is turning out to be longer than I thought.
Who knew I'd have so much to say about
And, I never thought I'd be one of "those" women who make their own detergent.
All those years we lived on a teacher's salary, laundry soap was a luxury.
I shopped sales, used coupons, did rebates and used as little soap as possible.
Once my sweet hubby surprised me and with a gift ~
a 25 pound box of name brand laundry detergent.
I was thrilled.
I was overjoyed.
I was speechless.
I could look forward to months of laundry without worrying about
the next sale,
the next coupon,
the next rebate.
Unfortunately, I was also allergic.
Days of itchy hives later, I figured it out.
I hated to break the news to my hubby
that his love offering was ruining my life.
A sympathetic neighbor offered to trade
my box of soap for her new box.
I'm still grateful for her kindness.
That would have been a good time in my life
to know how to make my own laundry soap,
but nobody talked about it,
there was no Internet, and no way to find out this secret.
Now, I'm at a time where I don't have to pinch pennies
until boogers come out of Lincoln's nose.
(yea, I made this up)
Now, we're making our own laundry soap.
My daughters wanted to learn,
so I was the support team.
OK, so I'm not really one of "those" women,
but my daughters are!
I bought them a bucket.
That was the extent of my involvement.
But, it's a really, really, really special bucket.
I didn't want a traditional bucket with one a lid
you can't get off without biting your tongue so you don't say a bad word.
I've lost some strength due to health issues,
and I didn't want a lid I needed help to open.
I also didn't want to break a fingernail.
That's a catastrophe, ya' know!
As I hunted around our local hardware store, asking the teenage worker
a lot of questions, he finally offered this amazing solution.
High on the top of the shelf, they offer this cool lid for their 5 gallon bucket.
You pop the lid down into the can, but the inside piece unscrews easily.
See how easily the lid unscrews?
I love the lid.
One fresh batch of laundry soap, waiting to be used up.
You're probably wondering what kinda' spiritual analogy
I'm going to bring up about soap.
While searching my Online Bible for a verse on soap,
I doubted I'd find one. I couldn't think of one off the top of my head.
I was wrong.
Though you wash yourself with lye,
and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,”
says the Lord GOD.
Soap works for bathing and laundry,
not for removing our sins.
Iniquity is a sin committed on purpose,
therefore the consequences are greater
than for unintentional sin.
Trying to remove our sins by cleaning up our own act,
The Lord calls our "good deeds" filthy rags.
When I was in college, my little fellowship was active in campus ministry.
At the beginning of each year, we passed out thousands of Gospel tracts,
aiming to give each student at the University of North Dakota the good news.
We also had Bible studies, the young men did open air preaching,
and we all shared the Gospel on an individual basis.
I'd witnessed to John and he wasn't interested in the Gospel.
However, the next Fall, he joined our group
and was frantically passing out tracts on a street corner.
I said, "John did you get saved?"
John looked confused, "What?"
Rewording my question, I asked, "Did you trust Christ as your Savior?"
He was still confused and didn't answer.
Finally I asked, "Why are you passing out tracts with us?"
John's answer broke my heart.
"Well, I did some really @#$%#$ stuff this summer, oops,
sorry, I mean some bad stuff, and I'm trying make up for it."
No matter how I explained the Gospel, he refused to hear.
He felt passing out tracts would cleanse his soul from stains.
He was wrong. He was using "much soap" instead of the blood of Jesus.
Go ahead, make your own laundry soap.
Just don't try to cleanse yourself from sin,
go to the Savior.
For some fun tips and recipes for scented soaps,
visit my friend Kimmie's blog,
She delightfully describes herself as
"Mama to 8 children, one homemade and 7 adopted,
married to my handsome Knight and daily following hard after Jesus."
If you still want more recipes try Tipnut.
You can even make it in powder form.