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  1. Originally Posted By: Crazy4Canning


    1. How does it keep the colors bright, prevent fading, and fresh smelling?


    I've never noticed any smell other than clean. My clothes don't seem to have faded at all & seem just as bright as they were before.


    2. Couldn't you use bluing instead of soda for brightening?


    Sorry, I don't even know what blueing is.


    3. This caustic combination also tends to dry skin - for those with sensitive skin, wouldn't it wreak havoc on clothes, not to mention the residues on skin?


    My daughter and I both have very sensitive skin and I think it is much less irritating than the store stuff with coloring (which she is allergic too) and perfumes. I never ever noticed it leaving any residue on my skin or clothes in the year I've been using it. JMO.

    As to the dry sensitive skin, I use my handmade lye soap and have not had dry skin. It is more moisturizing than store bought bath soaps. It is much easier on the clothes, in my opinion, that store bought. Also the handmade soaps don't have any fillers in them. Take two glasses half full of water, add a teaspoon of store bought laundry soap to one and stir to dissolve, Then, add a little less or the same amount of handmade laundry soap to the other glass and stir. See which has things floating in the bottom. The only other laundry soap that I have found that didn't have additives was from Amway. And you only used less than a quarter of a cup to a large load of clothes. It makes me wonder if it was all natural.


    Last night on, "Are You Really Ready" I clicked on Washing Clothes the Old Fashioned Way". I ran across a piece by SDBookMom discussing wash boards. (Thanks,I need a large one) I went to the site she suggested and them one thing led to another and then I was reading PureCajunSunshine's post about "Wash day on the Bayou". There, she mentioned the Octagon bar soap and I had never heard of it. Sooo, I Googled it and somewhere along the line I ran across www.soapsgonebuy.com. There are laundry soap recipes there as well as a few products. Maybe someone might be interested. I did discover that Octagon soap has lye in it.


    I make my own soap and use it. It is made with Lye. It is not hard to make at all. I use it for everything! Laundry bathing and heavy cleaning. I also use animal fats to make my soap, but I have also made some with just vegetable type oils. You do have to be careful as to what you put in your soap, if anyone in the family has allergies.

  3. I use microfiber cloths for cleaning and dusting. For floor cleaning, I crocheted and/or knitted some rags to go on my Swiffer-Type dustmop. When they get dirty, I throw them in the washing machine. I do the same for the microfiber cloths. I also use my handmade soap to wash the greasy cloths with. You will not believe how well it cleans and cuts grease! I keep a bar on my kitchen sink for greasy hands and other things.

  4. Nope. Not all PVC is the same, nor is all capable of being used in the home for drinking water. Mostly it is used for the outgoing or outdoors.


    This is especially true with those white plastic pails that people love to get for free from businesses thinking they can be used for storing food. Only food grade pails please and they are marked with the grade. Most are not food grade.




    My whole house has PVC pipe in it. The outgoing pipes are ABS pipe. Check with your building supply company to see what kind would be best. I did use some PVC pipe as a mold for soap. It turned out very well! Course I'm not gonna eat the soap! =)

  5. What about putting cans of food inside the pvc? Is that harmful? I thought plastic was mainly harmful if heated up with food. I have an insane idea - pack dry goods in foodsaver bags or can items, then put into the large pvc pipes, glue/cap the ends shut, bury in the ground about 2 feet. This thread about tx heat made me think of this - I actually got this idea from a mag where a guy stored a gun this same way for something like 15 years. I was thinking if stored below ground this way, the heat wouldn't affect it like it would if it was sitting in a garage or something. If anyone has info or links where I could find out "why" this wouldn't be an option, please let me know.


    3 feet deep would be better. At 3 feet deep, the temperature is about 60-degrees F.

  6. Hey, I can get a few buckets a week from work however, they are dill pickle buckets. Does anyone have a good idea for quickly removing the pickly smell? I'm not so hungry for pickled oatmeal and what have you:?)


    Krissy, I use baking soda to help take the pickle/vinegar smell out of plastic buckets and all. I usually get my buckets from the Donut Shop for FREE. And they do rinse them out for me first. =)

  7. Another scam going around is a caller calls and tells you that the SS Office is changing our social security numbers. They are NOT. Besides the Social Security will never call you! They have called my MIL twice. She referred them to my husband, her son.

  8. Howdy ya'll! I'm Debbie J! I just joined this group and am wanting to learn about survival and being prepared for any type of disaster.


    I have been trying to buy up a few books on gardening and canning and dehydrating and how to use all the items. Also got one on making mixes of all kinds.

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