Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Have a look at my beautiful thrift shop finds for today.

These 2 lovelies cost me a grand total of $1.50 & while they are not in the best of condition they have come up not to bad with a little TLC.

I will wash them again and add some borax to the water as this can help restore softness.

(2 Tbsp per 10L water)

I usually make my own Wool Wash here is the recipe-


4 Cups of Pure Soap Flakes
(I grate sunlight soap but if you want to you can just buy a box of Lux Flakes)

1 Cup of Methylated Spirits

2 Tbsp. of Eucalyptus Oil

Combine & store in an airtight container. I usually use about 2 Tbsp. dissolved in hot water then added to the cold water in my laundry tub.

Here is another recipe for Wool Wash that someone gave me. I haven't had the chance to make it yet as I still have some of my usual homemade wool wash left. So I can't vouch for it, sounds nice though. I love the smell of Lavender on fresh laundry.

If anybody has tried it let me know what it's like???


4 Teaspoons Dried Lavender

1Litre boiling water

500g of Pure Soap
(Once again I guess you could use Lux Pure Soap Flakes but I will grate & use Sunlight Soap) It really is much more economical to grate your own.

1 Tablespoon Borax

Steep the Lavender in boiling water overnight. The next morning strain it through some muslin. ( When things call for this I just use a large men's hankie) Retain the Lavender Water.

Combine the grated soap, Lavender water and borax in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until blended. Remove from heat. This will cool to a soft white jelly. Store in a jar & seal.

You will need 1/2 cup of this to hand wash woollens or 2-3 cups in a washing machine to wash blankets.

That's all for now, time to get down off my soapbox LOL!!


A Thrifty Mrs said...

I love that large woolen blanket. It's just the kind of thing I am trying to make at the moment.

Rosemary said...

I love a good thrift store find! You got a great deal! Those look nice and warm.

Cathy said...

Hello Caroline
Nice to have you back:)
That large rug looks good for that price and I'm sure it will be handy when the days get cooler. Thanks for those recipes - I haven't made any wool wash before so may give it a go sometime
Take care

Donna said...

Cool finds!! Thanks for the recipes sweetie!! They sound wonderful!hughugs

Teena said...

Hi Caroline,

Great thrifty finds.


Lee said...

Hi - Thanks for the wool wash recipe. I'll give it a try!

Great finds. I've bought heaps of linen and rugs etc. at secondhand shops, and recently bought my kids their costumes for my son's Pirates and Princesses party he's having this weekend for his 5th birthday, at a tiny fraction of what it would have cost me to by new costumes.

Yay for secondhand!

Daharja at Cluttercut

Lisha said...

It makes you feel good finding a bargain, love the blanket.

Caroline said...

Hi Cathy I do hope you do give the wool wash a try it works well & is a lot cheaper than the commercial stuff.
Thrifty Mrs I only wish I did have your talent to try and make one.

Caroline said...

Thanks for stopping by Rosemary I hope you visit again.

Linda said...

The lavender version sounds good. I hadn't heard of it.

Caroline said...

Thanks for stopping by Miss 40 I love new commenters. Please call again!!


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