I wanted to chime in today with a little update about the laundry soap recipe I tried!!! To say that we LOVE this stuff is a complete understatement, not only has it lasted forever I have been using it for almost a whole month now (remember we’re a family of 6 so we have a TON of laundry) and you can hardly tell it’s even been used, I still have a huge 5 gallon bucket almost completely full of it!! But, it also smells so amazing matter of fact, I had some **clean** laundry that stayed in the basket all week (Don’t judge you know you’ve done that before too) but my hubby grabbed a shirt of his from the basket and it still smelled like it had just come out of the wash, it kept that incredible smell he said he couldn’t quit smelling it :-D!! All of it was like that, there is nothing quite like wearing clothes that smell like that aaahhhhh so refreshing!!
But, now to answer the question I’m sure you’re wondering…… Does it get the clothes clean? Well, I’ll just say this yesterday Justin put on some of his shorts these shorts are some he has had for a couple years, they are the one’s he wears when he’s doing the “dirty work” they have gotten muddy and greasy and any other messy that you can think of, and looked really stained and dingy no matter how many times I washed them. Well, yesterday he said, look at what the detergent did to these shorts, they look so good. These shorts had no stains and didn’t look dingy anymore, I think I’d say that’s a win!! We also have tons of red clay in our yard which is horrible to get out of clothes but this laundry soap gets them out.
Can you tell how excited I am!!! Welcome to adulthood I’m so excited about clean laundry haha!! So, I definitely encourage you to try this out!!
Do your children do chores? I have chores that our kids do each day Caidence always helps with laundry she puts the clothes in the washer and then takes them out of the dryer and Jeremiah does the dishes, he unloads the dishwasher and puts up what he can and Isabelle has the easy part of just being a baby for now. Of course other than this, the older two have to clean their own rooms, if they make a mess they clean up after themselves, they have to put away their dirty dishes and clothes etc. but, until recently this was all was all that they were doing and for a while I was fine with that.
Then I got to thinking, they enjoy doing these chores for now which I know won’t last, but not only that but we are constantly training our children to live in this world, to know how to work diligently and to learn all these tasks they will have to know in life and I realized that even though they were doing these things everyday, it wasn’t enough. I also want them to learn that we work as if they were working for the Lord which we all are (Colossians 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”). So, was trying to think of what they were actually capable of not just what I thought they could do but what are they truly capable of even if it means they have to try really hard. Well, now we have added to Jeremiah’s list vacuuming which he has been wanting to do forever anyway and he gets to help hang up laundry as well, and Caidence now gets to help out with getting the dishes out of the dishwasher with her big brother (which is also getting them to learn to work together even better) and she gets to sweep the kitchen. I’m thinking of letting them let the task of moping and drying the floor but haven’t done it yet so we will just see.
Maybe to you reading this it doesn’t seem like much and it should be obvious that they should be able to do these things but to me it wasn’t I still saw them as being smaller than they are and not capable of many things but that couldn’t be further from the truth children are wonderful and intelligent and know and can do much more than we give them credit for. Also, to some of you it may be too much, you may not agree with children doing chores in the home, but that’s your own choice but for us, I really want to raise our children to learn how to work hard and to work for the Lord and I believe it’s best to start them young while they love it so it will be normal to them to do chores when they really, really don’t want to.
So, what are your thoughts, do your children do chores, what are they and why did you choose to have them do them? Or, do you not give your children chores to do and why did you choose not to have them do it? I would love to hear from you all!