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Archive for October 1st, 2008

Or, more accurately, clothesline.

Last week was one of Those Weeks.  We all have them, when you hit the ground running out of bed, and it doesn’t stop till you collapse into bed sometime around 10:00 pm.  As a result, I didn’t get around to doing any laundry at all until Saturday.

Normally, this is not me.  I like to do a little something every day, but last week — well, it wasn’t gonna happen, so I left it all till Saturday.  Washed up one load, hung it out on the clothes rack that I keep in my kitchen.  Then I washed another load — now, where could I hang that out?  I decided to use the clothesline, despite the fact that rain was forecast for Saturday afternoon.  Sunday was supposed to be nice.

Sure enough, the second those clothes were all out on the line, it started to come down.

And it didn’t let up untiil yesterday afternoon.

However, I must note one bright spot.  Yesterday, when I got home from work, I quickly pulled in the still-damp clothes so that I could let them finish drying in the kitchen, and I have to say, the smell was exquisite.  I just can’t imagine a cleaner, fresher smell.  And the clothes were as soft as if they’d been dried with half a box of dryer sheets in the dryer.  Un-believable.

Now, a note about that laundry soap I mentioned in my last post:  A couple of you asked if I used Elizabeth’s recipe (the Elizabeth I always call “Fearless Leader”).  Yes, that’s the one:

One cake of Fels Naptha

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

The hard part is shaving the Fels Naptha soap, because you do have to shave it into flakes.  But when you cut into it — I used a paring knife — it crumbles, so you can just pick up the pieces and shave them with the paring knife, or you can use a cheese grater — I’ve done both.  You get hardly any suds out of it, but those  clothes come out both clean and fresh-smelling.  (Of course, I’m blessed to live in an area that doesn’t have hard water.  If yours does, I’m afraid you’re stuck with detergents, which can deal with hard water much better than soap can.)

Now, a bit of trivia:  What’s the difference between a bar of soap and a cake of soap?  Soap used to be sold in long bars of about a foot long, and when you wanted a chunk, you fetched the coal shovel and hacked off a piece that was maybe 4 inches long, and that was known as a cake of soap.  So, properly speaking, the stuff we all use to wash our hands, if it’s in solid form, is always a cake of soap.

Just the thing to fill in that tiny little piece of empty space in your mind, wasn’t it.    😉    Oh, there was no empty space in your mind?  Mine, either — it’s crammed with useless little pieces of information, like the difference between between a cake and a bar of soap.  Sigh.

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