Just wanted to say thank you to all those who commented on yesterday's post. It really did help. Sometimes all I need is a good cry - I guess it kind of gets all the built up emotions out. So after a good weep I settled down to read my favourite blogs (I think this might be getting a little addictive). So a big thank you.
The other thing I wanted to mention is my new favourite thing - Laundry Gloop!
I was browsing the Frugaldom Forum and came across this recipe for Laundry Gloop
This is taken from the forum:-
1 Bar of soap, grated
1 cup of washing soda
2 litres water
few drops of essential oil
Boil the water in a big stock pot or similar, dissolve the soda crystals and soap in it, add the fragrance and then dilute to at least 5 litres.
You can store this in whatever bottles you prefer. I recycle 7.5 litre containers with wide screwtop lids, but a lidded bucket would also be ideal.
I make 2 lots, one has a few drops of blue dye in it to help 'whiten' whites.
FRUGAL TIP: I've been using this diluted to 7 litres and it works really well. I use the 'natural extracts' soap, which is a natural, antobacterial vegetable soap with tea tree & lavender extracts, so no need to add in extra essential oil unless you prefer a stronger scent.
So at the weekend I made a big bucket load.
I have always had a problem with shop bought washing powder. Apart from the ever rising price, it is always so heavily scented that it sets my husband's asthma off. So thought this would be a good scent free alternative.
I used Simple Soap which is fragrance free, then added some Tea Tree Oil. So 6 Litres of the stuff came to a grand total of £1. (75p for the soap and about 25p for a cup of washing soda).
But the best thing of all - IT WORKS! And at the risk of sounding like an advert, even on the filthy kids clothes. Plus it makes me feel good that there is one more thing I don't have to be dependent on the big manufacturers or supermarkets for.
Happy me :)