Luna Faery

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Queer-femme lady here I live in the city(Columbus OH) currently with my man, but are currently looking for land to build a cob home for ourselves and my girlfriend
Nice to know that there are queer permies that live outside of Oregon and Cali!
8 years ago
That would work too. Just the dead men will be very sturdy though. Use a larger one if you are worried about it. I would imagine it could hold upwards of 500lbs. Or embed rafters, hang the hammock from the rafters.
8 years ago
cob
Why bother with that? Put in deadmen and some hooks. You'll be just fine.
8 years ago
cob
Thanks for the recipe! Do you know what the purpose of the glyercine is?
8 years ago
Works fine with stains with me. Only problems I have found is that my whites get dingy when I wash them together with my other clothes(I always use cold).
But I understand this happens with normal detergent also. We also have some hand dyed clothes in the mix, which I am sure contributes. My lazy solution? Eliminate whites from our wardrobes! We don't have enough for a full load of just whites anways.

I haven't had to wash cobbers clothes with this soap yet, so no experience with clay stains.

Otherways to eliminate stains is stick with natural fibers(polyester plus oil stain? good luck.), and put cornstarch or similar on a grease stain right away to soak up the oils.

Any other experience is welcomed! Let me know. Always curious about this sort of thing. I used a similar borax,vinegar, and soda soap in my dishwasher( i can find the recipe if you want it) when i had one, and it left them all cloudy. No longer have one, even though I miss it!
8 years ago
Thank you for the reply

I have heard something about adding gypsum to earth plasters, but i think that's only water-resistant.
8 years ago
cob
I have made laundry soap using grated soap(ivory, fels naptha, etc) and it's a pain. Grating the soap takes a while and there's this yucky soap 'dust'. I've also done the whole 'melting' down the soap for a gel-like laundry soap. Also a pain. I also don't like the soap as much.
Skip it and use this recipe I've been using for over a year. Get a big bowl and scale up the recipe for a big batch if you like it. I only use 1/4 cup per load and it works fine. Add more if you want.

It's a bit messy but it's kinda fun plus if you make a big batch it'll last you for months. Go ahead, get your hands dirty!(clean??)

1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap(like Dr. Bronners)

■Pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stir in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding).

■Mix well and store in sealed container.
8 years ago
I've got a pint of fresh (pitted) dates to use up. I haven't really eaten them before except little peices in my granola.

Any ideas that aren't sweet baked goods? I welcome savory ideas too!
8 years ago
I'm looking for info on completely waterproof cob for sinks and tubs.

Also, can anyone ID these images? (all I have is an image) Where are they from?

http://pinterest.com/pin/133137732704243216/

http://pinterest.com/pin/27021666483954705/

Both seem to have cob plastered in areas that would (hopefully!) hold water.

Very curious. Any takers?
8 years ago
cob