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Make your own laundry soap or soap powder (UK)
Sat 24-Oct-09
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Suky
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1st load of laundry on using my own laundry soap!  Interesting note: you cannot buy borax in the UK only a borax substitute!  The law changed this year apparently and it has been deemed unsafe!  However the mix 'gelled' and seems ok. will report back on efficiency 🙂

Sat 24-Oct-09
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My main problem here in Latvia is rust as the water has a lot of dissolved iron in it. It is awful stuff to clean. Vinegar and bicarb kind of works but takes a while, maybe need to make a paste of it and leave it but then I have a feeling that will damage the chrome. Any suggestions gratefully received

Sun 25-Oct-09
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Hi JoannaS,

I found a suggestion on another site called Thrifty Fun, and they said.....

If you need to remove rust from chrome, wipe it with aluminum foil dipped in Coke (the soda, not the coal) use a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil and rub.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Hi Suky,

I've never heard of a borax substute, could you share with me the brand name? I'm very curious!

 


 



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Sun 25-Oct-09
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Hi Michelle,

Glad to say the laundry soap is great, clean and fresh with no overpowering fragrance unlike so many modern detergents.  I made a half quantity (no bucket big enough) and it filled 3 4pt milk containers.  Just have to convince the family that I have not gone mad 🙂

The borax sub I purchased on line is made by Clean & Natural, http://www.dri-pak.co.uk

Pack says it is Sodium Sesquicarbonate and is biodegradable.

Mon 26-Oct-09
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Thanks for that link, Suky. We are logging to try Michelle's method too but did not know here to find Borax here in the UK.

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Tue 27-Oct-09
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Can't you get borax at chemists shops in the UK. My problem is first trying to work out the Latvian and then trying to find where you buy it from

Tue 27-Oct-09
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No, my local pharmacy tried to order it for me and was told it is no longer available.  Research online showed that the law has changed and it is not legal to sell it now.   The substitute is basically the same in a slightly different form, apparently, certainly it seems to work. My laundry soap is a great success, even my mother approves WOW!

Sat 31-Oct-09
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Hi Suky, 

I'm so glad you like your results!

I know a lot of people are hesatant to try making laundry soap since they don't know how much it costs to do.

Would you be willing to share how much your batch cost you to make?

Thanks,

Michelle 

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Sat 31-Oct-09
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£1.70 for 24 pints.  I made half this due to the lack of a big pot to mix it in and I filled 3 4pt milk containers.  Each bottle gave between 10 and 11 loads of washing using approx 1 cup each.  So a quick bit of maths - half cost 85p making each wash about 2p, WOW, even better than I thought.

The 500g box of borax sub cost £5.99 with postage, the soda, £1.99 for 750g and the soap £1.02 for 4 bars so I have plenty to make more!

Sat 12-Dec-09
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On a similar topic, I have been looking for substutions for fabric softener/dryer sheets/anti-static. I found another suggestion (I wish I could remember where, I like to give credit where its due).

I took a piece of aluminum foil and crumpled it up into the size of a ball about as big as putting my thumb and first finger together in a circle.

I threw that in the dryer (start it with towels or sheets or heavyer clothing first). The static in the load grounds off the foil ball.

And as the ball tumbles with the load it gets smoother and smoother, after that I trusted it in with my finer laundry. Very reusable, I just leave it in the dryer when I take out the laundry.

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Sat 12-Dec-09
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This year is the first time I have anything like a dryer as I have always hung my washing out to dry, unfortunately living in a flat and it being very damp and miserable outside this autumn in Latvia meant that we have resorted to using a dehumidifier that also conveniently dries our clothes. I was shocked when we moved into America with the look I got from the guy who hauled our washing machine up to our utility room (situated on the first floor-second floor American) when I told him we weren't going to get a dryer and living in Colorado where lack of humidity was a problem I didn't really see why we needed one. I used to dry clothes in the house to raise the humidity because it was needed, I don't think my US friends beleived me.Laugh

Tue 15-Dec-09
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I don't have a dryer either, nor a washing line, all my things are dried in the spare room on clothes hangers.

I'll try that again!

Wed 16-Dec-09
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I would do the same Toffeeapple but unfortunately stuff would just not dry here in autumn, when it is damp and cool. It would freeze dry nicely now but I don't want to be venturing out with wet washing at the minute, my clothes might dry but I would be frozen to the line at the same time.

Wed 16-Dec-09
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I would do the same Toffeeapple but unfortunately stuff would just not dry here in autumn, when it is damp and cool. It would freeze dry nicely now but I don't want to be venturing out with wet washing at the minute, my clothes might dry but I would be frozen to the line at the same time.

Fri 18-Dec-09
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Oh, I don't blame you on that score, I always hated hanging stuff on lines - even more bringing it in.

I'll try that again!

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