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  1. #1
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?

    Anyway.

    Laundry Detergent:

    1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    will work), grated
    1 cup washing soda
    1 cup borax powder*
    5 gallon bucket
    *
    Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    the soap melts. *Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
    dissolved. *Remove from heat. *Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket. *
    Now add your soap mixture and stir. *Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    water and stir. *Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. *

    I use about 1/3 cup per load. 1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    load. It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    *
    The finished soap will not be a solid gel. *It will be more of a
    watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    look.
    *
    The soap is a low sudsing soap. *It works just fine in our HE machine.


    Stain Treater:

    1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    1/4 cup glycerin
    1 *cups water

    Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. I used an old spray and wash
    bottle.

    Fabric Softener:

    2 cups baking soda
    2 cups white vinegar
    4 cups hot water
    1/4 cup glycerin
    40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)

    ***Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
    and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.

    Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.

    You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
    is mixed well.

    ***One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.

    And a two bonus recipes:

    Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    2 cups water
    2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia


    Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser

    4 parts baking soda
    1 part borax

    Store in a shaker container.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 1:55*pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
    wrote:
    > * *Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >
    > * *Anyway. *
    >
    > * *Laundry Detergent:
    >
    > * *1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > will work), grated
    > * *1 cup washing soda
    > * *1 cup borax powder
    > * *5 gallon bucket
    > * *Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
    > dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
    >
    > * *I use about 1/3 cup per load. *1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > load. *It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    > * *The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > look.
    > * *The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE machine.
    >
    > * *Stain Treater:
    >
    > * *1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > * *1/4 cup glycerin
    > * *1 cups water
    >
    > * *Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. *I used an old spray andwash
    > bottle.
    >
    > * *Fabric Softener:
    >
    > * *2 cups baking soda
    > * *2 cups white vinegar
    > * *4 cups hot water
    > * *1/4 cup glycerin
    > * *40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)
    >
    > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
    > and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.
    >
    > * *Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.
    >
    > * *You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
    > is mixed well.
    >
    > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.
    >
    > * *And a two bonus recipes:
    >
    > * *Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >
    > * *Mix in a sprayer bottle:
    >
    > * *2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > * *2 cups water
    > * *2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia
    >
    > * *Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >
    > * *4 parts baking soda
    > * *1 part borax
    >
    > * *Store in a shaker container.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >
    > "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >
    > http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/


    What...are you living in the 1800's?

  3. #3
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:00:39 -0700 (PDT), Chemo the Clown
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Jul 19, 1:55*pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
    >wrote:
    >> * *Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >>
    >> * *Anyway. *
    >>
    >> * *Laundry Detergent:
    >>

    snip
    >> * *Stain Treater:

    snip

    >> * *Fabric Softener:
    >>

    snip

    >> * *And a two bonus recipes:
    >>
    >> * *Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >>

    snip
    >> * *Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >>

    snip
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >>
    >> "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >>
    >> http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

    >
    >What...are you living in the 1800's?


    No, she is living economically, practically, safely, with creativity,
    self-sufficiency, intelligence and a teeny-tiny carbon footprint.

    Three cheers for Ranee. Hip, Hip Hooray!

    Boron


  4. #4
    nurk_fred2000 Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 2:00*pm, Chemo the Clown <bhansen1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > On Jul 19, 1:55*pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > * *Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?

    >
    > > * *Anyway. *

    >
    > > * *Laundry Detergent:

    >
    > > * *1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > > will work), grated
    > > * *1 cup washing soda
    > > * *1 cup borax powder
    > > * *5 gallon bucket
    > > * *Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
    > > dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.

    >
    > > * *I use about 1/3 cup per load. *1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > > load. *It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    > > * *The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > > look.
    > > * *The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE machine.

    >
    > > * *Stain Treater:

    >
    > > * *1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > > * *1/4 cup glycerin
    > > * *1 cups water

    >
    > > * *Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. *I used an old spray and wash
    > > bottle.

