Gluten Gone Wild

Seriously, every time I think I have figured out every possible form of gluten, and every possible way it could get to me…I find something new.  I have Celiac Disease, and need to avoid gluten at all costs.  As well as not eating it, I can’t use many soaps, lotions, cosmetics, and more.  I try to use gloves in the kitchen if I think I can’t wash my hands right away.  It really is that severe for me.

Just when I think I have it all figured out…

Baby finished his snack, which was Gerber puffs, and I wiped him off and took him out of his high chair.  My usual ritual is then to go straight to the kitchen, wash the tray and then immediately wash my hands.   Being that he dumped out the whole container, both husband and I were feverishly cleaning up “mess of gluten.”  Somehow in the moment, my eye started to itch and I rubbed it. Thought nothing of it, washed my hands and wiped my face knowing that was A LOT of puffs and crumbs that were just dealt with.

What happened next will blow your mind.  Within 15 minutes, my left eye had swollen nearly shut and tears were gushing out of it.  It got so red I thought I had pink eye.  Then massive hives took over my body. I rushed to medicate and get into bed.  It was the worst one I have had in a long, long time.

Why am I blogging about this?  If there is one thing I have learned it is that every time I think I know, I find out there is more to learn.  Always.  This concept never fails.  I know I will not make this mistake again….but I’m sure I’ll make other ones!



  1. Sheila said,

    February 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not sure if this is gluten free, but I know that this recipe that I use is a lot less toxic than many other detergents. It takes 20 minutes to make a bucket, and you get about 60 loads. It’s a lot cheaper, too. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need help finding the ingredients.

    Great Reader Tip:

    To keep the liquid detergent stirred up, put a few marbles in the storage jug. The marbles will help mix everything and keep it mixed.

    Liquid Laundry Detergent:

    First Recipe:

    3 Pints Water

    1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated

    1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)

    1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

    2 Gallon bucket to mix it in

    1 Quart hot water Hot Water

    Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick. Mix Well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Makes 64 loads. Cost per load .03.

  2. samayazmom said,

    February 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Will look into Shee!!! Borax seems to be gluten free but I can’t get confirmation on FN. The “fragrance” may be gluten. Thanks though!!!!

  3. Sheila said,

    February 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I should have mentioned you don’t have to use Fels. It can be any bar soap, so if you find one that works well for you that is gluten free, just substitute that for the Fels.

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