Is Homemade Laundry Powder Worth the Hassle?

is homemade laundry powder worth the hassle

A few months ago, I posted a picture on Instagram of my new homemade laundry powder. I was surprised at how many of my friends were interested to try it but not convinced it would work or be worth the hassle!

I’d been wanting to make my own laundry powder for AGES. Between the savings and a slow move toward trying to eliminate harsh chemicals from our home it seemed like something that would be good for the family.

I pinned recipes for months and eventually worked up the courage to buy the ingredients… but they sat taking up space in the cupboard.

I thought buying a cute laundry bucket I found at the cheap shop or telling myself I was not allowed to buy any more washing powder until I tried it would work. But when the laundry powder ran out, my husband was out of the country and I used that as my free pass to buy another box from the grocery store.

But one night, years into my homemade laundry making aspirations, my husband saw a special on TV about how much store bought laundry-making items are diluted and how much money we were WASTING and asked – do you think you’d be up for trying to make our own washing powder?

I was stoked my BFF was into the idea (he’s cringed at some of the other DIYs I’ve had going on the counters) and that motivation pushed me over the edge.

Oh my goodness. It was so easy. And it works so well. I cannot believe I waited so long to try it!!!!

I love it, we’re saving money, I cannot believe I procrastinated so long.

There are SO many recipes online. I really like Wellness Mama’s blog for natural recipes. She covers so many variables and only posts things she’s made and has really honest reviews. Here are some of her laundry recipes.

I ended up grating two bars of laundry soap (I used Sunlight) in my food processor, mixed with a kilo of washing soda, both of which I found in the laundry section of my grocery store. I added some borax as well (which I found at Bunnings) but will try without next time as I’m still making up my mind on what I think of that stuff… there are mixed reviews and here is one I liked for the information even though it didn’t convince me completely. I hand mixed it all together added some drops of lavender essential oil, also available at the grocery store, until I could catch a good whiff of it. Maybe 40 drops or so… I use a heaping Tablespoon with every load.

So is it worth it? Overwhelmingly so… its works well, its simple to make, it saves money and I don’t have to question what’s in it.

Laundry Recipe

This Simple Tool Will Help You EAT Well.

A Simple Tool to Help you EAT Well

I love to eat. My sister always jokes that I’ll never have an eating disorder because I like eating too much. And other than the vulnerability of OVEReating, she’s probably right.

If you’re like me, you can have the best of intentions when it comes to eating well… but on top of the accidental handful of indulgent deliciousness grabbed on the fly as you walk by the kitchen, you may also find yourself saying…

“Just this once…”

“Its got a lot of nutrition…”

“I’ll only have a little bit…”

“Its a celebration…”

My cupboard can be filled with nothing but peanut butter and baking chocolate and I’ll somehow justify my way to an elaborate celebratory treat through the slippery slope of excuses. I’m amazed at my mind’s ability to rationalise poor eating even though its the furthest thing from my values and beliefs.

So I gave myself a list of questions to ask myself before I eat, and they happen to align into a really handy acronym – E.A.T.

1. Energy – Is this a food that will give me energy? 

The very basis of food is to give us energy. If we don’t eat, we die. And if we don’t enough, our bodies don’t function well. Two years ago I spent a solid four months in a body transformation challenge. The motivation of the contest meant that I only ate food for energy I needed to transform my body. But the result was far more than just losing weight and gaining lean muscle mass. I felt better right down to a cellular level. I had a spring in my step, a desire to move all day, and woke up with incredible energy busting to go. The right foods will give you this kind of energy.

So, what foods help with energy? You want slow burning carbs and proteins. So ditch the potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, candies, juices, and soft drinks. When it comes to snacks, look for vegetables with hommus, a hardboiled egg, a few raw or dry roasted almonds. In your meals, you want a good carb like quinoa or brown rice or sweet potato, paired with lots of leafy vegetables and a protein like beans or chicken.

2. Additives – Is this a food that is close to its natural state?

Its easy to justify foods that are quick to grab and pre-packaged, even if they’re “only 100 calories.” Not only do these foods often not give us the right energy but they’re also packed with unnecessary ingredients that can actually slow you down more. Take for instance aspartame which is someone still being marketed and remarked.

Before you eat, consider what additives and how much processing that they’ve been through to get there.

3. Tasty – Is this a food I will enjoy?

I’m convinced that food is MEANT to be enjoyed. Why else would God have given us such varied taste buds!? Sure, those crazy athletes among us may go through seasons where they only eat boiled chicken and broccoli but most of us should be seeing food as something to be enjoyed each day and again during seasons of celebration and feast. As long as we’re taking the other two into consideration – that we’re low on unnecessary additives (e.g. eating FOOD and not random chemicals to make it look and taste like food) and its a food that will help give energy, you should seriously be enjoying what you eat.

Making a habit of asking myself these three questions before I eat has really helped me to ensure that my eating is intentional and enjoyable.

EAT Energy Additives Tasty

I’m A Terrible Athlete

I’m a terrible athlete.

Seriously terrible.

I played a season of soccer when I was 13. We were called the Tigers, an aggressive name which only added to the irony of our shameful season and fuelled the teasing of our opponents.

I was a defender, standing at the end of the field in my bright orange knee high socks every Saturday morning, squinting my eyes closed in some sort of strange self defense mechanism every time a star player came running at me with the ball, hoping I’d somehow defend the goal and escape injury.