    >
    > > * *Fabric Softener:

    >
    > > * *2 cups baking soda
    > > * *2 cups white vinegar
    > > * *4 cups hot water
    > > * *1/4 cup glycerin
    > > * *40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)

    >
    > > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
    > > and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.

    >
    > > * *Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.

    >
    > > * *You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
    > > is mixed well.

    >
    > > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.

    >
    > > * *And a two bonus recipes:

    >
    > > * *Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

    >
    > > * *Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    >
    > > * *2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > > * *2 cups water
    > > * *2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia

    >
    > > * *Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser

    >
    > > * *4 parts baking soda
    > > * *1 part borax

    >
    > > * *Store in a shaker container.

    >
    > > Regards,
    > > Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    >
    > > "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    >
    > >http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

    >
    > What...are you living in the 1800's?


    ***Hey Chemo, get back in the kitchen...Better yet why not concoct a
    do-it-yourself recipe for an upset stomach that we all need after
    following your post over at alt.cooking-chat...That peach marinade for
    your roasted pork loin is still giving me the Hershey Squirts!

  5. #5
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:

    > No, she is living economically, practically, safely, with creativity,
    > self-sufficiency, intelligence and a teeny-tiny carbon footprint.
    >
    > Three cheers for Ranee. Hip, Hip Hooray!


    Why thank you! It's also fun to do and see the changes in the
    substances from the chemical reactions. Our children are able to do it
    and see real life applications of math and chemistry.

    I forgot to mention that so far, the two best dish liquids for the
    stain treater have been Crystal White Octagon (which I can't get
    anymore) and Palmolive (the regular kind without the anti-bacterial
    stuff in it). I bought some fancy pants, organic, all natural dish
    liquid at the Grocery Outlet that works just nicely on our dishes, so I
    will try it in our stain treater soon and report back.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Tara Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:55:58 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Stain Treater:
    >
    > 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent


    Is this dishwasher detergent or hand washing detergent? Thanks!

    Tara

  7. #7
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Tara <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:55:58 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Stain Treater:
    > >
    > > 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent

    >
    > Is this dishwasher detergent or hand washing detergent? Thanks!


    Hand washing dish detergent. I mentioned some specific brands in a
    reply. Also, I think others have had Dawn work well in this, but I
    haven't used it. I do know I've gotten out baby stains - all kinds,
    blood, week old berry stains, you name it. It doesn't get every thing
    out, but often I can reapply it before putting something through the
    dryer and let it sit a little, then wash again to get something really
    tough.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  8. #8
    Steve Freides Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:
    > Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >
    > Anyway.
    >
    > Laundry Detergent:
    >
    > 1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > will work), grated
    > 1 cup washing soda
    > 1 cup borax powder
    > 5 gallon bucket


    Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., what is
    "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? I know I could Google but I'd
    appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    them.

    Thanks.

    -S-


    > Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it
    > is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
    >
    > I use about 1/3 cup per load. 1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > load. It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    >
    > The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > look.
    >
    > The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE
    > machine.
    >
    >
    > Stain Treater:
    >
    > 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 1 cups water
    >
    > Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. I used an old spray and
    > wash bottle.
    >
    > Fabric Softener:
    >
    > 2 cups baking soda
    > 2 cups white vinegar
    > 4 cups hot water
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)
    >
    > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and
    > glycerin and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use
    > it.
    >
    > Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.
    >
    > You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure
    > everything is mixed well.
    >
    > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.
    >
    > And a two bonus recipes:
    >
    > Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >
    > Mix in a sprayer bottle:
    >
    > 2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > 2 cups water
    > 2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia
    >
    >
    > Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >
    > 4 parts baking soda
    > 1 part borax
    >
    > Store in a shaker container.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >
    > "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >
    > http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/




  9. #9
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener


    "Boron Elgar" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:00:39 -0700 (PDT), Chemo the Clown
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Jul 19, 1:55 pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
    >>wrote:
    >>> Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >>>
    >>> Anyway.
    >>>
    >>> Laundry Detergent:
    >>>

    > snip
    >>> Stain Treater:

    > snip
    >
    >>> Fabric Softener:
    >>>

    > snip
    >
    >>> And a two bonus recipes:
    >>>
    >>> Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >>>

    > snip
    >>> Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >>>

    > snip
    >>>
    >>> Regards,
    >>> Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >>>
    >>> "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >>>
    >>> http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

    >>
    >>What...are you living in the 1800's?

