Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent. I’m making this kind with borax, washing soda, and Fels-Naptha. I like the way it cleans, and the way it makes gallons upon gallons of detergent. And the way Fels-Naptha smells. I sat on the couch, grating up the bar of soap. You

Mmmm, pretty

should try this recipe someday, if only for the fun of grating the soap. It has such a soft, waxy texture, and makes the most perfect curls. Don’t grate your fingers if possible, though I haven’t managed to figure out how to avoid it. Cooking the soaps together fills the house with clean smells and looks very much like a witch’s cauldron, especially when they come to a boil. I also realized about half-way into dissolving the soap that I don’t have a 5 gallon bucket. So I measured cups of water into a trash can, which, it turns out, holds 5 gallons! So now, laundry soap making not only makes cheap detergent, it gives my trash can a much needed cleaning. I promise, I cleaned the thing out before actually putting the detergent in…

The Right Way

I’ve been reading. Reading a lot of blogs about marriage and family life, homemaking and child-having. And having a lot of opinions about them, largely because said blogs are highly opinionated about how one ought to go about the aforementioned things. Which leads me to ponder – which things are worth believing “my way is THE way” about? Perhaps some are, and it is a kindness and an act of grace to point them out to others. But I think it might be worth my own while at least to accept that some ways of living, while they aren’t right for me, might be right for others.  I realize that this sounds extremely relativistic, but honestly, does there have to be one correct way to do everything? Do some fundamentals not suffice? So, with that in mind, I am going to embark on discussing my own experiences. Beginning, I think, with making laundry detergent.

(Also, I realize that I’m also telling people how to do things…but avoiding hypocrisy is not really my best skill)