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gnbrotz;95475 Wrote:This past Wednesday I made homemade laundry detergent (2 gallons for a total cost of only $1.40). Today I bought 25 lbs. of chicken thighs (on sale for .95/lb). They are being skinned, vacuum sealed, and put in the freezer.

Would you care to share the recipe for laundry detergent? I don't like the perfumed crap, the fragrance free is just as expensive as the stinky stuff, hypo-allergenic isn't as common and I'm not so sure that it's any more skin friendly than fragrance free. I've been using Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda with a reduced dose of detergent and it seems to work as well if not better but I'm always up for trying something different.

25# of chicken! That's a lot, but for a good price I'd buy as much as I had room for. We have 2 refrigedeezers, I wish we had room for a freezer too. My wife complains if I buy more than a few pounds of ground Chuck, She says we have too much food in the freezer already!
How many people have you ever heard complaining about having too much food?
She likes to keep minimum amounts of everything, I hate to run out of anything so I try to stay stocked up. You'd be right if you guess it's a constant struggle around here.
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P89;94259 Wrote:We need a gardening thread.

I tilled yeaterday after I dug up my horseradish and got into jars.

I think I see where you're going with that.
I agree that a thread dedicated to gardening would be good. Someone suggested a subforum and I thought that was a good idea but Rocketfoot has good reasoning for not creating it as such.
http://www.pa2a.org/thread-gardening-sub...0#pid94350
Rather than a subforum maybe someone (HINT) could start a thread in the food and water forum and simply title it "Gardening". I'm sure it would see enough traffic to keep it near the top, especially this time of year, and a few interested and dedicated individuals could easily bump it with a new post when it starts to slip away.
At the risk of creating even more work for mods, maybe the gardening posts in this thread could be merged into the new thread.
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mauser;95541 Wrote:Would you care to share the recipe for laundry detergent? I don't like the perfumed crap, the fragrance free is just as expensive as the stinky stuff, hypo-allergenic isn't as common and I'm not so sure that it's any more skin friendly than fragrance free. I've been using Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda with a reduced dose of detergent and it seems to work as well if not better but I'm always up for trying something different.

The Super Washing Soda is one of the ingredients. Wink

All you need is:

1 bar of soap (any kind you want - I used Ivory)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
2 gallons of water

Grate the soap into a pot
Add a gallon of water
Heat until the soap shavings are disolved
Add the Borax & washing soda
Bring to a boil
Turn off heat, add 1 gallon of cold water, and transfer into your storage containers.

Last night we went to use it for the first time. It had congealed a bit and took a good shaking to be usable. For this reason, it's probably better to put it into two 1 gallon containers, instead of all into one container like I did. The wife got the towels out of the dryer this morning and said they look and smell very clean.

You can also see various preparedness ideas and info on my pinterest page (http://pinterest.com/gnbrotz )
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gnbrotz;95571 Wrote:
mauser;95541 Wrote:Would you care to share the recipe for laundry detergent? I don't like the perfumed crap, the fragrance free is just as expensive as the stinky stuff, hypo-allergenic isn't as common and I'm not so sure that it's any more skin friendly than fragrance free. I've been using Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda with a reduced dose of detergent and it seems to work as well if not better but I'm always up for trying something different.

The Super Washing Soda is one of the ingredients. Wink

All you need is:

1 bar of soap (any kind you want - I used Ivory)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
2 gallons of water

Grate the soap into a pot
Add a gallon of water
Heat until the soap shavings are disolved
Add the Borax & washing soda
Bring to a boil
Turn off heat, add 1 gallon of cold water, and transfer into your storage containers.

Last night we went to use it for the first time. It had congealed a bit and took a good shaking to be usable. For this reason, it's probably better to put it into two 1 gallon containers, instead of all into one container like I did. The wife got the towels out of the dryer this morning and said they look and smell very clean.