    >
    > No, she is living economically, practically, safely, with creativity,
    > self-sufficiency, intelligence and a teeny-tiny carbon footprint.
    >
    > Three cheers for Ranee. Hip, Hip Hooray!
    >
    > Boron
    >


    She's also head of the Walton clan

    Jill


  10. #10
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Steve Freides" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., what is
    > "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? I know I could Google but I'd
    > appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    > them.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > -S-


    Both are washing agents/soaps that are usually found in the laundry
    aisle. The washing soda comes in a box that looks like a huge arm and
    hammer baking soda box. It isn't exactly baking soda, though, so don't
    just get that. I usually find them near the Oxiclean/stain treater
    section of the aisle. Also, Borax makes great silly putty.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  11. #11
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On 19/07/2011 7:49 PM, Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:

    > Both are washing agents/soaps that are usually found in the laundry
    > aisle. The washing soda comes in a box that looks like a huge arm and
    > hammer baking soda box. It isn't exactly baking soda, though, so don't
    > just get that. I usually find them near the Oxiclean/stain treater
    > section of the aisle. Also, Borax makes great silly putty.


    Borax is also supposed to be good for controlling creeping charlie on
    your lawn.

  12. #12
    Chemo the Clown Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 4:51*pm, Dave Smith <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > On 19/07/2011 7:49 PM, Ran e at Arabian Knits wrote:
    >
    > > * * Both are washing agents/soaps that are usually found in the laundry
    > > aisle. *The washing soda comes in a box that looks like a huge arm and
    > > hammer baking soda box. *It isn't exactly baking soda, though, so don't
    > > just get that. *I usually find them near the Oxiclean/stain treater
    > > section of the aisle. *Also, Borax makes great silly putty.

    >
    > Borax is also supposed to be good for controlling creeping charlie on
    > your lawn.


    I wonder if it will work on creeping andy?

  13. #13
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:51:53 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 19/07/2011 7:49 PM, Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:
    >
    >> Both are washing agents/soaps that are usually found in the laundry
    >> aisle. The washing soda comes in a box that looks like a huge arm and
    >> hammer baking soda box. It isn't exactly baking soda, though, so don't
    >> just get that. I usually find them near the Oxiclean/stain treater
    >> section of the aisle. Also, Borax makes great silly putty.

    >
    >Borax is also supposed to be good for controlling creeping charlie on
    >your lawn.


    The bees and I love 'creeping charlie'. I use it in place of fresh
    thyme in recipes.

    I used to visit an abandoned orchard that was blanketed with a carpet
    of creeping charlie 6" thick. On a hot august day the smell was just
    this side of heaven.

    I'd prefer it to grass if I could get it to cover my whole 'lawn'.

    Jim

  14. #14
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 5:09*pm, "Steve Freides" <st...@kbnj.com> wrote:
    > Ranée at Arabian Knits wrote:
    >
    > > * Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?

    >
    > > * Anyway.

    >
    > > * Laundry Detergent:

    >
    > > * 1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > > will work), grated
    > > * 1 cup washing soda
    > > * 1 cup borax powder
    > > * 5 gallon bucket

    >
    > Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., what is
    > "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? *I know I could Google but I'd
    > appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    > them.


    Using "soap" to make detergent is dumb. Linear alcohol alkoxylates
    are not environmentally bad, and will get your homespun calico dresses
    cleaner.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > -S-
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > * Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it
    > > is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.

