Churchianity – We Don’t Need No

No churchianity for us thanks.
No churchianity for us thanks.

Here I thought I had coined another new word but I Googled it and found out a Christian minister had written a sermon about it way back in 1883. It appears to have fallen upon many deaf ears unfortunately because many of the same ails he speaks of are still prevalent to this day and have been pervading their way into politics and other aspects of life.

Comments from the Thursday, September 13, 2001 edition of the ‘700 Club.’

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system.

Do you know, shortly after that broadcast took place back in 2001 I was a regular on a local area email group for Pagans called Circle Chat and I called attention to the above quotes as they were making the rounds big time all over the internet at the time. I was berated, by Pagans no less, for taking to task, this man, for having the audacity to lay at our feet, along with many others, the blame for the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

Now, I wasn’t raised going to church but I was raised by a family that considered themselves Christian and followed the teachings of Rabbi Yeshua Ben Yosef, more commonly known as Jesus Christ. My grandparents were regular church goers and had many Christian themed works of art adorning their homes. One notable object that sticks in my mind was a simple granite shard from the local tombstone maker’s shop that simply said “God Is Love”.

This was the philosophy that my grandparents lived by and was their take on what Jesus was all about. Remember those WWJD bracelets that were all the rage some time back? What Would Jesus Do indeed? Based on my readings of his teachings I would dare guess something along the lines of turn the other cheek or he who is without sin cast the first stone perhaps? But not, let’s look for who to blame this on first!

Somehow, I just don’t see the Jesus depicted in the scriptures of the Bible (choose your favorite translation) doing things like picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers a.k.a. Westboro Baptist Church or campaigning to put In God We Trust on money or insert it into the Pledge Of Allegiance. Prior to the 1950s folks those things weren’t there. Look it up! They didn’t teach that in public school history in Texas. I learned it afterwards. Imagine that? Well, bless their hearts. 😉 Actually, the puritans who first colonized America thought it blasphemous to put God’s name on money and understandably so. After all, hadn’t the good Messiah chased the money changers out of the temple? Was the love of money not the source of all evil?

These are the things of Churchianity. Churchianity is about power and dominion over others. It’s about imposing the will of the Church and the men who run it on others whether they happen to be members of the Church or not.

I have long been a fan of the concepts of freedom and democracy. Democracy, by the way, was born in Ancient Pagan Greece. I have no interest in living in a Theocracy even if it were a Pagan Theocracy. History has shown us that when the power of religion and the power of state are in the same hands, terrible, awful, horrible things happen. So why are so many these days marching to the drums of people who would lead us down that road?

Please Understand. I’m Not Bored

Fake people have an image to uphold. Real people don't give a shit. Bored? Nope.
Fake people have an image to uphold. Real people don’t give a shit. Bored? Nope.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy socializing. I very much do but during the day, even in the evenings for that matter, I just don’t have a lot of time for instant messaging because I am usually at work, with my family, or writing stuff for my blogs and websites or even studying for my Sacred Fire Temple 2nd degree priesthood.

But Troy, you post and share so much stuff. Surely you have an abundance of free time!

Well, it’s like this. I have a LOT of very good and interesting friends online who post a LOT of great stuff. The nature of my work is such that sometimes my hands and mind are very busy and occupied and other times I am waiting for something else to happen. It could be that I am waiting for a pump to run transferring water or chemicals from one tank to another and I need to stay where I am in case anything goes wrong. A seal might leak, a tank might run empty, a tank might run over and make a huge mess, any number of things so I have to wait until the process is finished just in case. Sometimes I might be at the parts counter waiting my turn or waiting for parts. Sometimes I might even be on break. Yes, I do get those sometimes. So, when I have a few moments I whip out my phone and check on Facebook, or G+ or Pinterest or whatever. I see some cool stuff and I like it and share it. It only takes a couple of seconds to click like and share really. In 5 minutes I can share a LOT of stuff and often do. But once it’s shared I’m done. When I am finished waiting for whatever I was waiting for the phone goes back into it’s place and I continue with my work.