You can also see various preparedness ideas and info on my pinterest page (http://pinterest.com/gnbrotz )

Thank you very much. Borax is cheap and it's on my grocery list now.
I just checked to see what we have for containers. We're using 50 ounce bottles, your recipe will make enough to fill 5 of them with a little bit left over. And to show how lazy I am I spotted a Salad Shooter in the box of yard sale stuff. I just bought it from myself to use for grating soap. I also just came up with another idea for those those leftover pieces of soap that are too small to use. I've been sticking them to a fresh bar of soap to get full use of them but someone seems to dislike that practice and separates them, no more hassles with that, I'll just collect them to use for laundry detergent. Wink
BTW, Ivory is one of the harsher soaps on the market. If you have sensitive skin or if you have babies or young children who may have sensitivity issues you should avoid it. Their marketing ploy works well. They claim that its 99 44/100% pure. That may be true but pure doesn't equal gentle. Hydrochloric acid that's 99 44/100% pure wouldn't be gentle, nor would lye.
I've had sensitivity issues since a severe bout with poison ivy several years ago and one of the first things the Dermatologist told me to avoid is harsh soaps like Ivory.
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Is this the borax that you got? http://www.amazon.com/Dial-Corp-Mule-Tea...B000R4LONQ

I think I remember reading that a little bit of this in your dishwasher is good too, since they started changing the formulas for the soap.
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mauser;95597 Wrote:BTW, Ivory is one of the harsher soaps on the market. If you have sensitive skin or if you have babies or young children who may have sensitivity issues you should avoid it. Their marketing ploy works well. They claim that its 99 44/100% pure. That may be true but pure doesn't equal gentle. Hydrochloric acid that's 99 44/100% pure wouldn't be gentle, nor would lye.
I've had sensitivity issues since a severe bout with poison ivy several years ago and one of the first things the Dermatologist told me to avoid is harsh soaps like Ivory.

Interesting. Fortunately, I don't have many bars on hand. What kind do you intend to use?

streaker69;95598 Wrote:Is this the borax that you got? http://www.amazon.com/Dial-Corp-Mule-Tea...B000R4LONQ

I think I remember reading that a little bit of this in your dishwasher is good too, since they started changing the formulas for the soap.

Yep. That's it.
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I recommend adding THIS [Image: savogran_10622.jpg]to any homemade laundry detergent recipe, as well as in your machine with any commercial detergent.
Also, 1 Tbsp of this with 1/4 cup bleach in your dishwasher's prewash.
The phosphate ion in TSP is WAY more effective than the tetraborate ion in borax.
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gnbrotz;95603 Wrote:Interesting. Fortunately, I don't have many bars on hand. What kind do you intend to use?

For years I've been using Dial Basics HypoAllergenic, Soapure (By the makers of Phisoderm) and one that I haven't seen lately but may still be on the market, "Pure and Natural".
They can usually be found anywhere including Big Lots, Dollar Tree and the usual grocery and drug stores for about $1.00 for 3 bars.

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RandomTask;95624 Wrote:I recommend adding THIS [Image: savogran_10622.jpg]to any homemade laundry detergent recipe, as well as in your machine with any commercial detergent.
Also, 1 Tbsp of this with 1/4 cup bleach in your dishwasher's prewash.
The phosphate ion in TSP is WAY more effective than the tetraborate ion in borax.

Where do you get that?
It doesn't look familiar to me, I'm sure I'd recognize it if it was something in the detergent aisle of the grocery store but I've been known to overlook the obvious on many occasions.
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Those who make things happen,
Those who watch things happen,
And those who wonder what happened.
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mauser;95676 Wrote:
RandomTask;95624 Wrote:I recommend adding THIS [Image: savogran_10622.jpg]to any homemade laundry detergent recipe, as well as in your machine with any commercial detergent.
Also, 1 Tbsp of this with 1/4 cup bleach in your dishwasher's prewash.
The phosphate ion in TSP is WAY more effective than the tetraborate ion in borax.

Where do you get that?
It doesn't look familiar to me, I'm sure I'd recognize it if it was something in the detergent aisle of the grocery store but I've been known to overlook the obvious on many occasions.

I've seen it at Home Depot and Lowes, in the paint department. It's used for cleaning grease and dirt off walls and woodwork before painting.
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