    >
    > > * I use about 1/3 cup per load. *1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > > load. *It costs me about a penny a load or less.

    >
    > > * The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > > look.

    >
    > > * The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE
    > > machine.

    >
    > > * Stain Treater:

    >
    > > * 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > > * 1/4 cup glycerin
    > > * 1 cups water

    >
    > > * Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. *I used an old spray and
    > > wash bottle.

    >
    > > * Fabric Softener:

    >
    > > * 2 cups baking soda
    > > * 2 cups white vinegar
    > > * 4 cups hot water
    > > * 1/4 cup glycerin
    > > * 40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)

    >
    > > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and
    > > glycerin and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use
    > > it.

    >
    > > * Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.

    >
    > > * You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure
    > > everything is mixed well.

    >
    > > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.


    Sodium acetate and glycerin isn't fabric softener.
    >
    > > * And a two bonus recipes:

    >
    > > * Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

    >
    > > * Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    >
    > > * 2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > > * 2 cups water
    > > * 2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia


    Will not work anywhere near as well as Windex, and Windex is pretty
    green these days. They haven't put
    2-butoxyethanol into Windex for quite a few years, and this Wikipedia
    article has seriously out of date info regarding the current Windex
    formulation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-Butoxyethanol
    >
    > > * Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser

    >
    > > * 4 parts baking soda
    > > * 1 part borax

    >

    That mixture is NOT a disinfectant. This is the only one of your
    mixes that has any merit. It will cut soap scum off of bathtubs and
    sinks. It will not scratch porcelain--one should never use Comet-type
    cleanser on porcelain. It will not, however, disinfect. The only
    cheap disinfectant is chlorine bleach, and the only green ones are
    alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. If you scour on your baking soda
    stuff, do not rinse it, then apply hydrogen peroxide with a spray
    bottle, the peroxide will liberate oxygen when it comes into contact
    with a base. The concentrated oxygen is a disinfectant.

    > > * Store in a shaker container.


    Prior to my job as a simple church custodian, I managed and supervised
    cleaning operations for Venture stores, and a few other places. I am
    very frugal, and while I do agree that adding a tiny amount of borax
    and/or washing soda can help use less detergent, if and only if you
    have fairly hard water, you're best off using store brand, perfume-
    free, HE detergents in your front loader. Very light concentrations
    of bleach in the first rinse cycle of a front loader, and choosing the
    "extra rinse" option, will do a great job disinfecting fabrics such as
    cottons that have mildewed and cloth diapers, while leaving almost no
    residue, but if you want to sanitize clothes to a reasonable extent
    without chlorine, most HE front loaders have and option for super hot
    water wash. H2O2 bleaches are not really very green because of the
    high amount fossil fuels used to make them, which is why they're so
    pricey. I'm not just blowing out my ass. I know this stuff. I've
    been in the cleaning business since I was 16.

    If anyone here wants advice on the care of resilient flooring, that's
    my particular area of expertise.

    >
    > > Regards,
    > > Ranee @ Arabian Knits


    --Bryan

  15. #15
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:09:27 -0400, "Steve Freides" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., what is
    > "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? I know I could Google but I'd
    > appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    > them.


    Heh! You must be a young whipper snapper. I remember Ronald Regan's
    20 Mule Team Borax commercials on television back in the day.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  16. #16
    Bryan Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 7:51*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:09:27 -0400, "Steve Freides" <st...@kbnj.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., what is
    > > "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? *I know I could Google but I'd
    > > appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    > > them.

    >
    > Heh! *You must be a young whipper snapper. *I remember Ronald Regan's
    > 20 Mule Team Borax commercials on television back in the day.
    >

    I don't hold it against the 20 Mule Team folks that they hired Reagan
    (may he rot in Hell). They couldn't have known what an asshole he'd
    turn out to be.