The same is not true for carrying on a conversation via the chat feature on Facebook or Hangouts on G+. You pretty much have to stay right there on it and wait for the other person to say what they are going to say then respond and on and on. It occupies both the hands and the mind. Not conducive to getting my work done and when I don’t get my work done my boss gets upset. He’s lenient with me using my phone at work because I have always done so responsibly. I have no interest in messing that up by being seen too often chit chatting on I.M. when I should be getting something done.

Hence the difference between sharing a bunch of stuff and chatting. Add to that, I just am not much of a small talker. A lot of the messages I get when I log onto the social network go something like this.

How are you?
I’m doing well, you?
I’m bored.

That’s just it right there. I feel for you that you are bored but sweetness, I am definitely NOT bored. I can’t recall a time that I have been bored in the last 20 something years. Ever since I got married, got a job, had kids, started learning about my spirituality, got involved in my spiritual community etc. I have not had any time to be bored. This is why idle chit chat just isn’t stimulating for me. If you truly want to engage with me and want to carry on a meaningful conversation then please, visit my blog and comment on something I have written there even if it’s to say

I think you’re full of shit, Troy!

Then, at least I know you cared enough about what I said to tell me that. It’s not that I am anyone of major importance. It’s not that I am some sort of celebrity or that I am full of myself with ego and don’t have time for you and it is certainly not that I don’t care. I am simply and honestly busy and can’t make time for chit chat. A lengthy post, email or comment that is thought provoking or asks good questions I will respond to as soon as I get adequate free time to do so. But hi….how are you….I’m bored… On chat boxes just isn’t my thing.

Have a blessed and bountiful day and try not to get too bored.

Bíodh sé amhlaidh!

Prepper Culture And Natural Living

I propose a garden law. Prepper style.
I propose a garden law. That each community maintain and develop community gardens that can put folks to work, that can ensure a reliable and safe domestic food supply, and if gardens grow too much for their community. that can surplus for barter with other communities for other goods. That’s real homeland security.

So, continuing on with the thought line of yesterday’s post I thought I might talk a little today about some of what I was doing and studying while on my self imposed sabbatical from spirituality. I became convinced that the models upon which we are living our lives in this modern age are unsustainable, and indeed they are. On an economic level, an agricultural level, a social level and a host of others what we are doing can’t simply go on without some catastrophic failure eventually taking place?

So, what is the answer? I believe, once again, that we should look to both nature and the ways of our ancestors to find solutions. This led me to learning about a community of people called Preppers via a Podcast I used to listen to. Through it I learned a lot of things about concepts such as permaculture, bulk food storage, foraging and generally being prepared for hard times, any sort of hard times, that might come our way. The funny thing is, most of it is just stuff that our grandparents and great grandparents did all of their lives and their parents and grandparents before them. Our ancestors never knew when the next long cold winter was going to come and wipe out their food supplies or the next plague or war might turn their lives upside down. They always set something aside to prepare for hard times. They knew how to live off the land, what plants were edible, medicinal and yes, what had magical purposes.

We have become, maybe, a little too dependent and reliant on the systems to take care of things but what happens if those fail? Also, living on naturally occurring, local food, as I noted yesterday, for me at least, puts us more in tune with the spiritual energy that surrounds us. So, in future posts I might be sprinkling in a little bit of the prepper knowledge I have picked up because I believe it is relevant to living closer to nature, the cycle of life and the ways of our ancestors and therefore a very Pagan way of living.

Be good to one another and threefold blessings to you and yours!


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Living Closer To The Goddess

Kyle At Caddo Lake - Closer
Kyle At Caddo Lake

Has anyone else noticed that the more fatty and processed foods you eat the less your senses, all of them, seem to be able to pick up on?

I know for some this will seem like a no-brainer but I have been reflecting on it quite a bit lately. I have struggled with good, pretty much my whole life. I don’t suffer from many addictions but I would honestly have to say foods are one that are a major challenge for me. I go through bouts now and then when my will is strong and I am able to eat healthy and live healthier and I feel so much better and more energetic while I am doing it but then I get a taste of something that has a certain flavor or texture that I just can’t get enough of and moderation goes right out the window and I find myself back on the cycle of binging and energy levels going on a roller coaster ride. Not to mention, my third eye vision goes complely dinky too.

