Paying off Debt

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DIY: Laundry Detergent

So I have been asking around, doing a lot of research and finally attempted to make my own laundry detergent last night.

I decided to try powder, and after looking at a bunch of similar recipes I decided to try this one. Everything can be found in the detergent aisle except the Baking Soda which is in the cooking aisle. 

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- (This is optional but I went by her recommendation and added it to this batch.)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- I had to use  6 (5.5 oz) bars of Fels Naptha.

1 (4 lb) Boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

1 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (This is optional and adds a very subtle fragrance to the clothes)

You only use 2 TBSP per full load!!!

So the longest part was grating the Fels Naptha bars. Glad I’ll only have to do this about once a year. Other than that it’s just the mixing which is a little dusty. This picture shows one bar and what that bar looks like when it’s grated. I also used my hands to ‘crush’ it up smaller, but it dissolves easily in water.

Get a 5 gallon bucket & lid for storage. I called around and Sherwin Williams thankfully price-matched Home Depot’s cheaper price. This batch will fill up a little over half of the bucket.

This cost me $33 (plus the bucket for $2.79, also no sales tax in OR). This cost me a few more dollars than the website claimed, but I decided to pay for convince of getting it all in my neighborhood vs. driving around to save about $5 and waste time/gas.  This should last us anywhere from 12-18 months, which is about $2-3 per month for laundry detergent… awesome. I put yesterday’s date on the lid so when we run out I know how long it actually took us to use it.

When you use the Purex Crystals, you can reuse the bottle. The cap has 3 lines on the side and the middle line is exactly 2 TBSP.

I did one load last night and although the jury’s still out I’m pleased with it. I guess time will tell.

I would read through the original post for some tips on how to do this, it was really helpful for me as I was making a go at it.


I’ve done a few loads now and still LOVE this recipe. It smells fabulous (after wash/dry it’s just a faint scent).  I’ll try and remember to update after a few months of use!

***update 1/8/14***
It’s now been a year and a half and I still have half of the batch left.  This has been a great recipe for us! The only thing I’ll change next time is to put a trash bag into the bucket before filling with detergent to preserve moisture. It gets a little dried out/clumpy.

***update 1/16/14***
This past week the detergent got put to the true test, washing vomit out of clothes. Not just a little but all-over-you soaked in vomit. Clothes are good as new.

She Reads Truth | Soul Detox | Day 22

Today’s Scriptures: Proverbs 25:26-27 & 3 John 1:11

Today’s Reading:

Our lives are full of cultural toxins, which are those things that are culturally acceptable, but hurt our souls. Cultural toxins can be found in the books we read, the magazines we read, the music we listen to, the television shows we watch, and in the movies we watch. When we allow cultural toxins into our lives, it pollutes us. This week you will learn what God’s Word says about the dangers of cultural toxins and the importance of focusing on things that draw us closer to God.

What are some of the cultural toxins you currently have in your life? How have you seen these toxins pollute your life?

Lets just talk about emotional porn for a few minutes.

So back a few  years ago there was a huge rage about Twilight being emotional porn for younger girls, setting improper expectations of the perfect guy etc. Currently we’re seeing Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike all over pintrest, the internet, Facebook, etc. and a similar debate is being held.

The basic argument is that men are visual, girls are emotional, hence these things that tap into our emotions that we grab onto and dream about and may even get aroused about are emotional porn. Men would be chastised for openly viewing porn without shame, why are women allowed to post photos of ‘hot guys’ and make sexual comments and read these books without the same accountability being set for them? Women aren’t made into perverts, creeps or disgusting. It’s almost praised, actually. (Go feminism, be man’s equal!)

Why indeed…..

Jon and I watched The Vow a few weeks ago (ironically enough with Channing Tatum as the lead), and I’ll have to be honest. It really made me struggle with comparison of our marriage to that of the “perfect” one being portrayed in the movie. Would Jon love me if that happened? Would he fight for me, etc. It went from watching a beautiful love story to putting our relationship under a microscope and comparing it. And I talked to Jon about my struggle with it after the movie, so it’s not like it was keeping a big secret. I hate that I struggled so much with it. It left me feeling discontent for that evening although I’m married to a wonderful man who is no where near perfect, but has served and loved me in many ways in the last year. Satan wants us to use things like comparison to rip apart something beautiful, something real. And he does it anyway he can. For me it was comparing our relationship to a beautiful romantic love story in a 2 hour movie. 2 hours, clearly we only saw the good stuff. What is it for you?

