You know those situations where you stress and worry…
and things go up-and-down and back-and-forth and it’s just physically and emotionally exhausting…
but then in the end things turn out as you had hoped and prayed…
and all the fear and sorrow and heartache makes the joy and happiness and peace
SO MUCH BETTER?!!!
It’s been like that for the past week, and though I can’t talk about it yet, there will be a week (at least) of blog topics on the subject sometime in the next couple of months.
In the meantime, all I can say is I am soooooo happy and relieved and this morning the snow looked so beautiful and the air felt so nice and cool.
And life was just GOOD.
On a MUCH smaller scale I have been pretty excited about something else, though it really pales in comparison to the excitement I just shared. You may know that I made my own laundry detergent and started out LOVING it. So much so, that when some of our clothing started getting a smell that wouldn’t come out, I was very hesitant and reluctant to stop using it, and very determined to find a way to make it work. I only had to make the large batches twice a year, it wasn’t tough to do, and saved us oodles on laundry detergent.
But you can’t have “clean” clothes STINK.
Since my review here where I discussed this smell issue, I tried soap nuts and still used my homemade detergent intermittently. At first the concentrated soap nut liquid seemed to rid the clothes of the smell, but after a while even that didn’t seem to cut it. I searched online multiple times, and other than some recommendations to not overuse vinegar (which I did often use to help get the smell out), I think I may finally have the solution!!!
As I was scrolling the reviews several weeks ago on the DIY Natural post for their detergent recipe, I must have come across at least one that mentioned soaking clothes first. During a discussion with a friend about Oxi Clean a few weeks prior, she also talked about soaking. And then hit hit me: Maybe I need to soak the clothes in it longer.
Maybe this is something everyone but me knows??
Mind you, not all of our clothes wind up with this smelly problem. It’s primarily synthetic fabrics…tees and hoodies from Old Navy that have a polyester blend, dri-fit types of clothing, athletic/spandex clothing, and especially stuff that gets sweaty. And even if it didn’t smell immediately out of the laundry, once I started sweating in something that smell came right back. And I found reading online that I was not alone.
So I started using the 15-minute soak option on our washing machine. The option that I wasn’t sure even existed. The one that I’ve never. used. in. my. life. But now I use it almost every load! I wanted to try it for a few weeks before I shared whether or not I felt it was working, but I have to say, I’m having great luck with it!
I’ll be sure to update you again if it doesn’t continue to be successful, but I’m pretty happy for now!!!