But Troy! Just stay away from the foods that do that to you!

Yeah, great advice. Wish I had thought of that. 😉 The thing is, beyond the obvious easier said than done which anyone who has ever had any sort of addiction can tell you, while I might know some of the triggers, I don’t know all of them and sometimes they blindside me. So, I do the best I can with what I have and when I can muster up the will I put myself back on track.

But my struggles with food addictions isn’t really what I wanted to write about today. It is this. While going through these cycles throughout my life I have definitely seen clearly that third eye vision, physical and magickal energy levels as well as the 5 standard senses seem to be improved when our diet is closer to the cycle of life. When we eat foods that come almost directly from nature we tend to have a higher spiritual connectedness. Of course, Shamans have for eons fasted for long periods of time to induce dream walking state or visions and I can say from experience that this definitely does work but in addition to eating more natural foods, spending time in nature, gardening, paying attention to the stars, bird watching, all of these activities seem to raise spiritual awareness along with awareness in general.

Your thoughts? Please use the comment box below. I love it when folks interact with me on the blog rather than the fleeting confines of the book of face or other “social” networks. But I’ll take what I can get. 😉

Words Cast Spells – It’s Spelling

Spelling is a magickal art. It is why most “alphabets” are said in mythology  to have been given to the people by the gods. Those who could command the reading and writing of symbols into words and meanings were looked upon as having great power. It is no accident that the word spell for casting a magickal working and the word spell for writing a word ended up being the same. There is a history behind this.

Words cast spells. That's why it's called spelling.
Words cast spells. That’s why it’s called spelling. Words are energy, use wisely!

While I am riding my motorcycle on my 38 mile commute to and from work each day my mind often wanders to things I would like to write about in upcoming blog posts. This occurs much more often on my morning commutes than my afternoon ones because traffic is much lighter at 4:30 to 5:30 in the morning than it is between 3 and 6 in the afternoon. There was a program coming on the television one evening and before it began one of those parental guidance messages appeared saying this program contains profanity and violence. I quipped to Em’

Hel! My commute home from work contains profanity and violence, so what!


Anyway, I was riding along one morning and came up with three different topics I wanted to write about before I arrived at work and this is one of them. Until I happened upon the graphic I shared here at the top of this post I had never truly considered the implications of it but consider this. When people first began writing down language and using letters to create words, of all the things they chose to use to describe that activity the word spelling was chosen. Now I am no accomplished linguist myself but the topic of linguistics has always fascinated me. I imagine the word spell has been associated with magic since long before people started writing things down and, as I said previously,  it was no accident that the word spelling was chosen to describe the act of arranging letters to form words.

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. - Carl Jung
A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. – Carl Jung

Words truly do hold great power and the pen has wisely been noted to be mightier than the sword. Lyrics of songs, poems, books and the spoken words of people have probably done more to create and shape our world than all of the wars ever fought.

So what is it about this spelling thing that makes it so powerful? When we communicate our thoughts, ideas and beliefs to others we set in motion another human being’s psyche, their emotions and creative minds. The more people this touches the more energy that gets raised and eventually that energy is bound to make things happen. They say, sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. I call bullshit! Words have always and still do compel people do both good and evil things. Before a gang of bullies chooses to beat up some poor kid in school there are almost always some words of some kind exchanged to get the ball rolling.

I have been known to create words out of thin air as I have witnessed others do as well. Once I was describing the way a mount was designed on the seat of a motorcycle directly above the battery and I described it as having been shittily done.

The person I was with said shittily? That’s not even a word. Just as the spell checker on my WordPress app is doing right now until I add it to the dictionary by the way. 😉 Which brings me to my point. I told the other person. Sure it is a word. I just created it therefore it is a word. To which they replied. You can’t just make up words! Oh yes you can! How do you think every single word in every language in every vocabulary came into being? Someone, somewhere at some point in time made it up. Then eventually others picked up on it and started using it too and then when enough people started using the word on a regular enough basis for a long enough time the keepers of the dictionaries decided to make it official and add it to their book of definitions. But before any of that happened. Somebody had to make the word up. The first person who uttered the word shit was no more a person than I am so if they can create the word shit I can certainly carry it a step further and describe something as shittily if I so choose.

