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Old 08-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #1381
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Re: Ok, lets talk about detergent, once and for all.

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Old 10-26-2012, 07:55 AM   #1382
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:45 PM   #1383
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I meant what is your homemade recipe?? Is it good for hard water?

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Old 01-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #1384
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Well soap nuts work very well for me. In regular laundry, diapers, as an all-purpose cleaner and even in my dishwasher! I can't claim that I can use just nuts alone for my diapers (I add washing soda or Oxy-Clean, likely because I'm dealing with 4-6 day old nighttime diapers from two 6 year olds - yes I know I shouldn't let them sit that long...) but they do work though. I do use the liquid in my front loader simply because I don't think FL have enough water to properly activate the saponin.

I have researched soap nuts a LOT and they really can be an effective cleansing agent. There IS an ingredient contained in the soap nuts shells that IS a recognized and proven surfactant. Sometimes needing to add washing soda as a water softener is logical (though absolutly not necessary for everyone or for all loads) since a surfactant alone is not a complete detergent.

You do need to get a bit creative sometimes (like when washing in cold or when using FL) and perhaps they don't work for everyone for a myriad of reasons. To me it's like everyone has their own preferences in detergents, think certain ones work better than another one etc... If a detergent doesn't work well for me personally it doesn't mean that it 'doesn't work' at all kwim?

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I loved using soap nuts (the actual soap nuts, not the liquid) for washing diapers, but I still can't get them to work well for regular laundry. Even the liquid doesn't work well in my FL for regular laundry. I did add oxygen bleach every couple of loads of diapers though. Also, I usually washed diapers on the longest cycle. Maybe that made a difference.

I found that most people with hard water have to add washing soda or at least oxygen bleach (which I believe contains some washing soda) to make them work better.
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Great info thanks! I have a whole bag of soap nuts put aside because I
Thought they "didn't work"... I'll try the washing soda tip. We have hard water here.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:01 PM   #1387
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Great info thanks! I have a whole bag of soap nuts put aside because I
Thought they "didn't work"... I'll try the washing soda tip. We have hard water here.
You might find this blog post helpful.
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Thanks! What à coïncidence! I found this exact same blog post yesterday evening its really what I need to try!
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Very informative article. Thanks! Made it through the OP. will have to read all the replies after some sleep.
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