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Make your own laundry soap or soap powder (UK)
Thu 1-Dec-11
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Aly
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thanks for the tip, will try it in my machine

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Thu 1-Dec-11
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Wouldn't it make laundry whiff a bit? surprised

I do use bicarb on stains sometimes. I find my husbands deodorant really marks his shirts so have to scrub that as well.

The repair guy also told me to use washing soda in with the wash which I try and remember to do but I think that just softens the water doesn't it? We do have very hard water here in this part of Kent - but we also have a water softener so you would think that might help but not sure if it does.

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Fri 2-Dec-11
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The vinegar will soften the water too and the only smell it leaves is a faint smell of vinegar but it is kind of reminiscent of dry cleaned clothes nothing more.

Fri 2-Dec-11
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If your use white vinegar or white wine vinegar or cider vinegar it doesn't leave much of an aroma on the clothes.

I'll try that again!

Sat 3-Dec-11
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I'm shopping today - what sort of laundry soap should I be looking out for please? Does anyone know what is still available in the UK?

I know I haven't been looking for it in the past but I'm sure I would have seen it on the shelves in Waitrose or Sainsbugs whilst shopping but can't recall it. Maybe a chemist?

Thanks Michelle - great idea ok

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Sat 3-Dec-11
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apparently it's laundry soap but I wonder if the box of soap flakes would work

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Sat 3-Dec-11
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An empty boil wash will sort out the smell .

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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mauramac said:

I'm shopping today - what sort of laundry soap should I be looking out for please? Does anyone know what is still available in the UK?

 

I have been doing a bit of poking about on Google & found that you can but both Knights Castile soap & Dr Bronners soaps on Amazon.

 

 

 

But then I found this interesting company here in the UK. It seems to be a branch of a US company here. Anyway they have a huge stock of soaps for many different uses & the prices seem OK (they quote in UK £'s). They also sell lots of other useful stuff. I think their Household Soaps are what you need. I was amazed by their stock, they even sell Ricketts Blue, now that does bring back the past & my gran's old kitchen on washday.  smile

 

http://www.carbolicsoap.com/index.php

 

I too hope to be making my own soap products next year but I hadn't realised how hard it is to buy what you need here. I think this company might be a winner. It is fun anyway to browse around on their site. 

 

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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Hattie, you really are worthy of "Supreme Being" big_hug

Thanks again for yet another helpful reply - I will be browsing today (in between knitting and pickling red cabbage roll_eyes)

So glad I'm retired I just don't know how I found time to go to work big_laugh

Ricketts Blue eh? Blimey that takes me back as well....

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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Aaaagh - just found Lifebuoy Red and Izal loo paper (both used in our house about 50 years ago) I can almost smell the lifebuoy soap right now big_laugh

What a great shop - even if you just fancy a trip down memory lane.

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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wave Thank you for your remarks....I just love ferreting things out on Google, I hate it when I run out of options & come to a dead end. I used to do a huge amount of research when I was a theatrical designer; it was part of the job. Unfortunately in those days I didn't have a computer. 

I just love this shop & I know both I & various friends will find it very useful, as well as entertaining.  smile

 

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Hattie - which of the soaps on there would you use? There is carbolic but I wonder if it might have too strong a smell for washing clothes.

I have already got a couple of things in the basket! Thought I would try the Mitchells wool fat soap.

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Sun 4-Dec-11
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I think I would use the white Household bar or the lemon one, but I would also try the Cidal soap as it is anti-bacterial, as well as the wool fat one. I think one has to experiment a bit to find out what works for you best.

http://www.carbolicsoap.com/white-household-p-863......c03bf7ed62

 

http://www.carbolicsoap.com/cidal-natural-antibact.....c03bf7ed62

 

i know you will keep us posted on your findings.....Good luck....What fun !!  wink

 

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Mon 5-Dec-11
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Maura, I thought it might be useful to track back on a blog that Michelle mentioned in her opening post on this topic. When I tracked it down i found lots of photos & video information to help us on our way.

 

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-y.....ual-guide/

***useful  to read the comments, as usual.

 

I also found some interesting info on smells in washing machines & on some clothes & how to get rid of them..... eeek

 

http://www.sufficientself.com/forum/viewtopic.php?.....0&p=1

 

Both are American sites but it seems any soap bars are usable as long as they don't contain special moisturisers. 

 

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waveThanks Hattie, I have placed my order with the Carbolic Soap company (bought a few other bits as well roll_eyes) so it should turn up in a day or so. I have a large plastic bucket with a lid which I bought for my DIL when 1st grandchild was born in the hope she would use terry towelling nappies (bought those as well) but no, she wouldn't even consider them angry. I am still using those nappies as cleaning cloths and they are still a nice white colour - well most of them are anyway!

I have an old cheese grater put by so I think I'm nearly all set....ah no, wait a sec, I need some empty bottles. No prob will save some plastic milk bottles if I havent got enough empty laundry ones.

Was surprised to see the washboards for sale on there for almost £35 eeek. I have one of those with glass scrubbing board - didn't realise it might be worth a few bob. I picked mine up on a farm which was selling imported farmhouse furniture from Eastern Europe (which they had dipped to remove paint from). I love that furniture and bought 2 dressers and a glass fronted book case and lots of other bits.

Thanks for the links - will read them whilst having my lunch.... i_am_hungry

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