I also sometimes turn phrases around while speaking to amuse myself. For example, instead of saying

Been there, done that.

I might say

Done there, been that.

Don’t ask me why but this just amuses me and I do it on purpose. Sometimes just to see if others have been paying attention. I have actually had people ask me if I suffered from a speech impediment or something that caused me to do it but no. That’s not the case. It’s just a joke of sorts albeit not necessarily a good one. 😉

That’s enough rambling for today. Go out there, speak kind words and be good to one another! Bíodh sé amhlaidh!

Money and Religion

I was asked once, you are a smart man, why aren't you rich? I replied, you are a rich man, why aren't you smart? - Jacque Fresco
I was asked once, you are a smart man, why aren’t you rich? I replied, you are a rich man, why aren’t you smart? – Jacque Fresco

So I’m back in my hotel room
With John Coltrane and A Love Supreme
In the next room I hear some woman scream out
That her lover’s turning off, turning on the television
And I can’t tell the difference between ABC News, Hill Street Blues
And a preacher on the old time gospel hour
Stealing money from the sick and the old
Well the God I believe in isn’t short of cash, mister!

– U2 ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’

So, this is something I have been known to bring up from time to time. On the one hand, money is a tool which allows us to exchange our time and effort for goods and services of others easily. Accumulated money is also power. At some point too much power tends to corrupt an individual. At what point this happens I suppose varies from person to person and whether anyone is immune to it can certainly be a point of debate. But most of us are fairly aware of these universal wisdoms.

How universal are they? Well, that depends, really, on the individual. Some people acquire massive amounts of wealth and become philanthropists, doing great deeds for the betterment of society and their fellow human beings. Others use their money to do other things like buy off politicians, judges and whatnot to tilt things in their own favor. Sometimes going so far as to get laws passed which make things better for them and not so good for everyone else. It all really depends on the person and their character, ethics, morals and virtues. But it’s difficult to deny that when one holds great power it is sometimes a huge challenge to not want to use that power to do things for yourself and sometimes those things can be to the detriment of others.

Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but wise enough to stand together when the time comes.
Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but wise enough to stand together when the time comes.

How does this tie to religion? Well, I’m working my way there. Stick with me. Money is just one form of power but a very influential one. Religion is another. I support the concept of separating the powers of religion and the powers of state. Combined, these two have given rise to some of the most horrendous tragedies in our world’s history. The founders of the United States knew this well having been not too far removed from the times in which people were being burned at the stake, tortured, hanged and a host of other things simply for having a difference of opinion on religion. Money in politics and money in religion can also have a very corrosive effect if not held in check. I don’t think we have to look too far to see examples of it.

So, I guess what I am saying is that we should all be conscious of our own motivations as well as the motivations of others in situations where these powers are combined in large quantities. Are we doing things for us alone? If so, there is nothing inherently wrong with that BUT will it harm others? Will it deny them the same rights and freedoms we claim for ourselves? Does it go against the spirit of a democracy and convert it into a theocracy? Does it institute a class society in which one is relegated to remain in whatever class they were born into with little hope or real avenues to better themselves? Is it right?

Just a few thoughts for this Sunday morning. Be good to one another and Blessed Be!

Anonymity – Your Personal Privacy

Our Pantheons Way cares about your anonymity.
Our Pantheons Way

Anonymity is getting harder to come by in the social networks of the internet these days.

I was talking with a friend recently who intends to deactivate his Facebook account soon because he was contacted by a busybody from the Home Owners Association in his neighborhood who did some digging around on the internet and found out about his “associations with witchcraft” Oh my! and all of the supposed evils that entails. So this busy body person is going to cause problems for my friend. My opinions about Home Owner’s Associations aside this leads me to a topic I haven’t spoken about in some time. I use Facebook a lot along with some other online social networks. I enjoy them for the convenience of being able to connect easily with a great many of my friends and family. Also, because I do a lot of online marketing for DFW Pagan Pride and for my wife’s art business Primal Aspects as well as a couple of clients I do some work for they are a great place to touch base with customers and do some marketing research but they do have their caveats. Especially if you happen to be a member of a minority faith that is often misunderstood or worse, persecuted. On Facebook I use a feature called lists so that I can choose which of my friends see what I post. I have a list for Pagans, a Raunchy list for people who enjoy dirty jokes and adult topics, a Local list for things that only have to do with folks in the immediate area, etc. But see, even with employing lists like that, if someone reshares one of my shares there is still a possibility that someone who wasn’t intended to might see one of my posts.

