Monthly Archives: March 2016

Homemade Laundry Soap… Just My Version. Bonus: Felt Dryer Balls

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1 – 4 oz bar of soap, Zote, Fels Naptha, or homemade soap. Don’t use a soap with moisturizer.

[I used a bar of vegan soap that I bought from a speciality store]

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

[I actually found the soda and borax right to each other at my local grocery store]

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I used an old mandolin slicer to shred up the soap. You can cut, chop, slice, whatever.

I put in that container with 2 cups hot water, stirred it up, covered it and let it sit for 2 days. [soap needs to be totally melted, no lumps]

Then I mixed it up with a mixer. You can use a blender, food processor, but this was easiest and least messy.

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In Another container I mixed 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda and 2 cups boiling water.

Mix it up, then pour into soap mixture and blend/mix/process.

Should be syrupy consistency. Will harden up a bit when it sits.

Then I put in airtight container and set it and a tablespoon in the laundry room.

Instructed hubby on how to use. For HE front load washers, and ALL washers, put a tablespoon full directly in with clothes.

Wash! for whites, I add a bit of oxy clean mixed with water in the soap dispenser. But most times I don’t.

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BONUS DIY

Felted Dryer Balls

Pretty much all I did was find some 100% wool sweaters and wool yarn at the thrift store and cut up the sweaters into thick strips.

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Rolled them up and took the yarn and wrapped the strip up until all covered and round shaped.

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Put them into a nylon, tied them off and washed and dried them with a load of towels twice.

Took the nylon off and dried them a few more times. and VIOLA!

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these ones that look funky are the ones I just took a sweater sleeve and rolled it up… they came apart and now are a toy for my dog.

http://earthfriendlytots.com/felt-dryer-balls/

Here is another tutorial that is much better than mine!

Musings on.. The Best Question Ever

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Best-Question-Ever-Foolproof/dp/1590524624

I tried really hard to hate this book, but man, oh man, is it good.

Simple, concise, a bit of funny and chock full of wisdom.

This Quote from the book was my favorite and its in the back at the A-HA moment where Andy Stanley, Pastor and Pastors kid, states “Wisdom begins when we recognize the God is God and then respond accordingly. The proper response, of course, is surrender.”

 

The quote: Every single day we benefit from the way God designed things to work. Everything we claim to have created in our human endeavors finds its ultimate source in something God created that we simply discovered and manipulated. Every time we take a breath, we declare our dependency upon and submission to the Father physically. Why then are we hesitate to submit our will? …..The beginning of wisdom is recognition of and submission to the One who designed things to work the way things work. 

The chapters explain how the best question ever relates to time, money and morality.

I love the way he explains the 5 things we do with our money

  1. spend it
  2. repay debt
  3. pay taxes
  4. save it
  5. give it

and how that list should be flipped upside down according to the best question ever.

The making a list with the four words:

Physically

Relationally

Professionally

Spiritually

and writing behind them one thing you can begin doing that, if done consistently, would have a positive effect on that component of your life.

You have to be honest when you answer questions in this book and look deep inside to answer the best question ever.

It is worth the quick read.

 

Ephesians 5: 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

A Most Uncomfortable Question and the courage to ask it.

The Home Engineer