180 loads

Front loaders use 1/4 Cup per load and should be approx 640 loads.

This is my weekend project, I can’t wait!  I think I’ll be throwing in some soap making too just because it’s been a while since I got to make some and I really enjoy it.

For the math of it all, I went to Fred Meyer (Kroger) and a large box of washing soda was $3.49, a large box of Borax was $4.35 and the Fels-Naptha soap (I bought 2) were $1.33 each.  $9.17 and I’m pretty sure you’ll get SEVERAL loads out of these boxes.  Can you buy all natural soap for $9.17?  Either way you made it yourself and it’s pretty rewarding I might add. 🙂

 

OOPS! When you fill up your containers with this soap, you only fill it half way then you add water for the rest.  Use old gallon jugs, or old laundry soap containers.  🙂

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