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post #21 of 51
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Originally Posted by wynkenblynken&nod
3momkmb and Citymomx3, I you!
Back at 'ya!
post #22 of 51
The zote smells as l. det. but does NOT leave a smell on your clothes. It's pretty much unscented! I love scent tho so I add a 1/2 shot of Downy to my rinse.
post #23 of 51
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Originally Posted by wynkenblynken&nod
So, then she asked what it was for and I told her. I said it is a lot better for you and for the environment. She spoke at the same time and said it is probably better for you. Then she heard the "environment" part and said "better for the environment? Yeah, good LUCK!" To which I went and she said what really irked me "That doesn't work". What doesn't work? Doing things to make our world a better place? Trying to protect our environment? I don't get it!
Olivia
My father is a raging Southern Republican and he finally (I am 34 and just moved across country) FINALLY explained what he means by this kind of comment.

He feels that it is absolute ego on our parts to think that we, in the singular, can do something to save something so overwhelming and everpresent as the environment. He feels the same way about social causes, and used the "Free Tibet" stickers on college kid's cars as an example.

Where you or I may assume that this is true, (I can't actually save so much as a seal in the Arctic or a fish in the Amazon from my comfy suburban home) we may go further and think "but together we can make a difference." Perhaps this is the break in the logic between "them and us."

She was very rude to make that commentand to laugh at you, but hey; It was Wally World.
post #24 of 51

Repelling Mosquitos

I haven't tried this yet, myself, but I know people who swear by vitamin B as a way to become one of those people that mosquitos ignore while they mob others. One woman I know used to be mosquito food before she started taking vitamin B, and now she thinks nothing of going into the Amazon area. I keep hearing this. Worth a try - especially now, with the new mosquito-borne diseases to be concerned about. Lillian
post #25 of 51
I've heard keeping a Bounce dryer sheet on your person works too. They say it HAS TO BE a BOUNCE sheet tho!
post #26 of 51

Bounce

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Originally Posted by leeperfrawg
I've heard keeping a Bounce dryer sheet on your person works too. They say it HAS TO BE a BOUNCE sheet tho!
Be sure it doesn't touch the skin, though - even putting on clothes that have been dried in a dryer with it and cause a rash on some people (I'm one of those). - Lillian
post #27 of 51
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Originally Posted by Wolfmeis
My father is a raging Southern Republican and he finally (I am 34 and just moved across country) FINALLY explained what he means by this kind of comment.

He feels that it is absolute ego on our parts to think that we, in the singular, can do something to save something so overwhelming and everpresent as the environment.
Every little bit DOES matter and help. (One quarter isn't much money- but how about a whole dumptruck full of quarters??)
Beyond that, it is wrong to waste or damage things. It's not ownership- it's stewardship.
post #28 of 51
GOT IT!

Ok, here's the recipe I used:

3 Pints Water
1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
2 Gallon Bucket
1 Quart Hot Water
Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of 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 with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.


I used the whole bar of soap and more water at the beginning and the end and I used a 5-gallon bucket. It has no real smell to it, but it just makes your clothes smell CLEAN. It was great for the cloth diapers (all kinds - prefolds, aios, fuzzibunz, etc). I had great pride in that detergent (lol) and I may start making it again. Good luck and let me know how you like it.
post #29 of 51
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Originally Posted by Lillian J
I haven't tried this yet, myself, but I know people who swear by vitamin B as a way to become one of those people that mosquitos ignore while they mob others. One woman I know used to be mosquito food before she started taking vitamin B, and now she thinks nothing of going into the Amazon area. I keep hearing this. Worth a try - especially now, with the new mosquito-borne diseases to be concerned about. Lillian

Actually my homopath suggested DD take Vit. B when she saw that she was totally covered in bites.
post #30 of 51
Thread Starter 

I love the responses and the thought

put into them. I want to keep rereading them.
post #31 of 51
Thanks SOOOOOOOOO much for your recipe, will get the rest of the ingredients and make it, will let you know when i use it
post #32 of 51
hey! can i ask a question? i haven't been to a walmart in forever (wonder why? gack) but i keep trying to track washing soda down, & the places that used to have it no longer carry it. walmart was the last place i saw some. sooooo- would anyone brave enough to admit they still go to walmart, heck, brave enough to GO to walmart, let me know if they still carry it? i would rather not step foot into the place if i can avoid it.

