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Old 09-26-2012, 11:46 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=Colleen27;46271902]What temp do you use for your wash cycle? When I've tried homemade detergent in the past it never seems to work well in cold water, so I revert right back to store bought.

I use warm water for most things, like the kids' jeans and my husband's work uniforms. I use hot water for towels, whites, and sheets. I use cold for sweater/delicates/cheerleading uniforms. For the items I wash in cold water, I use very little of the liquid detergent...maybe a tablespoon. If all you have is homemade powdered detergent, try dissolving it in a little warm water before pouring it into your washer. I have done that before with good results.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:50 AM   #17
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What temp do you use for your wash cycle? When I've tried homemade detergent in the past it never seems to work well in cold water, so I revert right back to store bought.

I'm going to have to try that recipe for fabric softener. I've been using diluted vinegar, which works fine for clothes that go through the dryer but isn't as good as Downy when I'm line drying, but maybe the conditioner will perk it up enough to do the trick.
I wash all my clothes in cold. I also make my own detergent but my recipe is different. I do the following~

1 bar grated Fels Neptha
1 cup washing soda (again, NOT baking soda)
1 cup Borax
Mix and use 1 Tablespoon per standard load, use more for heavily soiled loads.

I've never had a problem with it and I've been using it for about 2 years now.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:54 AM   #18
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What works for soap scum? I've tried several natural cleaners and they never seem to work as well as Soft scrub with bleach!
I've had great results from sprinkling some baking soda in the tub, then spraying with a vinegar/water mix (not sure of the ratio, I just eyeball it). I let it soak a few minutes, then scrub. The first time I used it I needed alot of elbow grease because I hadn't realized until I started scrubbing what a poor job my other cleaners had been doing, but the next time it was much easier.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:07 PM   #19
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Vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and water. Seriously, I clean everything except for the toilets in our house with one/combination of those items. Check out Pinterest for great tips on using these items. Super cheap, super effective and super 'green'! (Plus non-allergenic...which is why I started using just this stuff in the first place...augh...)
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:46 AM   #20
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I use these in the laundry:

My mom got them for me and I was ~very~ skeptical about using them, but they work GREAT!!!! I do have to spray stains, but that's it! I do not use detergent in my laundry, just these balls. My whites are bright white and everything comes out fresh.

http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Super-.../dp/B002Q1MCMU
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:32 AM   #21
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What temp do you use for your wash cycle? When I've tried homemade detergent in the past it never seems to work well in cold water, so I revert right back to store bought.

I'm going to have to try that recipe for fabric softener. I've been using diluted vinegar, which works fine for clothes that go through the dryer but isn't as good as Downy when I'm line drying, but maybe the conditioner will perk it up enough to do the trick.
Do you have hard water? I do, and I find that my stuff stays stiff when I line dry it. So I do use the Calgon softener liquid in my wash loads.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:23 PM   #22
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Here is a great "recipe" for tub and shower cleaning:
http://www.food.com/recipe/tub-and-shower-magic-434275
Been using this cleaner for over a year now and it is amazing!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #23
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The best one I know is the dawn/vinegar mix going around pinterest. And I only clean the oven with baking soda, it works better than anything else if you are willing to give it some time to work. I let it sit at least 2 hours and then it works great. Vinegar is a great drain cleaner and it's a good glass cleaner too.

I don't like most commercial "green" cleaners. Clorox green works is ok but I don't like it as good as dawn or lysol. I won't give up all commercial cleaners, just sub for the ones I feel work better with less chemicals (for example I hate the smell of easy off, it's awful!).

I won't use homemade laundry detergent because I've found some blog entries that it later dulls the whites or messes up the machine if it's HE. I just can't be bothered to make my own. YMMV depending on washer or water type.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:46 AM   #24
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We bought a new stove, and when I was canning some stuff got really baked on the top. I tried everything I could think of to get it off- Mr. clean, barkeepers friend, even a copper scrubbie. I was afraid I'd scratch the top of my new stove, but I didn't want this baked on gunk on it either. I read about sprinkling baking soda on and pouring on vinegar, so I tried it. It bubbled up and started working. I let it sit for an hour, then went back and wiped it up. It did a perfect job.
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