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Washing Machine Powder
« on: September 20, 2009, 04:54:17 am »
Well I finally ran out of washing powder & decided I really ought to make my own if I am going to recommend it to clients.  I re-read this thread & wasn't excited about the ammonia smell even though I had bought all the ingredients because my laundry is enclosed in the centre of the house with no real ventilation.  So I followed Shaylas link & decided to make one of the powdered laundry detergent given I had everything already to make that.  Well, talk about easy.  This is what I did:

2 cups soap (about 2 & 1/2 bars Velvet)
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax.

I roughly cut up the soap & split it and the soda into 2 lots which I blitzed at speed 7 for 3-5 seconds each.  Then threw everything back in together & blitzed again speed 7 for 8 seconds.  It looks lovely & granulated - just like a store bought one!!! Popped it into an old icecream container for storage. Got a load on now - will report results.
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 05:05:19 am »
Thanks JZ - where did you source your borax?
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 05:23:52 am »
Safeway/Woolworths I think.  It was pretty easy to find, Harpers is the brand.  I bought it after reading that taking a small amount daily can help prevent osteoporosis.  I had the washing soda already because I bought it to make the dog vomit after she ate a family sized bar of chocolate - worked a treat!!

Wash looks good - including grotty sports socks!!

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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2009, 05:45:16 am »
LOL - For others  wanting to make their dogs vomit - only use about 1 tsp for average sized dog !!  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2009, 06:40:00 am »
oooh i love that idea!

loved the idea of the goo but didn't like the reality, such a pain to use lol we went through a batch in a few weeks (unlike most of you lol) so was dreading having to make it so often.
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2009, 06:47:47 am »
Don't know how long this will last Karen.  I used about 2 tbsp for the load I did which was what the original recipe suggested.  You could probably make a lot more at a go.  I just wanted to see what it was like first.  Not having kids at home anymore means I only do about 3-4 loads a week.

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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2009, 06:52:00 am »
I had the washing soda already because I bought it to make the dog vomit after she ate a family sized bar of chocolate - worked a treat!!
  I know some humans who ought to try this :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2009, 06:53:20 am »
Not having kids at home anymore means I only do about 3-4 loads a week.
dream.... lol
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2009, 07:01:20 am »
I had the washing soda already because I bought it to make the dog vomit after she ate a family sized bar of chocolate - worked a treat!!
  I know some humans who ought to try this :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))

Let me reassure those of you that have read the day job thread that this is not one of the "processes" I employ!!  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2009, 07:04:50 am »
ROFLMAO  ;D ;D
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2009, 07:47:11 am »
So final report JaneeZee?  How are the clothes and the smell?  And the cost?  I've never bought those ingredients, but surely it's cheaper.
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2009, 08:32:56 am »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

JZ, it would probably be very effective.
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2009, 08:48:50 am »
Oooo I will have to try the powder after the goo runs out :)
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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2009, 12:18:23 pm »
I am more than thrilled with the result today.  Only did the one load but everything washed really well towels feel really nice.  Went down the pub & bragged about it & booked a demo at my house for Thursday night for 3 strays who now want to see it!!!!

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Re: Washing Machine Goo (Detergent)
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2009, 12:32:41 pm »
OMG - soliciting on the beach and now pub-crawling to get clients  :o :o  Oh well - anything for a sale (to a point  ;) )
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