|All my pockets getting ready to be stripped!|
still loves her detergent...then, I followed the link in that post to her post on making the detergent (here)! I made a "test batch" using the 1c/1c/0.5c ratios to make sure it was going to be something I could "live with" making and that it also worked well and did what I needed it to do! I don't think I'll ever make it by the "whole box" method like she does...but I will probably double, triple, or quadruple this batch depending on the size of the container I finally settle on using. For now, it's in a quart sized Mason jar because it is air tight (important since this is a powdered detergent) and can easily be shaken up to ensure a good mix. Just let the dust settle before you open the jar...I doubt Borax and OxiClean belong in your lungs! The first "change" I need to make while using this is how I add it to my washer...we have hard water and a really old washer. This creates a problem because the combo tends to make using powdered detergents a bit "useless" ass the powders don't melt properly into the water without stirring it in by hand...not easily done when you have the temperature on your hot water turned up and are washing in hot water! I'm going to add an empty jar to my "wash box" specifically for mixing the detergent needed (per load) with some of the water to make "detergent soup" that can then be poured into the washer before adding the diapers. It's a good thing I already need to update my "laundry cheat sheet"!
I have this list in a plastic sheet protector and have it hanging on a pin near my machines. Behind it is the instructions on how to strip my diapers...I'm not sure how often this should be or needs to be done, but I know it isn't a "one and done" type event!
I have one more load of diapers to strip (the huge sized ones that I don't need for quite some time) after I finish rinsing my pockets (I have at least two more rinse cycles to go), then I will be back to "ready" for baby to get here! Only 4 days left (including today)! We also have "family" portraits scheduled for today...hopefully that goes well and we get a decent photo of the two of us! We have only had our picture taken together one other time in the nine years we've been together, it just isn't something we ever think of doing.
Morning by Morning Productions. However, I'm not real happy on how the smaller interior pockets go on...so I'm changing that bit slightly!
As soon as I get this bag finished...I will have two homemade bags (awesome for lots of pockets and larger interiors) and three that were purchased! I've mentioned our Skip Hop bag (I'm so disappointed with that one) before, we also got a diaper bag set from Garrick's coworkers! It was a set I had added to our registry months ago and had completely forgotten about. On his last day of work before he started his FMLA leave (today), they threw him a little baby shower! It was really, really nice of them! They also got us one of those shopping cart/restaurant high chair covers and a car seat! (Sorry for all the exclamation points...but it does get me excited!) Of course, we already have the car seat...but I returned it and got the breast pump we still hadn't purchased (and took my Mom with me to the store and had her use the gift card from the return to get it tax-free). We even had enough left over to pick up some lotion for baby, and a big box of "milk bags" to freeze the "Mom juice" in!
Okay, time to start getting ready for my day today...busy day ahead!