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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #165 on: February 01, 2012, 05:49:21 am »
Have used this washing powder for about six batches now in my front loader and it gives the clothes a beautiful smell and feel.  Occasionally, I will put a hot cycle through along with an occasional "normal" dynamo type.  I do this just in case there is a build up  of soap which could end up in a blockage.

Unfortunately this morning....sure enough....my machine had a blockage and in trying to unblock it we discovered soft soapy gunk.  I poured boiling water into the dispenser and I think it cleared a little bit and then put a hot cycle through with dynamo. Hopefully my machine is not ruined. I think I might have to do a few more hot cycles to make sure there is no build up in future.

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #166 on: February 01, 2012, 06:07:34 am »
Do you use vinegar instead of a fabric conditioner wombat.  I'm sure this helps keep inner workings clean.
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #167 on: February 01, 2012, 07:46:07 am »
The recipe was from a book called 'Saving Mum' by Amy Pleydon & Tiana Johannis. Turns out it's the same recipe as the TM one!

Off memory, mine was off the side of a borax container.
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #168 on: February 01, 2012, 09:11:28 am »
I have been using this recipe for 2 years now with no probs.  Occasionally we put a hot load through and in our front loader I only use 1 dessertspoon full.   I do a load nearly every day,(we are very dirty people).

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #169 on: February 02, 2012, 05:21:15 am »
We're a bit like you Chookie. DH gets filthy and often has 2 changes of clothes a day. I've been using it for ages in a front loader and have no problems. I don't use very much though. Probably between a dessertspoon and a tablespoon.
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #170 on: February 02, 2012, 11:35:22 am »
yeah i do use vinegar as a conditioner but I think my prob might be that i add two large spoonfuls of washing powder.  We have had heaps of rain here in Aussie- qld- brissie  so there are towels to wash and sheets aplenty so i think I will do a few loads with hot water to hopefully give it a clear-out and then start again with only one spoonful of powder.

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #171 on: June 01, 2012, 02:51:43 am »
I made creampuffs recipe yesterday and am not my 4th load so far everything looks good and clean, though it didn't wash out the pumpkin soup one of the kids spilled on their clothes, but I imagine pumpkin soup may be something that stains. I have just added a cup of bicarb soda as I read that this is very good in the powder mix too, and would help whiten and brighten and soften. So I can't wait to see how the next load of washing turns out!

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #172 on: June 01, 2012, 03:07:25 am »
Decat, I still spray stains with a commercial pre-wash stain remover - I don't trust any washing powder to remove some stains.
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #173 on: June 30, 2012, 07:45:12 pm »
Can only get this, not borax http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_sesquicarbonate
It is called borax substitute.

Anyone else had this trouble?
or used something else in recipe?
 Have now discovered the EU banned borax.

Found other comments about this detergent without the borax being no good???? !!!!!!  http://growingthingsandmakingthings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/laundry-gloop-isnt-very-good.html


Bit of a bummer when have bought all the other ingredients. Will try it, and may have to send to Australia for supplies. Crazy world isn't it.
Anyone coming over this way soon?
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #174 on: June 30, 2012, 07:57:51 pm »
They have borax on Amazon DJ :)
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #175 on: June 30, 2012, 08:10:53 pm »
Ordered a kilo.... Thanks, but am puzzled as to how I can buy it online if banned?
or is it not borax?

I won't have a clue!

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #176 on: June 30, 2012, 08:24:23 pm »
Ordered a kilo.... Thanks, but am puzzled as to how I can buy it online if banned?
or is it not borax?

I won't have a clue!

Don't know either DJ :-\
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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #177 on: June 30, 2012, 08:35:59 pm »
Just asked DH if he can test the powders somehow to see if the same?

He always says he is the scientist of the family so let's see what he can do!!

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #178 on: July 04, 2012, 10:22:42 am »
I don't think anyone has asked this, but is it colourfast or does the soda fade colours?

Thanks

Ps DH says that borax and borax substitute (sodium sesquicarbonate) emit different coloured flames and he will test my borax when it comes to see if it is real! Sand I think I may have found another supplier if that one is not ok

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Re: Washing Machine Powder
« Reply #179 on: July 04, 2012, 02:16:03 pm »
I've been using the original recipe since I posted it & haven't found there to be any fading of colours.  My husband is actually a clown (Yes that's his "job") so bright colours are his "business attire" & we don't suffer any leeching of colour.