ps GARDEN RIDGE? you still have a garden ridge? ours- our very busy, very successful store, went out of business, & i figured it had to be something corporate & they were all gone. you are telling me 'tisn't so?

now if i can just find the fels naphtha (got the borax <g>)

susan
post #33 of 51
i was on a home schooling chat room(calvert homeschool) a couple of months ago- some one asked if anyone had found a way to make laundry school work,so they could make their kids help. well i wrote back with a ton of ideas on how one could acomplish this, one idea was to make your own laundry detergent-thats math and science right their! there ya go! i even said they could have the kids maybe add some different natural fragrences, and make their own boxes and try to market the soap to their mom, explaining why their soap is the best. or i said to study up on the enviromental affects of using commercial detergants. anyways out of all the people that wher talking about how great it would be if you could make laundry school work- only one person ever mentioned my post- and she said that the comment about making your own soap made her cringe- then laughed!! i was very annoyed! people just dont care! they think your stupid to try and make a differance- or that you have to much time on your hands!!- whatever- i still thought it was a cool idea.
post #34 of 51
Thread Starter 
I emailed arm&hammer and asked about their washing soda. They gave me a list of stores nearby that sold it )

I am having major difficulty finding fels naptha though...grrr! They say it is a dial product though. I'm still working on that one.

Garden Ridge is thriving here. There are only like 3 in the metroplex and we are lucky to have one here in Lewisville. I can spend months in that thing!

zrhmom, that is brilliant. I am thrilled that you brought that to my attention!!

That is exactly what my sister said though, "You must have too much time on your hands". Uh, yeah with two active kids, homeschooling them, 5 tarantulas, 1 bunny, a grown man who thinks the maid faery visits our house every night and an area of utter insanity called our house. Oh I've got LOADS of time.

See, like that other mom said, if YOU aren't super weird or your life super easy it would mean that THEY would either have something wrong with them or be at fault for not doing what they should.

As my lil' sis says....it's all good!
post #35 of 51
Kroger sells it if you have one of those nearby.
post #36 of 51
Wynken - The grocery stores by me have the Fels Naptha in the regular body soap aisle, not the laundry aisle. Hope that helps.
post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by zrhmom
i was on a home schooling chat room(calvert homeschool) a couple of months ago- some one asked if anyone had found a way to make laundry school work,so they could make their kids help. well i wrote back with a ton of ideas on how one could acomplish this, one idea was to make your own laundry detergent-thats math and science right their! there ya go! i even said they could have the kids maybe add some different natural fragrences, and make their own boxes and try to market the soap to their mom, explaining why their soap is the best. or i said to study up on the enviromental affects of using commercial detergants. anyways out of all the people that wher talking about how great it would be if you could make laundry school work- only one person ever mentioned my post- and she said that the comment about making your own soap made her cringe- then laughed!! i was very annoyed! people just dont care! they think your stupid to try and make a differance- or that you have to much time on your hands!!- whatever- i still thought it was a cool idea.
: OOOO! I LOVE this idea!

You could even have them do a test to see which would clean better-commercial det or homemade? or have them figure out total cost to make and how much they would need to charge to make a profit?

At what point would you add fragrance? We have essential oils, would that work?

I feel a big 'ol laundry unit coming on
post #38 of 51
You'll need approx 8T EO to a gallon of detergent.
post #39 of 51
susan, the only place i've seen it locally is at my local harris teeters which is the closest thing we have here that does a lot of organics and earth friendly stuff. I just have to make sure i have enough on my list to condone the gas usage to get to it. *sigh*

I've not seen it at Wal-Mart ever.
post #40 of 51
gosh, i was sure my kroger's stopped carrying it. maybe they were just out (it was one of the places i used to get it.) harris teeter's- a bit of a drive but it's fun to get to that part of town once in awhile (besides, you get to bump butts with amy grant if you shop there- lol, if you want to run into vince gill it's krispy kreme. and if you want pam tillis it's the purple onion, lol.)

fels naphtha in the grocery? heavens. i need to look harder.

ps it is kind of nice to be in both worlds. i can BUY soap, or i can make it. i can BUY beer, or i can brew it. honing a skill like that tends to make some people nervous, that can't imagine doing something not because they 'have' to. i try to think of them as people that have not yet been convinced it's easy & fun!

susan
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