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Old 02-22-2008, 01:50 PM   #136
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Thanks I'm definately going to try these then.

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Old 02-22-2008, 04:48 PM   #137
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I was wondering if i could replace zote with castille soap in the laundry soap posted a while back. also doing some digging on homemade laundry soap i found a gel soap i thought you ladies would be interested in. I haven't tried it yet but i think i'm going to. It's from http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm

the recipe is:1/3 bar fels naptha or other type of soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
a 2 gallon bucket
and your choice of EO (optional)
grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat it until it melts. Add the washing soda and borax and stir until it is dissolved. remove from heat. pour 4 cups of hot water to bucket. now add your soap mixture and stir. now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let set for about 24 hours and it will gel. use 1/2 cup per load

Will not be a solid gel but a watery gel.
and it is a low sudsy soap.
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Old 03-03-2008, 02:09 AM   #138
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I've just read through all 10 pages of this and I would like to know:

* The zote or fels naphta soap - are these laundry soap bars? I can't get either here, but there is a brand of laundry soap that comes in a bar I can try to use that.
* Given what hydrogen peroxide does to hair, why doesn't it bleach everything else in sight? And if I remember correctly, it gets absorbed by the skin and can cause all sorts of problems, so I would never have thought this would be safe to use around the house. Am I wrong about this?
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:54 PM   #139
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I use vinegar & baking soda in every load of my laundry
So how much do you use? Is this all you use?
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:18 PM   #140
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Given what hydrogen peroxide does to hair, why doesn't it bleach everything else in sight? And if I remember correctly, it gets absorbed by the skin and can cause all sorts of problems, so I would never have thought this would be safe to use around the house. Am I wrong about this?
I'd like to know, too.

I do know that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a free radical, which means it could potentially damage skin I would think. I've never had it affect my hair at all (and trust me, when I was younger I tried).
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:08 AM   #141
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I use vinegar & baking soda in every load of my laundry
So how much do you use? Is this all you use?
Sorry, Mommy... I missed this somehow. I use 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda, and I put vinegar in a downy ball so I don't know how much I use. I started using these when I was getting build up on my dipes. I thought it might be b/c I was still using a fabric softener in the dryer w/the clothes. They do help make things softer and less staticy, but they're not as effective as a dryer sheet. For detergent, I use Costco's Free & Clear for my clothes, but I only use half of what is recommended. For the dipes, I use Charlie's.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #142
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what is dr bonners?
castille soap.
! Thank you! I've been going nuts looking for it, have my husband looking for castille soap and we didn't know what it was... now we knew we seen Dr. Bonners at the health shop, we use the liquid one for showers and bath, I'll get to make some laundry detergent tonight!!!

BTW Thank you! my bathrooms are sparkeling clean with the shower/bath/toilet mix I made, I used our old dawn bar soap and it worked well .
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Old 05-02-2008, 11:40 PM   #143
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Well, I use this mix primarliy for ants, but it works to clean off the counters, too!

1 tbls. dish soap
1-2 cups vinegar
water

I recycle old spray bottles from the chemicals I no longer use.
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:21 AM   #144
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that one sounds like something we will get lots of use of, we just got started gardening, some herbs, tomatoes and pepers, but I know with our very expensive groseries bills (organic) we will be doing more and more gardening, I'm so exited about that! I needed a recipe for unwanted bugs and we have lots of ants in our back yard, my boy is allergic.
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:48 PM   #145
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I'm pretty sure I looked at every recipe in this thread and didn't find this:

Anyone have a recipe for a fruit/veggie wash? I buy one from my HFS but it's expensive and doesn't last me very long with all the produce I buy.
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:18 PM   #146
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I'm confused about the essential oils. Are they all bad to use when pregnant, or just the lavender?
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:50 PM   #147
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I'm pretty sure I looked at every recipe in this thread and didn't find this:

Anyone have a recipe for a fruit/veggie wash? I buy one from my HFS but it's expensive and doesn't last me very long with all the produce I buy.
This looks interesting.
http://www.oprah.com/recipe/food/hea...20080422_spray

Anna and Lulu, I think it's peppermint that is best to avoid in large quantities while pregnant...and essential oils are concentrated forms of a substance so a little can be a lot, iykwim. I am not sure why, though. Anyone??
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:53 PM   #148
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Does anyone make their own dishwashing soap for handwashing?

Thought I'd share what I do:
Vinegar and water for everything...it's even very good for cleaning doggie nono or muddy spots on the carpet
I make my own detergent with either Zote or Fels Naptha (I think I like the FN best), borax, washing soda and a scoop of OxyClean, vinegar in the rinse and maybe a sprinkle of baking soda if the load is funky. Sometimes I put in a squirt of my bottle of Arm and Hammer liquid to make the laundry smell good since ds likes a nice smell and EOs are outrageously expensive
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:40 PM   #149
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I use straight baking soda for most of my cleaning and rinse with 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar. It works great on my flat top stove too. I use a "helloise ball" mesh scrubby thing to clean with. So I scrub with baking soda, then wipe the majority off with a wet cloth and then spray with the vinegar rinse and dry with a washcloth or microfiber. For floors I just use the vinegar spray and a microfiber cloth on my old swiffer wet jet thing. For caked on places I rub quickly with a a little baking soda.
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Anna and Lulu, I think it's peppermint that is best to avoid in large quantities while pregnant...and essential oils are concentrated forms of a substance so a little can be a lot, iykwim. I am not sure why, though. Anyone??
They are stimulants and can potentially cause contractions. Rosemary, peppermint, cinnamon, basil, myrrh...
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