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Laundry Detergent Monday!

Well, it’s Monday!

The weekend was long and to be honest I love a Monday morning!   I just love getting back into my daily routine, after a very out of ordinary weekend.  This particular Monday is laundry detergent making Monday.  I have had family and friends to ask me to post my “recipe”.  I would love to take credit for my “recipe”, but I can’t.  I first found it many years ago on a homeschool mom’s blog.  It has been so long ago, that I am sorry to say, I do not remember which one.  None-the-less, I am ever so grateful.  I have tweaked it here and there, and my “way”  follows with a few photos.

I gather my ingredients:

Laundry Detergent 1

1 bar grated Fels-Naptha (I place the bar of soap in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to make the grating process much easier.  Make sure you break the bar apart to quickly cool it to avoid burning your fingers).

1 1/2 cup washing soda

1 cup Borax

1/2 jar of my favorite Gain fragrance


First things first, I add the grated soap to my pot, then add four cups water and simmer until the soap has melted and looks like the following photo:

Laundry Detergent 3

When the soap is totally melted, add the washing soda, stir, then add the Borax, stir, then the fragrance.

Pour this mixture into a 5 gallon bucket, add hot tap water to fill the bucket to nearly full.  Stir the mixture very well, and put the bucket lid onto the bucket.  Let set overnight, then open the lid and stir the mixture very well.  You can keep the mixture in the bucket or place into smaller containers.

I use 1/4 cup for lightly soiled clothing, and 1/2 for very soiled clothing.

You can use this mixture to pre-treat stubborn stains, as well.

Happy Monday! 🙂

Receive Comfort Today

(Written by:Sharon Yarbrough)

The Cattle WERE Lowing………………

Hebrews 13:1-4;5-6

As I prepared for sleep last night, I could hear the cows bellowing.  I knew it was time to begin weaning the younglings from their mothers, but I had not thought about the lowing that would ensue.  The mothers wanted to put their children to bed, and the younglings wanted the comfort of being with their mothers.  Sometimes, it is the sheer determination for comfort that will bring us to our Comforter. 

During the night, the calves were still trying to get to their mothers. 

I was awakened this morning, as every morning lately, by my puppy Otis, who was desperately ready for his morning walk.  I am not by nature a morning person.  What better motivation to get you going in the morning than, a puppy wanting to take care of his business outside.  Well, I struggled out of my slumber, put my clothes on, obviously, not fast enough for my morning companion. He was whining, dancing, and just rushing me along.  We made it outside, and met the lingering bellows of the night before.  We were walking happily along,  until, I noticed cars slowing on the road and speeding up again.  I immediately knew that the cows were out, and WERE IN THE ROAD!  I turned around, and began running toward the house, yelling, hoping someone would hear me, so I could stop running.  Remember, before, I was barely awake, and now running full throttle! 

I got close to the house and my husband came to the door, and I shouted to him, “the cows are out and in the road.”

He quickly threw on his clothes and shoes and was in his truck before, I could ask him what he wanted me to do.  After a while he returned to the house, with the news; they had gotten the cows back into their lot.  He finished his breakfast, and was off to finish his morning chores on the farm; as if nothing had gotten him off track.  I am still recovering from my morning walk, uh, run. 

“Sometimes, it is the sheer determination  for comfort, which will bring us to our Comforter.  I am so thankful, that I have a Comforter to call out to in my times of need.”  When I feel separated and alone, I call on Him and am comforted beyond measure.  I can feel my pain, because I know the one that will take my pain away.  How sad for those without a Saving Comforter, what do they feel?  Most likely, desperation, solitude, fear, hopelessness, surely, this leads to numbness.  Not being able to feel anything, isn’t that death, eternal death! 

 Oh, Jesus, my prayer today, is for those who are suffering from eternal death.  I pray that they feel the comfort that only You can give.  I pray, they call out to You today, and grasp the eternal comforting life, only You can give.  Lord, please help us that know you, share your love to those in need, to be a comforter to those that do not know to call out to you. 

Hebrews 13:1-4;5-6

  1Let brotherly love continue, 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.  —5Keep your life free form love of money, and be content with what you have for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  6So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;

     I will not fear;

What can man do to me?”


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