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Homemade Laundry Detergent

76oz Borax
4 lbs Arm and Hammer baking soda
55oz Arm and Hammer super washing soda
3 bars Fels-Naptha (or other bar washing soap)
4 lbs Oxy Clean
1 container Downy Unstoppables scent booster

Grate the Fels-Naptha using a cheese grater.

Mix all ingredients together!

NOTES: You can find all of these items in the laundry section of most grocery stores. I’ve heard that you can also find a generic version of Oxy Clean, but I haven’t seen one yet. I don’t know if I will use the Downy Unstoppables the next time I make this, as the bar soap has a nice enough scent to it. I put it in a five-gallon bucket with a lid and use about 1/8 of a cup for regular loads of laundry.

asthmatic Emily

Today, I made the last of the arrangements for classes that I will take out of town next month. I’ve been making a packing list and as much as I love my Mac, I think I will bring my busted up iPad instead. (I’m trying to bring too much as it is – for me! – so a laptop would just be too much weight for me.)

So, I cranked up old my iPad and I found photos and videos that I had forgotten about.

asthma Emily

This is the one that touched me the most. It’s a short video I made while my husband was offshore. Listen to the middle part. Do you hear how hard it was for me to breathe while speaking?