Are you noticing that when you do the laundry,your clothes just don’t look/feel as clean as they use to? Are you considering maybe switching to another brand or strength of detergent? Before you change,consider this…maybe it’s your WATER.
Sometimes .homes have a different type of water running through their pipes.In fact,about 85% of homes have “Hard Water” going through their drains.
What IS “Hard Water”?
In order for me to get a better understanding of what hard water was and how it effects the cleanliness of my laundry,I turned to Wikipedia. The following is an excerpt –
“Hard water is water that has high mineral content (in contrast with “soft water“).
In domestic settings, hard water is often indicated by a lack of suds formation when soap is agitated in water. With hard water, soap solutions form a white precipitate (soap scum) instead of producing lather.”
What does this mean for me?
What does this mean? Well, it means that if you have do indeed have hard water running in your home,it can be leaving your clothes caked with soap scum (that film of nastiness that you see after you take a bath or shower)… YUCKY! So…. how do you stop or get rid of the scum? Here’s a suggestion…USE BORAX!
Borax HELPS !
When you use Borax,you’ll get “cleaner clothes than detergent alone”. Borax can help by –
Naturally softening the hard water and improving your current detergents cleaning power.
Helps keeps stains from re-deposited back on clothes.The scum goes away ,hence erasing the “memory” of the stain…so to speak.
A New Clean
Did you know that you can make your own detergent…just by using a few ingredients?
Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or other natural, unscented bar soap)
Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available at most grocery stores)
Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand available at most stores)
Now for the making !
- Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor or cheese grater until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
- Store in closed container. In quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
- Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
Powdered recipe cost :
One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.49 (Note: all of these are much more expensive on Amazon!)
One 76 ounce box of Borax – $4.99
One Bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap- $2.99
Try the recipe (if you dare !) ,and let me know how you like it ! To get you started,here is a giveaway for a FREE BOX of Borax. There will be 3 winners …good luck !!
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