Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Just discovering that I really am a true GEEK!

Oh My Goodness! I just really realized that I am a geek. Yes, me, your ever-so-friendly blogger is a geek, dork or just maybe a domestic goddess. I don't know which one it is, but it is one of the three.

What made me realize that I am one of the above? Well, I am off today and I decided that I was gonna make my detergent that I haven't made in a while, because I have been too busy. And then I thought, hmmm.... let's make softener while I am at it. Ok, yes, it is true, I made my own fabric softener today. Why? Well, I hate buying the other stuff and I can make my own scents if I want to.

So, this morning I headed to Abundant Living to see what they have in Essential Oils. Some of this stuff is really, really expensive for just one little bottle. But you get a lot out of one bottle. I wanted the cinnamon, but they were out. How cool would that be if your clothes smelled like cinnamon? It isn't every one that can say they have cinnamon scented clothes. I looked at the spearmint, oh how I wanted that too. But I picked up the bottle and it was rosemary, I have enough rosemary in the yard, I really don't need any more around me. But the selection was wonderful, lavendar, very popular, orange, lemon, lime (that is what I bought), rose, cedar, pine, tree tea, and I can go on and on.

When I checked out, the woman told me that they have a booklet for the uses of all the different oils. So, when I got home, I checked it out. You can make your own body splash with just the oil and water. Facial cleansers, aids in digestion, spearming relaxes the muscles, lime aid in sleep, and then they do have the things to make aphrodisiac with too....... The booklet is rather interesting though. To see what you can do and make naturally comes out better for you and for the environment. And how neat is it that you can make your own body splash with the oils? You can be different, and make your very own scent.

Ok, now back to the fabric softener. I found two "recipes" that caught my eye. I am using this one now: 1 cup baking soda, 6 cups white vinegar, 8 cups water. Pour the baking soda in clean gallon jug via funnel. Add 1 cup water and then SLOWLY, and I mean it ladies, SLOWLY add the vinegar. Why??? It will fizz up on you if you don't do it SLOWLY. Then add the remaining water. Add 10 to 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice, shake, REMOVE the lid, or it will blow off, TRUST ME! I have learned from experience. Add one cup to your rinse cycle.

I have just done one load of wash. I added it and it is now in the dryer. I will have to fill you in on the results of it. I also used my own detergent too, if you want, you can all essential oil to your detergent too. Just a few drops, the stuff is strong.

I chose the lime because, well, I only had $6 on me, and I didn't want to use the debit card for that. The lime cost $5.19 for a small bottle. I wanted some of the others. But since I have the booklet, I can make all kinds of stuff now.

I will let y'all know how everything comes out in the wash.