Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Esse's How to No. 1 - Oatmeal soap sachets

This morning, I am making 6 oatmeal soap sachets for use throughout the week.

I have a lovely range of itchy rashes, brought on through skin intolerance to things like soap, shampoo, air, clothes, sun, pollen, food, you name it, it's gunna make me itch.  Except oatmeal.  Oatmeal dissolved in a bath is like swimming through cool silk, soft and soothing and leaves me feeling that little bit stronger against the outside world.

And after embarassing myself yesterday, I need some soothing.  Social awkwardness is such a fun life skill.

Here are the instructions.

1.  Dig around for half an hour, trying to remember where in your heavily cluttered house you keep the muslin.  Ditto for scissors.  Decide the whole concept of trying to find rubber bands will probably include tears into the mix and since there is no need for salt in this recipe, go to the sewing box and grab some expensive embroidery thread.

Cut the muslin into 6 squares about 20-30 cm wide.  Cut 6 lengths of embroidery thread to 20 cm.

I am using the red thread because I bought heaps to do a cross stitch of Lt. Uhura from the Starship Enterprise and naturally never got past the planning stage.  Any colour is fine. ;-)

 2.  Look in the cupboard for the oatmeal you have bought in preparation for today.  Notice it's missing.  Look at Trickey's homemade muesli mix, become aware it has a lot of rolled oats in it.  Wonder if Trickey's muesli will work the same as oatmeal.  Sigh.  Go up the shops.  Buy some chocolate more rolled oats.
Left: His muesli, looking suspciously like rolled oats have been mixed in.  Right: The remnants of my rolled oats.

3.  Find your new grinder, since you blew up the old one last year.  I'm guessing for those without grinders, rolling them with a rolling pin on baking paper will have a similar effect, but you'll have to make the "bzzzzz" sound yourself.
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
This is one of the fun parts!  You can add other things to the oatmeal to make it more fun.  Almonds, sunflowers, cinnamon, ginger and if you are afraid of vampires/the opposite gender, garlic.   I have added my chai spices, which is cinnamon, cardamon pods, cloves and vanilla.  These I previously ground up to make a yummy tea.

4.  Lay a muslin square on a plate, to avoid the mess of any ground oats that sift through the open weave of the fabric.  Carefully pour about a sixth of the mixture onto the muslin.  Wish you'd redone your nails before taking the picture.

Neat and organised



Realise there is no way you can judge a sixth like that.  Lay the other five out anyway and just clean up the mess later.  Avoid having hands in this picture.
Oh well.


5.  Gather each corner of the muslin at the top to make a bag.  Successfully avoid having chipped nail polish in photo but dismally fail at moving the salt and vinegar chippie packet out of the way.

Daisy plate!
Wrap thread around the middle of your sachet and tie in a double knot.   Do this for all 6 sachets.
Not very elegant, but since they are used once and then I wash the muslin, seems silly to put too much effort in.


Gather all of them together and giggle as you recall what your daughter used to call them when she was a toddler.

Pretty ghosties!
These are great in a bath, as well, especially when you add apple cider vinegar and peppermint leaves to the water.   
Voila!

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