This is not meant to be a guilt trip if you read 50 shades or watch Magic Mike, I was just using a relevant example. I read on a blog today that was having this debate that a wife and husband “didn’t care what turned their spouse on as long as they could reap the benefits”. And I vomited a little, and my heart broke a lot. Emptiness. That’s what we are seeing to escape, and we run to the things that empty us quicker than we can realize it’s happening.  We are destroying ourselves, we are destroying our relationships and then wondering WHY and HOW. We are believing Satan’s excuses of what’s acceptable instead of viewing things through the Truth.

Maybe you don’t struggle with emotional porn.

Maybe it’s materialism.

Maybe it’s something completely different.

Our lives are full of cultural toxins, which are those things that are culturally acceptable, but hurt our souls… When we allow cultural toxins into our lives, it pollutes us.

3 John 1v11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

What’s polluting us?

What keeps us from imitating what is good and seeing God?

She Reads Truth | Soul Detox | Day 20

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 34:1-22

Today’s Reading:

In order to face the “what ifs” of fear, you must seek God until He takes away your fears.

How different could your life be if you put your full trust in God and strived to seek Him daily?


In conversation about this, a friend said:

There is a fine line between being aware and preparing for realistic possibilities and letting yourself be controlled by unrealistic fear. In the past when I have trusted in the Lord with my fears, they seem to not matter anymore… I have to be aware of the fear I’m experiencing, identify it for what it is and make the conscience decision to lay it down

This rings so clear to me, and what a great challenge.

Especially in lieu of my life this past year and a half. Between my nephew Mikah dying, getting married, moving from TN to OR and other family situations, I’ve learned that you’re never quite prepared no matter how much you try. The preparation comes in our intentionally seeking out the LORD and choosing to trust in him; just like we choose to love, we choose not to fear. This is the groundwork for when those things happen that we can’t control.This is the best preparation we can have for anything life throws at us.

She Reads Truth | Soul Detox | Day 19

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 56:1-13

Today’s Reading: 

In order to face the “what ifs” of fear, you must acknowledge your fear and choose to trust God.

What things are holding you back from acknowledging your fears and putting your full trust in God?

3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 
4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?


I will put…. action.

Action is a choice.

We must CHOOSE to put our trust in the LORD, even when we do not feel like it.

Lord help me daily choose to trust you.

She Reads Truth | Soul Detox | Day 18

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 91:1-16

Today’s Reading:

What you fear reveals what you value the most. What you fear reveals where you trust God the least.

What things are you not trusting God with that you need to?




Fear reveals what we value, What we value reveals what we worship.

Anything we worship that isn’t God is idolatry.

And boy am I an idolator.


Yes It’s okay to care about things.  But do they replace God. Are they where we put our faith/security?
Yes it’s okay to have a healthy fear of things. Like a healthy fear/realization of your choices and consequences


Ultimately (in everything) It comes down to balance.
To find balance and choose our battles.
I would say a good balance is probably what things hinder you from giving/serving and what things help you. Anything can be good or bad, you can care too much or too little. You can worry too much or not enough.

As explained before I freak out about finances which is not okay, but it also wouldn’t be okay to just ignore them either. Stewardship is talked about in the Bible many times and can not be ignored. Stewardship of time, money etc. I have to learn a balance. Not learning to say “no” and overextending/committing yourself can be a burden to you or hurtful to others when you have to bail, etc.

Another response to fears and anxiety is ignoring them. I just have at points in my own life (and witnessing in others) adopted a “care free” attitude as an actual overcompensating for caring too much. Instead of dealing with things honestly, we suppress things that cause worry and fear and replace it with “I don’t care/it doesn’t matter”. These suppressed things rot away unnoticed until they take over, many times “out of nowhere”. Dealing with things head on can free us up to enjoy the ‘meaningful’ things in life to a longer and larger capacity than we could have other wise.


Balance  =  Freedom

Freedom from fears, freedom from bondage, freedom to truly live.