I didn’t succeed at either (presuming you agree that having the wind knocked out of you constitutes an injury).

We ended the season with seven losses and a tie.

So how was it then that 10 years later I found myself in a giant grass field, clutching a ball covered in black and white pentagons, staring at a group of teenagers who wanted to play soccer… With me?

Granted, they were clueless about my orange socks.

But still. Why were they here? Really?

I learned very quickly that young people – amidst their awkwardness and insecurities – have a deep desire for relationship. And for many, a game of sport is a safe outlet to find that.

I remember hearing growing up – “It’s not about whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.”

For a competitive person like me, that sounds like a bit of a cop-out. (And before you question how such a poor athlete could possibly be competitive now let me just say I will OWN you in Dutch Blitz. Truly. I’ve never lost…)

Seriously though – it is about whether you win or lose. We have multi billion dollar sports industries reminding us of that constantly.

But it also is about how you play the game. And not just because how you play the game determines whether you win – but because how you play a game matters to people.

winning and losing

Those teenagers played soccer with a girl who couldn’t kick straight if her life depended on it… Because they knew I thought they were champions… Because they could tell me what was happening at home… Because they walked away knowing a little bit more of Gods heart for them.

We are starting our Sports Discipleship Training School in April. You’ll be relieved to know I won’t be leading it. But you’d better believe I’ll be there sharing stories like this one. There are too many teenagers out there craving mentorship and friendship and input and value to let this
opportunity pass me by.

If you want to come join us use Sport to make a serious impact in the lives of teenagers, or hear more embarrassing stories from me, get in touch with my friend Matt. He’s one of
those Sports geniuses. He even played football in Texas. Doesn’t get more genuine than that. They’ll get you into the team so you can play your game well.

There’s about 13,000 teenagers here in North Queensland waiting for you.

Love,
Bek

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Five Simple Ways to Recognise God’s Voice

Growing up with a very personal faith, I had always found the whole area of “hearing God speak” a bit daunting. Did I believe it could happen? Sure. Was it happening to me? Well, I hadn’t heard the audible voice of God, or seen writing on the wall, so I wasn’t really sure.

I had a really life changing time when I realised that not only was it possible to hear God’s voice, but I really believe I had been hearing it all along!

The reality is, God is a communicator. He SPOKE the world into being, He inspired the Scriptures, He sent Jesus, who transformed peoples lives through his words all the time. There are stories throughout the Bible and throughout history of His constant communication. God is speaking all the time. The question is, do we believe He wants to speak to us? And are we willing to tune in to listen?

Maybe you do and you are… but you’re not sure how, so here are Five Ways to Learn to Recognise God’s Voice –

Five Simple Ways to Recognise God's Voice

1. Read the Bible.

I know its the obvious one, but its so true! If you want to know what God has to say or what He sounds like, read Scriptures. The Proverbs are a great one to start with. Simple and practical for every day living. Or Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John – where the life and communication of Jesus’ time on earth is documented. The more you get to know someone, the better you understand them, and often times God will use the Scriptures to answer your questions or give you input. He has already used that way to communicate and it would be a little bit presumptuous of us to overlook the obvious, wouldn’t it?

2. Ask Him to speak.

And I’m not just talking about “Who will I marry?” or “Will You give me a million dollars?” When we talk to the people we care about, its with a genuine heart to build relationship, to share how we’re feeling, and to ask for input – to do life together. Start with asking God to speak to you. Let Him decide what to speak about. After all, He created you, the people around you, the world you’re in. My guess is He has a LOT He wants to share with you and a good place to start is just asking him – Will you speak to me and will you help me to know its You?

3. Listen.

Have you ever been to a big, loud party and tried to speak to a friend? It can be a super fun environment, but not great for conversation when you have to yell in their ear just to help them hear. Sometimes you just want to go find a quiet couch or a beautiful patio to have a heart to heart. I think God gets a bit like that with us. We have so much noise in our lives through our schedules, media, activities and even other relationships. Don’t get me wrong – all really good and important things. But while God is fully able to yell over the volume, its not always the best environment for the heart to hearts He wants to have with us. Take time to get away from the noise, practice the art of being quiet and just listen.

4. Read “Is That Really You God?”

There is tremendous power in stories, right? I know I get seriously motivated when I see someone else do something successfully. “Is That Really You God” is an inspiring story of a young man’s journey to learn to recognise God’s voice. What I love about it is that its not 10 Guaranteed Steps to Make God Speak, as though we could place God into a formula, but through stories, and learning to have a dynamic relationship with God where we hear from Him. Like with any relationship, being human, we are going to make mistakes in our communication with God, and this book is honest about some really challenging mistakes, while also sharing the amazing results of living a life that is dependent on leaning into God’s wisdom. Plus its short, punchy, lots of good stories and a fairly simple read.

5. Do a YWAM DTS

For me, a YWAM DTS was an amazing time of learning to discern God’s voice. Having a place to get quality input, practice my faith, put it into action, take some bold steps, and have leaders mentoring me along the way was a catalyst to solidify some of the things I’d grown up knowing in faith, but hadn’t quite matured in yet. Plus, I made amazing friendships and got to help care for people in the community, travel and make a real difference.

So there are a few tips for hearing God’s voice in your life. Have a go and let me know how it went, or if you have any more tips you’d add to the list!

Love,
Bek