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Coalition takes pro-active approach at Parent empowerment conference

Stockton CA — “Raising a child is like cooking a ‘tamal’ [a traditional Latin American dish made of corn based dough], you must take the proper time to plan, prepare, cook, and serve,” explained Ildefonso Nava, Principal of Cesar E. Chaves Middle School in Planada, CA; adding, “you also need to take time to clean all the dishes…

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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent



A Facebook status from a friend sparked my interest, it read: boiling soap. I asked her, why she was boiling soap. She replied, “I’m making my laundry detergent” I was surprised and eager to learn more about do it yourself laundry detergent. She sent me a link with recipes of various forms to making the detergent, different measurements and methods but essentially with the same ingredients. I’ve heard of it before and read of people saving a lot of money doing this; however, never actually met someone who has done it and had real experience doing this.

I decided to go follow the link of recipes and tips she provided. It seemed pretty straight forward, and went with the recipe she usually does. It only requires four ingredients, water, borax, washing soda and soap bars.

That day I headed out to the store to gather the ingredients, which all are located in your cleaning supply isle at any store. The cost for the Borax was approximately $3.40 for almost a five pound box and the Washing Soda another $3.50 for four pounds, the soap bars were two for a dollar (you can use any dye or perfume free soap like Ivory or Dial).

First step is to grate the soap bars; you’ll need two cups added to a quart of boiling water, lower the heat and stir occasionally until soap melts. Have a large pail, bucket or container where you can hold 2 gallons of water, which will be the amount of the laundry detergent you will have once the process completed. Pour melted soap bars onto bucket; add two cups of borax, two cups of washing soda and two gallons of water. Stir until all ingredients are fully mixed, it will become a jelly like consistency.

Use a ¼ of a cup per load or more for bigger or heavily soiled laundry; make sure to stir homemade laundry detergent before each use.

I did laundry that day and my clothes came out very clean, as much or even more clean those name brand detergents. The benefits of making your own laundry detergent are many, one its very earth friendly. Since you are not buying detergent that comes in plastic bottles or other containers, you will be using the same container every time you make detergent; thus emphasizing on reusing and reducing waste. Second you will be having less perfume on your detergent which for many causes allergic reactions.

3rd you will be saving a lot of money; two gallons of detergent would be approximately $4.20. So next time you reach for that bottle of laundry detergent and if the price of $10.00 to $20.00; think about spending a slow Sunday afternoon making your own homemade laundry detergent and saving that extra money for a movie night or some other entertainment of your choice.

Time to Get Ready for Stockton City Leaf Collection

(Stockton, CA) – With recent high winds, tree leaves have fallen in massive quantities. Leaves must be placed in green waste carts or bagged and placed next to the green waste cart for collection on regularly scheduled waste collection days. Residents are responsible for leaves that fall on their property and the sidewalk bordering their property. Only those leaves that fall naturally into the street will be collected by street sweepers. Leaves cannot be piled or left in the street. Leaves left in the street clog gutters and storm drains, resulting in street flooding when it rains.

During leaf season – October 1 through December 31 – garbage service providers for the City of Stockton will collect up to five (5) additional bags of leaves at no additional charge; Extra Service stickers are not required. Clear bags are preferred and must only contain leaves. Bags that contain grass trimmings, branches, brush or other non-leaf content must have an Extra Service sticker. This additional free pick-up ends after December 31, so it is important to take advantage of this free additional service during this heavy leaf period.

Residents that have yard service are asked to remind landscaping service companies and yard care providers that leaves must be bagged and placed curbside by the resident on collection day, hauled away for recycling or composted. Piles of leaves cannot be left in the street.

For tips and information about additional services for large quantities of green waste, please visit or call your garbage service provider: either Waste Management at (209) 946-5711 or Allied Waste at (209) 468-3604.

Information provided by the City of Stockton

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