- -1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Almond or Baby soap
- 1 dry cup of Borax
- 1 dry cup of Washing Soda
- 1 dry cup of Baking Soda
- opt. a few drops of tea tree for disinfecting
- Three gallons of tap water
grate soap into sauce pan- add 2 cups of water stir, dissolve.
into a five gallon bucket add Borax, washing soda and tea tree if using.
dump melted soap liquid into bucket and stir quickly
add water stir and put lid on.
set overnight- measure out 1/2 cup of liquid for light loads and 1 cup for normal.
cheap liquid, Eco, natural detergent!
4 lb box Borax
3 lb box Washing Soda
4 lb box baking soda
3 lb container OxyClean (optional….but I have messy toddlers)
2 bars Fels Naptha soap (Dove is another soap I use
1.Grate bars of soap using a fine grater. I use rubber gloves so that I don’t grate my fingers as well.I don’t grate my fingers as well.
2. In a large 5 gallon bucket, layer all ingredients and mix. I put the lid on and rolled the bucket around and then used my rubber gloved hands to mix this all up. It was a workout.
3. Use 2 Tbsp per load. Sprinkle directly in drum on top of clothes.
*This works great in top loading, front loading, regular, and HE machines.
Inshaallah I will post a recipe for the liquid kind soon
Dear sister,May Allah make this easy upon you and your family! Allahummah Ameen!!! I will offer dua for you and I clearly understand the feeling of depression,darkness and sadness it’s not easy at all. The struggle gets real trying to hide it from your family and children,just remember that Allah will never place anything upon you that you can’t bare. And sadness is not from Allah so hold on tight to his rope . Allah tests Us this is all part of his plan just offer prayer and remain patience , reach out to friends for support and know you are loved and not alone everyone has struggles of some sort, try and have a good day sister, love your sister in Islam
Everything seems to annoy me lately , not sure if it is just due to it being that time of month or what , Yesterday was especially trying because all I wanted to do was curl up into a tight ball and cry yes that is how I felt having cramps from hell it feels like I got drop kicked in the stomach by a horse , I did the natural remedies tried drinking the moon cycle tea and gentle stretching/ massaging my stomach area but nothing helped . It didn’t help that I craved good chocolate and there was none to be found anywhere.
Children were all fussy whiny and when mommy doesn’t feel good that is when they find the need and want to use mommy as a tree, or if there a boy they decide hey lets use mommy’s stomach to practice head banging , then the baby decides hey lets be super fussy and want mommy to hold me lets also nurse and use feet to try and launch off mommy stomach looks like a good point to apply feet while we’re at it lets use the other nipple as a play thing and twist /pull pinch it and see what color mommy’s face turns and how loud she yells. Then my daughter decides lets see how loud I can scream after I have been told to be quite time to break out the mega deafening pitch that grates on everyone’s nerves, and oh lets throw a fit because we want chocolate cake and if we scream it will just make it taste so much better well needless to say no one got cake and everyone got a tension head ache from said screaming ……..
I haven’t been blogging and posting as much as I have wanted to , I have been struggling with depression and boredom . I feel like I am sleep walking through my days at times each day seems to be the same as the last wake up do Fajr prayer then go back and try to sleep because it’s the butt crack of dawn and no one is awake yet but I never really get back to sleep , everyone here gets up around 930/10am is normal breakfast time breakfast is always the same bread with cream cheese and jelly served with either tea or coffee then its chore time chores are usually the same make bed pick up room change and dress children / sweep and mop /wash dishes /wash clothes depending on the day of the week . Then comes Dhuhr Prayer then it’s lunchtime around 230 to 3pm after Asr prayer then its nap time /quite time then around 7 to 730pm everyone gets up and sits around outside waiting for Maghrib prayer then Isha prayer and then dinner is served around 930 to as late as midnight then it is time to get everyone ready for bed showering and changing into night-clothes and trying to deal with the loud noises of screaming over tired over sugared children. Some days it feels like the movie groundhog day were it just repeats over and over .
Some good things have happened
I am now doing prayers regularly 5 times a day which is good as in the past I have struggled with doing prayers
Most of my diet is now fresh whole foods , still working on my cookie habit why do cookies taste so good?
Trying to find ways to combat the boredom and depression
As salam alikum readers
I have been struggling with depression and have decided that I will set small manageable goals for myself this month so here are my goals so far
Daily goals are:
Will try and find 10 minutes to read the Quran
Will walk once a day either in early am or late afternoon
Will write daily for myself
Weekly Goals are
On Tuesdays I will get up walk around the souk Weekly market ( it;s a cross between a huge farmers market and a swap meet/yard sale is the best way to describe it) and take pictures.
Once a week will go to Hamamam (bath house )and get a good scrub down .
will write more for myself
so far those are my goals if I think of anymore will add them once I have these in place small baby steps.
I feel there are certain ways children should dress and this is my way no one Else’s way feel free to agree or disagree , I really don’t care .
Showing the knees in both boys and girls is tacky and immodest should be avoided.
The length of a dress should be at least below the knee or longer ankle length is preferred. When one sits down one should make sure that dress is draped over legs and ankles if need be one may use a small lap blanket to cover legs and be modest
- Sleeves should cover shoulders and the older one is the longer the sleeves once one is 5 years old they should not be wearing short sleeves unless in the privacy of their own house, 5 to 11 years old, from 12 years to adult one should wear long sleeves whenever they are out of the house.
- Undershirts and underwear should always be clean and free of holes and stains , If you are embarrassed to show them then don’t wear them. Underclothing should fit comfortable and not pinch or ride up . Once a girl develops breast she should always wear a Bra .
- Bras should fit and be comfortable not ride up pinch , pull or bulge if it does any of these things then it is to tight
- Shorts for boys should fall to just below the knee , wearing pants would be preferable as they are more modest.
- Pants should be clean hole free and fit comfortable they should not ride up , pinch or be tight , if too long then fold into cuffs at the ankles or ask your mom to do a quick hem on them. Girls may wear pants that are loose , if the pants are tight then don’t wear them , stretch pans may be worn under dresses and long shirts .
- Shirts should not have faces or ugly pictures on them , girls should avoid wearing shirts that have prints on the chest area as it brings attention to that area.
- Dresses should fall below the knee and always wear either tights with dresses or short that fall below the knee, Tights should either match the dress or go with the outfit as should the shorts under the dress, young girls less tan 6 years old may wear dresses shorter than knee length as long as they wear shorts that fall past the knee.
- Skirts should be long loose and free flowing never form fitted or tight.
- Girls: Jilabas/ Abaya/Tunics and Kurta Tops/Salwar Kameez/Caftan may be worn over a core outfit, a core outfit is underclothes with tee-shirt and stretch pants or tights.
- Hijab should always be encouraged , once a girl has her monthly cycle then she should start wearing hijab full time when out of house
- Boys :Salwar Kameez/Disha Dasha/Long Kurta Shirt/Abaya/Thobes, Caftan/Jilabas / Kufies and hats should be encouraged to wear as it is more modest.
- Swimwear should be modest: for Boys shorts below the knee along wit a tee shirt. Girls tee shirt and below the knee shorts until age 11 then swimsuit should cover from wrist to ankles with a hijab attached
- Socks should always be clean and hole free , if wearing dark pants wear dark socks, light pants light socks .
When choosing shoes always make sure that your toes are comfortable and that they don’t pinch pull or hurt your feet if your feet hurt then the shoes are wrong for you.
- Sleepwear / lounge wear should be comfortable and modest it is ok to wear short sleeves but only in the privacy of your own house .
A word of advice if you are in doubt if something is modest then don’t wear it