Beach Cottage DIY Laundry Powder
Mon 28th, Mar, 2011
How ya going?
Well I have been out in light drizzly rain this morning for my walk/run by the sea…the good thing about when it rains, albeit not that often, in Australia, a lot of people stay indoors, meaning my walk this morning was pretty much to myself, save a few hardcores. The view where I do my 350′s which incidentally today only hit about 200 was stunning…silvery grey with sparkles and a sailing boat right at the very back. Did I have a camera with me. Of course not.
Anyway, how’s about we talk about mixing up lotions and potions?
You like talking about that?
You know I do :-)
Well this is something I have wanted to try for myself for a long time…
so the next time I was in the supermarket I gathered up the requirements…all too easily available here, just look in the laundry aisle for the soap etc and next to the bleach for the borax.
The making of domesticities such as these is a wonderful thing…and I could put the case to you that making this is green and possibly more economical (find the recipe here) than buying it ready packaged for you…
but at the end of the day, aside from all of those, the simple mixing of a few things into a potion that smells divine is just so quietly rewarding.
I have cobbled together this concoction 3 times now…this was my second attempt you see in the photographs, the one I made with lavender and the one where I decided to grate the soap more thickly because I was bored of grating.
DO NOT MAKE THAT MISTAKE.
There is enough time in life to spend not more than a few minutes finely grating a few bars of soap…if you are going to bother with doing this in the first place, please don’t try any of my shortcuts.
Although this second attempt was ok, it still did the job, with thickly grated soap there were two problems 1. it didn’t disperse brilliantly and 2. one of my children came in from school and seeing it in its half done form thought the soap was grated cheese and happily stuffed a load in mouth when thinking no-one was looking. hahaha…come to think of it though this gives washing the mouth out of some little toe-rag who might happen to be in your vicinity a whole different meaning…I must keep that one up my sleeve
I won’t pretend this is totally without effort…you do have to pick up fairly unusual supplies that aren’t something that most of us will have in our cupboards, but other than that, it is really little more than, with some mildly strenuous grating, throwing things into a bowl and mixing for England…
Of course, at the end, you have the excuse to decant…the whole reason I embarked on this in the first place and especially if you like to play stylists when everyone else is out in the afternoon then even better…
…and of course there is something rather satisfying about throwing your own handmade detergent into the machine when all else around you is a whirl…
so that is it from me for today, thank you to all who took part in the BC ♥ Saturday Club, yep I have read what everyone has been up to…I don’t think I am going to have the time to get around to everyone though :-) and am getting through the emails but I do have next week’s mission ready to go and I am working on the button and all the other stuff…phew