Remember how I said that stockpiling is an excellent shopping strategy, but there really is such a thing as too much of a good thing? Well, a couple of years ago my husband strolled into a store and found fabric softeners at an excellent price. A really, really great deal.
He came home triumphant, and I beheld several dozen bottles of fabirc softener. I was just researching how to make my own, but instantly dropped that project and addressed a more pressing concern: how to store all these bottles. Finally, with a healthy dose of creativity I managed to find space for all these colorful rows of softener and... you guessed right, I still haven't used it all up.
The problem is, though the fabric softener works as well as ever, with time (this specific brand, at least) very gradually becomes thicker, until this morning I tried to pour some out and just couldn't, because it had finally gotten too gooey to pretend it's a liquid. It had this beautiful pudding-like consistency. Which brings me back to my original point - even though it may be very tempting to come home with a large store of something and think, "now I won't have to buy this again for years!", even non-perishables can develop some flaws over time. Anyway...
A quick consultation with my husband ("should I throw these away? Such a pity... my favorite scents...") and a search of the web resulted in a simple and sensible solution. I took a spare bottle, forced some congealed softener into it (using a spoon) and shook it up with some water until reaching desired consistency. Hopefully I will be able to use it easily now, perhaps in a rather larger quantity, as it is now less concentrated.
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