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post #21 of 366
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Gina, you rock! I feel like I should pay you for finding out all this info, since I just don't seem to have the time to do it! I tried doing a little research over naptime, and what I found a lot of sites saying is that BS can boost your laundry soap, but only the liquid, not the powder. Now why would they say that? That's confusing, because no one says why...

Also, I did the kids' clothes with the BS, TTO, and vinager and a few stains remained (but a lot of them do with regular detergent) but it seemed to still work great. The clothes that still had the stains on them would have been clothes that I would have used Oxiyclean on anyway, if that makes sense, so I really didn't even expect them to come out anyway.

Once again, you rock, Gina!

Shannon
post #22 of 366
Shannon,

I am totally addicted to this forum and spent way too much time on it, but it gives me so much pleasure each day that I can't help but coming back (like 80 times a day).

Also, I was trying to explain to my boyfriend that all of us here get excited over strange things like baking soda and vinegar. We love playing mad scientists and concocting things at home. Meanwhile, we're trying to find cheaper, eco-friendly, and just plain BETTER solutions for everyday household things. It's like a secret, like we know something other people don't.

It's very addicting.

I'm one of those people that, as a child, would read all the ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and product packaging information for every cereal box at the table (when I wasn't zoned out watching cartoons at the coffee table, of course).

My mom always would pay attention to sugar, fat, cholesterol, or salt content on stuff to determine if it was junk food or not.

Later in life, in college, I developed a uterine tumor so I read health articles like a fiend now, because I'm madly disappointed that everyday chemicals can create uterine tumors and ovarian cysts. Perhaps it was all those pesticides that I ingested over all the fruits and vegetables my mom gave me. And because my doctor never said anything about that, because he didn't know or care to tell me, and because I ended up getting rid of a 1 inch ovarian cyst that supposedly needed surgery.....with taking vitamin E everyday for a month or two, something I found online out of desperation one day....I vowed to keep looking online for things I can do myself and be informed.

I can control the size of my tumor by my diet. I didn't know that until I did lots of research. Nobody ever told me that at the doctor's office. Maybe they don't know and don't keep up with research because they're into the groove of everyday work. That's understandable. I'd like to think that. Others, I think, probably make more money by not telling you what you can do yourself, and purposely don't tell you good information.

It seems like this country is progressively taking advantage of people who don't keep informed of things more and more through the years.

I still remember the 80's children's commercials that used to say 'knowledge is power!' I find that to ring truer today.
post #23 of 366
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Originally Posted by Spastica
I held a box of washing powder and one of borax ones, and just the residue of the box (since it's in plain cardboard like baking soda is) made my hands feel super dry.
So I've been handling borax and playing with vinegar a lot over the last few days (making concoctions and soaking my hot water dispenser as it's got a big buildup of hard water deposits). All my fingers are wrinkly like I just soaked in the tub, and although they don't hurt, the skin is peeling off the tips of my thumb and forefinger. So I too would recommend gloves.

I'm Sara btw.
post #24 of 366
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Gina, I'm sorry that you had to go through all the stuff with your tumor. It makes me so sad that you had to do research yourself to figure out how to manage it. I get really sad over things like this because up until about a year ago I was so mainstream and completely trusted doctors (some things with my DS and DD is what made me start questioning doctors, mainstream practices, etc.). I just keep thinking that if I didn't find this forum, would I still be harming my children with chemicals and such? They're young, almost 4 and almost 2, and then I have one on the way, so I feel so happy knowing that I'm getting them on track to be healthy. My mom wasn't so good about reading labels, and I know I shouldn't, but I partly blame her for my weight problem. She still will come to my house with tons of junk food and want me to eat it with her. She was excited when we could share clothes after my DD was born (she's a size 22!!!). I almost feel like she was sad that I got down to a 14 before this pregnancy, like I was a comrade of the fat club with her, or something.

I'm glad you've been able to shrink your tumor and it makes me happy that you are living proof that a healthy lifestyle *can* make a difference. I just wish more people would wake up and realize that. Sorry to ramble. I need to get all my computer time done before the kids are ready for mommy time!

And thanks, Sara, for letting me know your name!!! I guess I should have figured it out from your signature, but I'm kind of slow! Thanks for all your input, too!!! It's been very helpful!

Shannon
post #25 of 366
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Originally Posted by maxwill129
I read in a post that someone uses strictly BS with some TTO and vinager to wash their clothes. I thought there was no way that really worked, so I tried it. I just checked my laundry and it is actually clean, smells great (I sniffed socks and underwear and no stink!), and doesn't fell stiff or icky.

Does anyone else do this regularly? Just curious. I'm very impressed.

Shannon
here i am! they work just great!
post #26 of 366
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Originally Posted by clavicula
here i am! they work just great!
Question for you...Do you put the vinager in the rinse cycle, or do you put it in with the BS and TTO? Just curious.

Shannon
post #27 of 366
I think most people put vinegar in during the rinse, as it's like fabric softener.