 You keep using that book. I don't think it means what you think it means.

For this reason I have had some of my coworkers see some of my Pagan posts and oftentimes afterwards they treat me a little differently than they did before. They whisper whatever it is they whisper behind my back I am sure but I don’t worry myself too much about it. Granted, the nature of my work is such that we do some dangerous things and you really have to count on the people you are working with to look out for your safety. You do have to keep in mind that there are some people out there in the world who aren’t quite playing with a full deck or as one of my coworker friends who is Pagan put it. ” You never know when you might be moving a large heavy object or being lowered down into a pit or something and the other guy says ‘Oops! Guess you should have prayed to the same God I do'”. For that reason I usually try not to mix religion and politics with the work place. But occasionally it does come up anyway. So, for safety’s sake, if I am doing something dangerous I usually try to make sure the person I am working with is someone I trust.

Water is the softest thing.

But anyway, I am about as far out of the broom closet as most people can get. I know, due to work and / or family considerations it can’t be that way for everyone. I think those of us who are out of the broom closet have an obligation to help protect the anonymity of and stand up for the rights of those who are in. So here’s the deal. On Facebook and Google+ and places like that they offer some tools that give you a bit of anonymity but they aren’t fool proof. Some of the groups or communities that are on there might seem like a closed and friendly place but you never really know who might be following along or what might turn up in search results. Out here in the blogosphere it’s fairly easy to go to Gmail, Yahoo or somewhere and set up a dummy email address and register on most sites. I, personally, don’t care who you are as long as you aren’t some spam bot or you aren’t being rude and inconsiderate. There is a comment box on the bottom of every post and every page throughout this site. We also have a Yahoo! Group. What I am saying is, I encourage dialog and discussion and will do all I can to protect the anonymity of those who post here. Granted, there are still I.P. addresses and the government, hackers and some other folks can pretty much track anything that happens on the internet. But at least your average, busy body H.O.A. person probably doesn’t have the skills to dig that deep. I am pretty sure most other Pagan bloggers out there feel the same way. So, why not take a chance and comment here instead of on the mighty book of face. Just sayin’. 😉

The World Is Not To Be Put In Order

The world is full of wonders and mysteries. Sometimes when it seems that chaos abounds it is really just the world putting itself back into order.
The world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. - Henry Wilson

The world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. – Henry Wilson

Having a soul.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~James Herriot

Royal Game of Ur

The Royal Game of Ur or Game of Twenty Squares which was unearthed in excavations in the 1920’s and it is considered as one of the oldest complete board games.

©Mesopotamian Civilization [2013]

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We long for the “good old days”…when life was slower and simpler…no McMansions, nice little communities and neighborhoods…one car instead of 3…but that is still an option. We don’t need a time machine..we need to choose differently. There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want to live smarter.

A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.

A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talk to each other instead of about each other.

Everything on the earth has a purpose.

…everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

– Christal Quintasket (1888 – 1936), Salish

The Seeker Pie Is Growing Not Shrinking

Peacock - Symbol of the goddess Hera. Seeker
Peacock – Symbol of the goddess Hera.

I have often marveled at coven, tradition and group leaders who hold jealously on to each and every seeker or student who comes their way as if they live in dread fear that they are going to lose them to another group. Now granted, I understand the need for rules about not trying to follow and study two different paths at once because a student may get distracted or torn between devoting their time to this group or that. Certainly some structure is necessary to stay focused.

