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hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
sean wrote:


Surely a gentleman would have had a servant to do that sort of thing?

I've heard not so gentlemen had servants do all sorts of things in the bedroom.



Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We use non -bio then when that runs out we wash with nothing for a few weeks and then sometimes we use our own mix (from this forum) We keep biological only to wash the rugs the dog has wee'd on There is a long thread about this somewhere on here. we also use at least a half or even less of the amount recommended - no-one has complained we smell yet

Green Man



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Syntetics, that could be true Hedgewitch. Guess what my wife bought the other day? A new fitted sheet that has a silky cotton 'feel'. I can't believe it, she has only gone and bought nylon sheets. I thought I'd seen the last of them in the early 80's. I've just realised I sound like Victor Meldrew.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hedgewitch wrote:


Why is Persil outlawed in your house, Sean?


Makes my eczema come up. (Possibly. I've never conducted a properly run double-blind trial or anything, but Fairy seems to work for me so that's what we use.)

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Cho-ku-ri wrote:
Syntetics, that could be true Hedgewitch. Guess what my wife bought the other day? A new fitted sheet that has a silky cotton 'feel'. I can't believe it, she has only gone and bought nylon sheets. I thought I'd seen the last of them in the early 80's. I've just realised I sound like Victor Meldrew.


I am having dreadful 1970s flashbacks to the turquoise sheets I had as a child whenever I stayed with my Aunty

CKR, for goodness sake don't do anything more vigorous than turning over - even that will light up the night to rival the Northern Lights

hedgewitch



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

sean wrote:
hedgewitch wrote:


Why is Persil outlawed in your house, Sean?


Makes my eczema come up. (Possibly. I've never conducted a properly run double-blind trial or anything, but Fairy seems to work for me so that's what we use.)


Well, fair enough, but you do need to run a proper trial here, I think

jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well what ever it is, it's mostly soap

Rosa



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 07 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Soap - well, who'd have thought it contained anything as basic as SOAP. Surely it has some high tech magical ingrediant?

marigold



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I imagine that a lot of what you are paying for with Persil/Ariel/Daz etc is advertising/branding etc

alisjs



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I can tell you that 'whitening' soap powder contains particles which fluoresce in uv light hence giving the illusion of being whiter than white!
nylon sheets!!!!!! I remember turquoise ones at my grandma's house!

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hedgewitch wrote:
I am having dreadful 1970s flashbacks to the turquoise sheets I had as a child whenever I stayed with my Aunty

CKR, for goodness sake don't do anything more vigorous than turning over - even that will light up the night to rival the Northern Lights


We had those - Brentford Nylons! I can still remember the pain of incautiously leaping out of bed in the morning.

I'm another convert to plain soap in the washing machine. I find the clean smell reassuring. The last time I stayed overnight at a friend's house, I couldn't get to sleep for the overpowering smell of the fabric conditioner on the sheets.

2steps



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

think I'll just convert to plain soap flakes too. didn't know you use them in the machine. what temp did you wash on hedgewitch? I normally only do a 40. Most of our muck is mud or food oh and baby sick. I tend to avoid white clothes anyway.
I had wondered what was in powders that make hings so white. some peoples clothes make my eyes feel odd, like snow does. its just too white!

just need to find somewhere that sells them now

kevin.vinke



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

[/quote]

I'm another convert to plain soap in the washing machine. I find the clean smell reassuring. The last time I stayed overnight at a friend's house, I couldn't get to sleep for the overpowering smell of the fabric conditioner on the sheets.[/quote]

I can't take any of those perfumes.
Does anyone have suggestions as to how much soap and which types can be used? No flakes here that I've found.
has anyone tried those soap nuts from India (name escapes me) I can get those on ebay?

lottie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I use soapflakes for handwashing , but have always used nonbio in automatic washer as i thought you needed lowsuds powder----does soap honestly not froth up too much?----only asking because I'd always prefer to use something with more basic ingredients, but we have very soft water and I can't afford to fritz my new[ low energy/water] machine. Lottie

judith



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 07 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

lottie wrote:
I use soapflakes for handwashing , but have always used nonbio in automatic washer as i thought you needed lowsuds powder----does soap honestly not froth up too much?----only asking because I'd always prefer to use something with more basic ingredients, but we have very soft water and I can't afford to fritz my new[ low energy/water] machine.


I use my home-made soap which doesn't produce a lot of bubbles - I can't vouch for more bubbly soaps though. Every couple of weeks I grate up a batch and store it in a jar. To use, I add about 2 tablespoons to the ball thingummyjig, top up with hot water from the kettle and give it a good stir. We have very soft water too, and I've never had problems with over-frothing. I do use a dash of vinegar in the final rinse to get rid of the last vestiges of soap scum. Occasionally I will use a bit of Ecover powdered bleach or Oxy stuff with whites, but for most "clean dirt", the soap is fine.

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