Speaking of which, can you put vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser in my top loading washer? I'm really bad about remembering to catch the rinse.
post #28 of 366


I can't believe that I just syumbled across this thread!
It's soo weird - I just filled up my rinse-aid thingy in the DW with vinegar and filled up the detergent part with chemically soap and commented to myself how I CAN'T use this junk! It freaks me out.
I use baking soda and/or vinegar for most other of my household cleaning but never thought to use it in my dw or laundry machine. I am TOTALLY going to do this next time. (I can hardly wait!!).

Thanks to all of you for your research on this. You saved me a ton of time!!

You rock!!
post #29 of 366
Does it concern anybody that Arm and Hammer did not post baking soda as a sole detergent in laundry or dishwashers? It's always mentioned as a cleaning booster, not sole cleaning agent.

If it were so great to use, they would have definitely mentioned it. Any thoughts?
post #30 of 366
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Originally Posted by Spastica
Does it concern anybody that Arm and Hammer did not post baking soda as a sole detergent in laundry or dishwashers? It's always mentioned as a cleaning booster, not sole cleaning agent.

If it were so great to use, they would have definitely mentioned it. Any thoughts?
It doesn't really concern me. They do have their own brand of laundry detergent, though it's not JUST baking soda. I think alot of people want scents and things aimed right for a specific job instead of just what's right in front of their nose sometimes.
post #31 of 366
Yeah the Arm and Hammer detergent is what I have been using before I started out with this thread. I like it and have no problem with it. I was just curious if I could just buy more baking soda and dump that into the wash instead of buying jugs of detergent. If baking soda is purer and cheaper, why not? The whole point of the thread was to see if it was effective at cleaning and if it were a reasonable substitute. I would not substitute things if I knew a poorer result would follow. That's just me though!

The natural products like baking soda and vinegar have been working so great for me for other stuff, even superior to some standard commercial stuff, all without allergic reactions or headaches, that's why I've stuck with it.
post #32 of 366
Thank you soooo much for this thread. Been feeling the need to go natural with what I clean with here but teh alternative cleaning products in my catalogs or at teh health food stores are CRAZY pricey!!! I too was concerned about the germs more than anything but I guess the vinegar and TTO can help with that. Am gonna try this today. I have cloth diapers, 3 young kids, and a husband who is a cook and reeks of greasy foods so if this works I will come back and RAVE! And sure will be nice to not use chemicals in my dishwasher.....
post #33 of 366
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spastica
Does it concern anybody that Arm and Hammer did not post baking soda as a sole detergent in laundry or dishwashers? It's always mentioned as a cleaning booster, not sole cleaning agent.

If it were so great to use, they would have definitely mentioned it. Any thoughts?
I don't know if you noticed one of my previous posts, but some research I did says BS will only boost liquid laundry soap, not powder. I guess it makes me wonder, but of course why would they say it would be fine by itself, then they couldn't sell their own brand of detergent, right?

I tried putting vinager in the thingy in my top loading washer, but I checked itbefore it even got to the rinse cycle and it was gone! Oops. What about a downy ball? Can you fill that with vinager?

So far the 3 loads I've done with the BS/TTO/Vinegar have been so far so good...

Shannon
post #34 of 366
Based on what I saw, most powdered detergents (laundry or dishwashing powders) already have sodium carbonate and/or sodium bicarbonate. Adding more baking soda to baking soda or washing soda will not change the pH, thus, will not clean any better.

Just thought I'd add before I forget - dump the baking soda in the laundry water before you put clothes in, or do what I do - keep a measuring cup and when I fill that with baking soda, I use the laundry water when it's filling up to water up the baking soda to dissolve it and dump it on the clothes or water before putting it in the wash (I'm so lazy, my washing machine serves as a hamper until I turn it on to wash. So when I actually turn on the machine, my clothes are already in there. It doesn't help my laziness that the washing machine is in my bathroom).

If it's not dissolved, you may see a few lumps of baking soda stuck to some of your clothes. It's not harmful, but it's annoying and your clothes will not be rinsed clean.
post #35 of 366
I don't have any problem with it dissolving, but my mom has to add it first or she has clumps of it too. Different water 'textures' can contribute to that though.

The the other PP...you most definately can put vinegar in a Downy ball!
post #36 of 366

soap nuts

have any of you tried these i find they work well

www.inasoapnutshell.org
post #37 of 366
Hi Oliversmom:

Nothing meaningful came up in that link, are you sure that's the correct URL?
post #38 of 366
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spastica
Hi Oliversmom:

Nothing meaningful came up in that link, are you sure that's the correct URL?
I didn't get anything either...
post #39 of 366
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Originally Posted by oliversmum2000
have any of you tried these i find they work well

www.inasoapnutshell.org
I didn't see anything in that link, but I found this through a google for soap nuts : http://www.ethicstrading.com/soapnuts.htm
It sounds sooo cool. I wanna try some now.

Anyways, I promised to report back about the borax/baking soda in dishwasher. While I was able to stretch my normal dishwasher detergent using a bit of borax, the borax/baking soda combination did not work. It left a scummy film over a bunch of my dishes even though I used the vinegar, which usually helps with the water spots. I think the original formula was borax and washing soda, but I don't know where to get washing soda or whether it's safe.

Sara
post #40 of 366
How much vinegar do you put in the rinse cycle?
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