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Make your own laundry soap or soap powder (UK)
Wed 14-Dec-11
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Michelle from Oregon
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Sheesh, don't know where i've been, but happy to see all of the help you've gotten Maureen!

I can make a suggestion for your smell problems with your front load washer (that's what I have).

When the washer isn't in use I prop the door open. I think this helps as the seal that the door has to have is sooo tight, it makes a great place for bad odors to get traped in.

After I sort my clothes for a wash, I put the whites in first, hot water with bleach, and add vinegar for the softener cycle (Thank you Joanna, I started doing that a while back when you suggested it and my clothes come out soft and clean smelling!) After that I add the laundry in whatever order I wish, but I think starting with a hot load with bleach helps clean everything out initally.

Good luck and I'll try to do a better job keeping my eye on this thread if you have any more questions!big_laugh

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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Another thread I've only just caught up with as well.....embarassed

I think Seth is right about a boil wash.  A washing machine engineer once told me that our machines nowadays get clogged up with undissolved washing powder/liquid because we all get told to use a low temperature wash - it's the powder/liquid residue that causes the smell, and can eventually bug*er up the working parts too eeek.  So he suggested once in a while (say once a month) running the machine empty on a boil wash.

Oh, and I've noticed water tends to accumulate in the bottom part of the rubber door seal and quickly turns to mould if not cleaned out - another source of the smell.

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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I found a tomato seedling just there the other week...roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Dec-11
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Hi Michelle - thanks for replying (by the way I'm Maura big_laugh) but don't worry I get called all sorts of variations on that and even one of my Irish Aunties used to call me Maur...een (thats how she used to say it).

I haven't started my laundry soap yet as still trying to get hold of some Borax substitute. I'm hoping to get that tomorrow.

I always use a really hot wash for my whites - sorry but can't be doing with all the eco friendly stuff that tries to encourage us to wash at low temperatures. I know that might upset some folk but I like my whites white. I use my machine most days - despite there being only 2 of us at home now (who said it gets easier when the children leave home what_the_heck) but will give the vinegar option a go. Every few weeks I run the machine on empty on a 60 + stains wash and if my dishcloths haven't been boiled up I chuck them in with some washing soda. Basically I do just about everything that has been suggested and have to say it isn't as bad as it used to be. The only time I did a boil (90 degrees) cycle the machine flooded the kitchen! The engineer said my water temperature was way too high and this had caused the problem so I haven't risked it since.

Thanks everyone - can't wait to get cracking on the laundry soap.

By the way - I love hanging my washing out on the line. I am sad enough to actually enjoy seeing it flap about in the fresh air and really love the smell of the clean washing when you bring it indoors - lovely.

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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I'm with you Maura. I have dutifully used a 30 or 40° wash but am fed up with things not getting clean. I was also concerned about bedding not being washed properly so have now gone back to hotter washes. I very much want to make my own laundry but haven't got my head round it yet. I alos love the smell of line dried things especially bed linen!

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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mauramac said:

Hi Michelle - thanks for replying (by the way I'm Maura big_laugh)

Oh don't mind me Maura, I am notorious for using the wrong name, especally on here!

Put it down to being either tired or my mind is 12 steps ahead of where I am! big_laugh

 

Sooliz said:

Oh, and I've noticed water tends to accumulate in the bottom part of the rubber door seal and quickly turns to mould if not cleaned out - another source of the smell.

doh That's another thing, wiping down your door seal! Stuff can accumulate in the seal (I find lots of pet hair usually) and it helps if you give it a wipe now and then.

 

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I was also concerned about bedding not being washed properly so have now gone back to hotter washes.

Its especally a concern if you are allergic to dust mites (which my husband is), and I was told you need to use hot water to remove them.

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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Or a husband that works out on the land and comes in smelling like a fishman. I have no idea why cutting trees always leaves such a horrendous smell on clothes but it does.doh

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I am just adding this site to the other information on here, it has lots of soap-making info on it.

 

http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2010/09/12-new-things.....-soap.html

 

wave Maura, Have you managed to make any soap yet?

 

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Thu 9-Feb-12
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Thanks for that. I haved saved the site as it looks easy to understand. I also like the review of the result.my issue will be sourcing the ingredients.

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Aly , maybe your daughter & husband could bring the supplies over when they move their stuff over to France.

I have used this company for buying various products & found them very reliable & helpful, with fast delivery. 

 

http://www.justasoap.co.uk/catalog/melt-pour-soap-.....tAod0AvNgQ

 

If you have problems buying borax you can get it from this company

 

http://mistralie.co.uk/catalogue/product/18/Borax-.....cahydrate-

 

They are a fund of information about how various chemicals & products work.

 

Perhaps, once you have the technical names for the products & how they work you could investigate their availability in France. If you do it online you can always use the translator if your French isn't up to the technicalities. I don't mean to be rude about your ability to understand French.....runaway

Hope this helps  wave

 

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Many thanks, we are very familiar with google translate for words that are beyond us! I will see if any will deliver here, failing that I get it sent to my daughter and she posts it to me if a trip is not planned soon. At the moment they will be over in May for when their nephew arrives.

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