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    Does anyone know the ingredients in this product? I have looked on their website and on the bottle and haven't been able to find an ingredient list.

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    no idea and none that i found searching the internet eitiher. its a huge secret evidently.

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    I think it was posted on here within the last month or so and I checked but didn't save it. Perhaps someone who saved the message will post it here for you.

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    don't know but love the product.

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    Probably a secret proprietary formula! :)

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    I have been using the vodka/water recipe, but thjin k it is strange that they don't list ingredients. They don't have to list amounts, only content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    I have been using the vodka/water recipe, but thjin k it is strange that they don't list ingredients. They don't have to list amounts, only content.
    Why don't you phone them and ask?
    And then post your findings for us to all know!

    There's lots of products out there that you'll never find out the ingredients. Just the way it i! :)

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    I don't know but I love the product.

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    I have looked befroe too and couldnt find any info either, I thought ingred were suppose to be listed by law??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMP
    I have looked befroe too and couldnt find any info either, I thought ingred were suppose to be listed by law??
    Only for food items. Lots of things in our homes have no ingredients list.

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    I imagine only a chemist would be able to tell what is in it.
    Could it be Coka Cola and the recipe is secret or is it really a common product repackaged?

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    You can get the info if you ask for the MSDS sheet. MSDS stands for Material Saftey Data SHeet. All products must have one in case it is accidentally ingested or other type of issue like it got in your eyes.
    If you request one they must give it to you.

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    I just called the 1-800# and never expected to get thru, thinking that it would just be for USA use.

    I was told that it's a synthetic spray starch and number one used by quilters!

    It was easy for me to talk to him as I told him the stuff is like gold here (price is ^^^) so he had to convince me why it's so great.

    The MSDS is on it's way to me.
    Not that it will make much of a difference!

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    Curious ... what price are you paying State side? and for what size?

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    Joann.com carries gallons of BestPress. You can use a coupon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindasidlow
    Joann.com carries gallons of BestPress. You can use a coupon!
    Not when I"m in Canada!!! ... just curious what your prices are.

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    When I need it, I do a search for "Mary Ellen's Best Press Sale" and see where I can get it cheapest. I've gotten in from createforless.com and quiltering-warehouse.com. Not sure about shipping w/ either of those for Canada. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewecansew
    Does anyone know the ingredients in this product? I have looked on their website and on the bottle and haven't been able to find an ingredient list.
    I love Best Press but even on sale is too much $$ for me.
    Starch Homemade ~ lots of other good info on these sites too.

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/search?q=starch
    Scroll down - Listed under ‘other tutorials’

    Ricky Tims has a recipe but it’s cooked

    Diane Gaudynski (http://www.dianegaudynski.net/tips-april.htm) Uses this on her quilts. Scroll to bottom of list

    The one I like ~
    Best Press Substitute ~ Mix together:
    1 tsp lavender essential oil (found in Walmart/Michaels- candle making supplies or drug stores) Note: optional if allergic to scents.
    3 oz. vodka
    Then add to 24oz distilled water in large spray bottle and shake well.
    Hint: Vodka is made from potatoes, a natural starch.

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    I've been trying for years to get the ingredients because of my dd's allergies. It's not something that would make her itch or sneeze but she has life threatening food allergies and we've found the most unexpected sources of her allergens. I have emailed and got no reply. I've tried to call a bunch of times and can never get through to a person. I give up. They obviously don't know that some people need to avoid some ingredients (or at least know what's in there) or they just don't care.

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    Thanks to you all. I have been travelling today, so haven't been on the computer. Very interesting information. I think I will continue to use my vodka/ water solution. At least if I get really frustrated, I know I am safe drinking it. LOL

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    I will try the Vodka and water solution. Thanks

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    Wonder if it is just the cornstarch/water recipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by lindasidlow
    Joann.com carries gallons of BestPress. You can use a coupon!
    Not when I"m in Canada!!! ... just curious what your prices are.
    I think I paid something like $5.99 for a 12 oz bottle at Hancocks not long ago.

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    in ontario canada the price is ten dollars for the small one and 42 dollars for the large......gallon one....plus 13 percent tax!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    Wonder if it is just the cornstarch/water recipe.
    Cornstarch is loved by bugs, that is why you are advised if you live in a buggy area not to use starch. It will eat into your fabric to get the starch and cause damage to your fabric. That is why I like Mary Ellens, it doesn't have anything in it to attract bugs.

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