    --Bryan

  17. #17
    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    On Jul 19, 7:57*pm, Bryan <bryangsimm...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Jul 19, 7:51*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:> On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:09:27 -0400, "Steve Freides" <st...@kbnj.com>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > > > Some of these ingredients are completely unfamiliar to me, e.g., whatis
    > > > "washing soda", what is "borax powder"? *I know I could Google but I'd
    > > > appreciate an explanation as to what these are and where one might find
    > > > them.

    >
    > > Heh! *You must be a young whipper snapper. *I remember Ronald Regan's
    > > 20 Mule Team Borax commercials on television back in the day.

    >
    > I don't hold it against the 20 Mule Team folks that they hired Reagan
    > (may he rot in Hell). *They couldn't have known what an asshole he'd
    > turn out to be.
    >
    > --Bryan


    And he even suckered his daughter Patti into the sham:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnZaq...eature=related

    She was so young and pretty there.

    John Kuthe...

  18. #18
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    thanks, Lee
    "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >
    > Anyway.
    >
    > Laundry Detergent:
    >
    > 1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > will work), grated
    > 1 cup washing soda
    > 1 cup borax powder
    > 5 gallon bucket
    >
    > Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
    > dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
    >
    > I use about 1/3 cup per load. 1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > load. It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    >
    > The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > look.
    >
    > The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE machine.
    >
    >
    > Stain Treater:
    >
    > 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 1 cups water
    >
    > Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. I used an old spray and wash
    > bottle.
    >
    > Fabric Softener:
    >
    > 2 cups baking soda
    > 2 cups white vinegar
    > 4 cups hot water
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)
    >
    > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
    > and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.
    >
    > Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.
    >
    > You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
    > is mixed well.
    >
    > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.
    >
    > And a two bonus recipes:
    >
    > Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >
    > Mix in a sprayer bottle:
    >
    > 2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > 2 cups water
    > 2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia
    >
    >
    > Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >
    > 4 parts baking soda
    > 1 part borax
    >
    > Store in a shaker container.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >
    > "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >
    > http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/




  19. #19
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener

    she found a way to save money so what's your problem, my motto: i save where
    i can so i can spend where i want

    Lee
    "Chemo the Clown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    On Jul 19, 1:55 pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
    wrote:
    > Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
    >
    > Anyway.
    >
    > Laundry Detergent:
    >
    > 1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
    > will work), grated
    > 1 cup washing soda
    > 1 cup borax powder
    > 5 gallon bucket
    > Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
    > the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
    > dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
    > Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
    > water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
    >
    > I use about 1/3 cup per load. 1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
    > load. It costs me about a penny a load or less.
    > The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
    > watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
    > look.
    > The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE machine.
    >
    > Stain Treater:
    >
    > 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 1 cups water
    >
    > Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. I used an old spray and wash
    > bottle.
    >
    > Fabric Softener:
    >
    > 2 cups baking soda
    > 2 cups white vinegar
    > 4 cups hot water
    > 1/4 cup glycerin
    > 40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
    > like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
    > essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)
    >
    > Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
    > softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
    > and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.
    >
    > Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
    > you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
    > it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.
    >
    > You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
    > is mixed well.
    >
    > One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
    > and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
    > them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.
    >
    > And a two bonus recipes:
    >
    > Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
    >
    > Mix in a sprayer bottle:
    >
    > 2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    > 2 cups water
    > 2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia
    >
    > Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
    >
    > 4 parts baking soda
    > 1 part borax
    >
    > Store in a shaker container.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Ranee @ Arabian Knits
    >
    > "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
    >
    > http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/


    What...are you living in the 1800's?



  20. #20
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Rec: Laundry Detergent, Stain Treater & Fabric Softener


    "Tara" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:55:58 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Stain Treater:
    >>
    >> 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent

    >
    > Is this dishwasher detergent or hand washing detergent? Thanks!
    >
    > Tara


    Gotta be the liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Ranee doesn't do anything
    that isn't straight out of the Amish country.

    Jill


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