But what I am getting at are the ones who absolutely forbid any seeker interaction with other Pagan groups while one is a student of their tradition? I mean, come on, really? If a seeker is to find the path which is true to their spirit they need at least some room to explore don’t you think? It often seems to me that some of these folks behave as though they are chasing pieces of an ever shrinking pie but if anything the pie of Paganism is growing and seems poised to continue to grow for many years to come.

Case in point, take this recent article from Jason Mankey entitled Why Millennials Love Paganism on Patheos in which he responds to another article by one of his favorite Christian writers asking why so many people are leaving the Church. In it he speaks to many things which are a common theme at Pagan gatherings while responding to the original article  Why Millennials Are Leaving the Church by Rachel Held Evans.

We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.

We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.

We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.

I love how Jason responds to this one.

One of the things that Evangelicals don’t seem to understand is that people are tired of obstacles separating them from other faith communities. I’m not a Buddhist, but I want to walk a religious path that validates the choices of my Buddhist friends. I don’t walk with Jesus, but I’m fine with those that walk hand in hand with the hippy from the Galilee. People are tired of hearing how their friends are wrong, Paganism takes that antiquated rhetoric away. I’m not saying that everyone should roll the religion dice each morning (today I’m an Atheist Hellenic Thelemite!), but Paganism has never shut out wisdom, no matter where it comes from.

We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.

And there are several more points in the article that resonate with the Pagan community at large on so many levels. I believe these are very valid points and casts light towards the shift we are seeing in recent decades with so many seekers coming home to a spirituality that speaks to their spirits, that is passed down through their bloodlines. People are answering the call of their ancestors. Let the seeker seek!

Another case in point.

Wicca is now the 5th largest religious group in America. Bigger than Buddha even according to this study from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Did you know that? I didn’t know that until recently. But I do now.  I think it’s time more of us came out of the broom closets so that maybe our kids and grand-kids won’t have to feel ashamed or afraid to practice their spirituality. I don’t want my son to have to be held back from jobs or a promotion because of his beliefs even though no one will come out and say it up front because officially it’s against the law of the land and company policy to deny you your rights based on religious beliefs. (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). So, we’re just going to fire you because you’re not a “team player” or some such nonsense. Yeah, I think it’s time to start putting an end to that and I think things like our children’s future might be a little more important than, Betty So and So said something mean to me 15 years ago and I haven’t gotten over it so I don’t want any of my people to associate with any of her people.

Be good to one another out there! Blessed Be. 🙂



Mom’s Homemade Super Laundry Sauce

Laundry is a chore we all have to do once in awhile. But it doesn’t have to drain our budget as it drains our energy.

Mom's Super Laundry Sauce
Mom’s Super Laundry Sauce

One Single tablespoon does a whole load of wash!

Here is an amazingly simple Do It Yourself detergent that doesn’t leave any residue on clothing, gets nearly every stain known to man out the first time around and smells clean and fresh- oh and did I mention that it costs about $1.76 for 128 loads of laundry?
Since our teen son started working at a fast food restaurant, this has become our most-loved detergent recipe. His clothing was so saturated with heavy french fry and onion ring grease scent that even washing them in TIDE didn’t take out the horrendous smell. I whipped up a half gallon of this detergent and washed his clothes while he was at school- he thought I’d gotten a new shirt from his boss at work! First time EVER that ALL of the smell finally came out of his clothes, without further à deux – here is my Super Laundry Sauce recipe!

As with ALL household/Soap/Detergent/ Cleaner recipes, please take the time to read through the ENTIRE recipe before starting it. It will save you loads of hassle with a recipe that doesn’t set properly.

~ This makes 1/2 Gallon of concentrate ~
~ Btw, that’s a full 128 loads of laundry!! ~

1 bar Fels Naptha (Yes, the ENTIRE Bar!)
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA!!)
4 cups of hot water


This has been one of the most popular articles I’ve ever shared on my blog and it’s not even my typical fare here at Our Pantheons Way, but I appreciate passing the word along and letting people know where it came from originally none-the-less. I had no idea that there was such great interest in making home made laundry soap but I can certainly understand the appeal. It’s apparently a great cost cutter and does a fine job too. Here’s another recipe I found for those who prefer a dry detergent for longer shelf life and storability by Matt and Betsy at DIYNatural.