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Thread: HOMEMADE QUILT WASH

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    Not sure if this is in the right category, as sometimes it hard to choose the right one!

    Any way surfing and found this on a quilt site:

    HOMEMADE QUILT WASH
    No need for fabric softener. There is no static cling. You use only 2 tsp per quilt and 2 tbsp for a load of laundry.
    Suitable for use with a front load washer.. Mix in an old ice cream bucket or canister:
    1 cup Borax
    2 cups washing soda
    1 cup dry bleach for unbleachables (doesn't hurt the quilt because you only use 2 tsp of this recipe for washing)
    1 bar of grated laundry bar soap (Sunlight or Fels Naptha)
    Also use 1/4 cup of this formula to soak stained items and ALL the stains will come right out.

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    Thanks! In any category!

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    Can you tell me what washing soda is???
    Thanks, I love home-made recipes :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyshuffler
    Not sure if this is in the right category, as sometimes it hard to choose the right one!

    Any way surfing and found this on a quilt site:

    HOMEMADE QUILT WASH
    No need for fabric softener. There is no static cling. You use only 2 tsp per quilt and 2 tbsp for a load of laundry.
    Suitable for use with a front load washer.. Mix in an old ice cream bucket or canister:
    1 cup Borax
    2 cups washing soda(Arm & Hammer's in the LAUNDRY aisle)
    1 cup dry bleach for unbleachables (doesn't hurt the quilt because you only use 2 tsp of this recipe for washing)
    1 bar of grated laundry bar soap (Sunlight or Fels Naptha)
    Also use 1/4 cup of this formula to soak stained items and ALL the stains will come right out.
    This is notREALLY a quilt wash..it is a general HOME MADE laundry soap...have been using this for years...

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    Thanks

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    Thank you

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    This is what I use for all of my laundry not just my quilts. I am making a batch now for my son to take to college. so economical and works like a dream!

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    I use oxygenated cleaners e.g oxyclean. works great.

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    The recipe I'm using is this: 4 cups hot tap water, 1 bar soap grated (I used Fels Naptha). 1 cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, 1 cup borax.
    Grate soap and melt in 4 cups of hot water stirring continually over medium heat. Put 2 gallons of hot tap water into 5 gallon bucket, add melted soap, soda and borax. Stir until all is dissolved. Add enough water to make 4 gallons. Let set overnight and it will gel slightly. Stir before using. Use 3/4 cup for a large load of clothes. Has also been used for cleaning woodwork, porches, vinyl siding, etc. You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil if you want fragrance.

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    This sounds like something I would like to try. But what is washing soda? :?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattipat
    This sounds like something I would like to try. But what is washing soda? :?:
    Washing soda is sodium carbonate, NOT TO BE CONFUSED with sodium bi-carbonate which is baking soda. You can find it in most grocery stores in the laundry section. WalMart does not carry it. I have used the following recipe for two years:

    1/3 bar grated Fels Naptha or Zote, or 1 whole bar grated Ivory
    1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda
    2 cups Twenty Mule Team Borax (1 cup if you have soft water)

    Melt soap in 4 cups water on stovetop. Do not boil. Add washing soda and borax and stir to dissolve. Pour into bucket containing 6 cups warm water. Add 1 gallon + 6 cups tap water. Stir and let sit overnight. It will have a gel on top and liquid on bottom. Stir before using. To counter the separation of gel and liquid, add 1 capful regular laundry detergent. It contains an enzyme that prevents separation. Use 1/4 cup for regular load, 1/2 cup for large load. Final cost: under 2 cents/load!

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    Just want to know if this can be used on the new energy efficient washers on the market? They use less water....
    Thanks .... phyl

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    Yes. I have a Maytag front loader. Works great. Low suds.

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    I have a HE machine. no problem with the natural wash. I also use white vinegar as a fabric softener. It also keeps your washer clean.

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    I make the same laundry soap, I have been for over a year a whole lot cheaper than store bought laundry soap.

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    Thanks everyone;)!!

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    great ideas

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    I just read your receipe for Quilt Wash . Sounds super, but, what on earth is " washing soda" ? I have lots of Fels Naptha. Every time I go home I stock up.
    Thanks..... :roll:

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    Washing soda is sodium carbonate......NOT baking soda which is sodium bicarbonate

    It is a very good cleaning booster.

    This is also great for cleaning your entire house!! Kitchen, Bathroom, floors and walls...cleans the car really good too!

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