Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel & Minor Neuropathy will not keep me down!



 

How to Refill Reusable Dryer Sheets without Fabric Softener

Using one of the many DIY websites out there I started using reusable dryer sheets a few months ago. Here’s a link from Homemade Mama’s that is very similar to what I’ve done.

http://www.homemademamas.net/search?q=laundry+soap

For me, I got some “sham-wow” type cloths at the dollar store, and a jug container there as well, cut the cloths in half, and VOILA! They work wonderfully, they last forever, and your clothes smell fantastic!!!!

But what do you do when it’s cleaning day, hence a LOT of laundry will be done, and you realize your solution is out and you have no more liquid fabric softener on hand —- and no transportation to get to the store?

IMPROVISE!!!

So I looked into my laundry room to see what I DID have on hand. And I had some Unstoppables that my wife had bought….. but these generally go into the wash.

So I contemplated and came up with this simple idea - melt the unstoppables to create a liquid and *poof* problem solved!

STEP ONE: Use a double boiler to melt the Unstoppables.

Now I don’t have a metal bowl, which is generally used in situations like this (think melting chocolate) but I did find a glass bowl that fit perfectly into my saucepan.

Stirring constantly, and it did take a while, I finally got them mostly melted.

STEP TWO: add hot water!!!!

While waiting for them to melt I microwaved a cup of water for 5 minutes. Being very careful (I put an oven mit on!) because the cup is VERY hot I slowly added some water to the melted Unstoppables, just to make sure everything was fully liquified.

Once this was complete I removed from heat.

STEP THREE: cool down solution

Still stirring constantly I added some ice cubes to help speed up the cooling process. The original recipe calls for one part liquid detergent and 2 parts water so I was going to be adding cold water to it anyway!

Once it was cooler, but still using my oven mit, I added the liquid to my plastic container.

FINAL STEP: at this point it’s as good as having liquid detergent! So all I do now is fill the container with cold water and *PRESTO*….. reusable sheets are full and ready to get to work! Just like me!!

Always look around and improvise. You never know what you might be able to come up with!

Inspired by my MIL

Prep salad fixins on the weekend to make eating salad easier during the week!

Inspired by my MIL

Prep salad fixins on the weekend to make eating salad easier during the week!

Accessibility and visibility is key!

Don’t put new fruit in those fruit drawers. You will forget its there! Use inexpensive wire baskets to display the fresh items in your fridge. You will see them and be able to grab and go!!

Accessibility and visibility is key!

Don’t put new fruit in those fruit drawers. You will forget its there! Use inexpensive wire baskets to display the fresh items in your fridge. You will see them and be able to grab and go!!

Marriage equality! Stand up! Stand strong! We will win. Good always wins!

Marriage equality! Stand up! Stand strong! We will win. Good always wins!

They better pass it. They better. Or I’ll come for them.

JWoww’s thoughts on marriage equality, everyone. We have friends in high places. (via Vanity Fair)

Gluten free spinach pasta with a spicy chicken sausage sauce.

Gluten free spinach pasta with a spicy chicken sausage sauce.

Homemade salad dressing (ingredients c/o Daphne Oz). Keep a small container handy to take with you if you go out to dinner. That way you know your salad is *actually* healthy!!

Homemade salad dressing (ingredients c/o Daphne Oz). Keep a small container handy to take with you if you go out to dinner. That way you know your salad is *actually* healthy!!

Day Two

I love when Mother Nature waters my garden for me. It’s less for me to remember!

Day One

Today I planted
- yellow squash
- spaghetti squash
- peas
- cucumbers
- carrots
- beets
- spinach
- cayenne peppers
- cilantro

Now I watch the sprinkler to make sure everything is getting watered well, shower, and pass out!