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Old 05-12-2011, 10:51 AM   #1101
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When you're talking about a "scoop of oxy" or a "scoop of washing soda" what size scoop are we talking? The 1/2 c. scoop that comes with the oxyclean?

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:53 AM   #1102
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Thanks!! I thought it looked okay, but I haven't done nearly as much research as everyone else in this thread. Thank you for the valuable info!!
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:55 PM   #1103
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When you're talking about a "scoop of oxy" or a "scoop of washing soda" what size scoop are we talking? The 1/2 c. scoop that comes with the oxyclean?
No, about 1 tblspoon.

Man, you would go through the stuff pretty fast if it was 1/2 cup! Yikes! (why is the scoop that big???)
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:00 PM   #1104
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No, about 1 tblspoon.

Man, you would go through the stuff pretty fast if it was 1/2 cup! Yikes! (why is the scoop that big???)
For realz! I was hoping you were going to say 1T. Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:13 PM   #1105
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Re: Ok, lets talk about detergent, for once and all.

What do you think about this formula? Its a WAHM that someone recommended.

Sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, natural chelating agent, sodium percarbonate, fragrance (scented version) or essential oils (essential oil version)
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:18 PM   #1106
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What do you think about this formula? Its a WAHM that someone recommended.

Sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, natural chelating agent, sodium percarbonate, fragrance (scented version) or essential oils (essential oil version)
Well....it is basically water softeners, oxyclean and fragrance. No detergent in there. You need a detergent, or some surfactant, to really work.

(and this is info for everyone....)

Surfactants work by grabbing the dirt/grease/bio matter and allowing it to be rinsed away by the water.

Water softeners are helping to get the metals and calcium out of the water, so it does not interfere with the cleaning. Some of the softeners also alter the pH so the surfactants work better, and can help to emulsify grease. (make it smaller blobs)

If you do not use a surfactant in your detergent....you are basically WASHING YOUR CLOTHES IN WATER. really. Soft water, with less extra metals and calcium in it, but water none the less. Now, you CAN wash your clothes in plain water....but why? It will not get as clean, period.

Let me say that again folks....without a surfactant in your laundry "detergent", you are washing your clothes in WATER!

If you want to wash your clothes in water, buy some washing soda, and some oxy (generic!), and do it yourselves. You do not have to pay $10 for someone to do this for you.

So OP, this laundry "detergent" is not the best choice. (but it probably smells really good!)
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:28 PM   #1107
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Thanks!!! I have soft side of regular water anyway so maybe only softeners aren't the best choice for me anyway!
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Probably redundant, but thank you so much for this thread. I have been following it for a while. Had stink issues while cloth diapering my last one-so much so that I had almost given up the idea of cloth diapering this next one. This thread has encouraged me to try again. THANK YOU!!!
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Re: Ok, lets talk about detergent, for once and all.

I haven't read NEARLY all of this thread, but I wanted to say-I recently dyed a BG 4.0 red. In order to dye polyester/synthetics, which BG's are, you have to use a special dye AND use boiling water for an hour. I used a white 2nd to try this on, since I wasn't sure how it would hold up to the boiling. I had no issues though. I've been using it since-elastics are fine, snaps are fine, and the PUL is fine.

I will say I'd be nervous boiling Fuzzi Bunz or my generic pockets though. The PUL on them seems much much thinner and I don't know how well it would hold up to boiling.
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I haven't read NEARLY all of this thread, but I wanted to say-I recently dyed a BG 4.0 red. In order to dye polyester/synthetics, which BG's are, you have to use a special dye AND use boiling water for an hour. I used a white 2nd to try this on, since I wasn't sure how it would hold up to the boiling. I had no issues though. I've been using it since-elastics are fine, snaps are fine, and the PUL is fine.

I will say I'd be nervous boiling Fuzzi Bunz or my generic pockets though. The PUL on them seems much much thinner and I don't know how well it would hold up to boiling.


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