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Laundry det. - you can use less and save!
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Wallsal55    Posted 10-06-2004 at 09:53:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Won't tell anybody how to do their laundry, but
so many times I do my own clothes with just
1/6 a cap, (or a tat more, depending on the dirt
and size of load. This 1/6 cap was with liquid
oxydol. Only thing I cannot seem to get my
family to use less! (There's a reason they make
such huge caps, I think!)
I even have a baby laundry detergent I use in
winter for dry skin, and just a 1/5 cap gives me
lots of suds.

Jimbob    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:58:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
It despend upon the temperature of the water & size of the load. Water above 85F needs little soap as detergent is forumulated to work in warm water.

mojo    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:07:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I shouldn't tell this but...
When I got my first job and apartment I was of course doing my own laundry. One winter day I'm sitting there just waiting for the clothes washer to finish and I notice my laundry detergent box is about wore out. The corners are smashed in and the edges are thread bare. Then I got to thinking "when was the last time I actually USED it?"! Been packing that box around for months back and forth but neglecting to put any in the machine! Couldn't tell it by the clothes and hadn't had any complaints from anybody, and the jokers I worked with wouldn't have let that slide. I was in engineering so it wasn't like I'd been picking up hay or anything.
So yes, I believe most folks do use too much detergent!

Michele in VA    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:24:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every washer repair guy I've ever met has told me we
put too much soap in our machines. 1/4 to 1/2 cap is all
you should you. i prefer to use a whole cap because
i'm nuts like that.

toolman    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:29:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
your right michele, they become "soap bound," clogs up the little holes etc and reduces their cleaning ability.

Peanut    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:14:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a lot of "dirty laundry". But it is the kind that soap wont take care of. Maybe going to confession might help a little :^)

~Lenore    Posted 10-06-2004 at 10:03:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree!!
Most of our laundry is not very dirty;
and a little detergent does the job best.
Too much leaves it in the clothes and dulls them and eventually wears them out faster.

Unless real dirty, half the amount the box or bottle says is sufficient.
If the clothes are real dirty a presoak helps and then wash.

Laniape' (little something extra)
ladies is you stop machine drying your clothes they will look new longer, last longer and smell better.
I hang all of my clothes in doors to dry.
I only dry sheets, towels and such in the dryer.

Little childrens clothes (that they outgrow quickly) if you do not machine dry them, will look brand new when you pass them down or donate them to others.

My neighbor that I care for has no real "dirty" laundry but the girl who washes uses heaping scoops of detergent.

My favorite is Gain.

toolman    Posted 10-06-2004 at 10:24:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
i must be usin the wrong stuff, when i come in from a day of playin farmer/mechanic or whatever it is i do, a whole jug don,t help much and then there is always the WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY WASHIN MACHINE comments i have to endure, figuring on filling the pockets with soap powder and hangin the clothes on the line next rain storm.

Willy-N    Posted 10-06-2004 at 10:30:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have to throw my cloths away after working out in my shop! You don't want to put some of them in the washer let alone come into the house with them. Mark H.

Wallsal55 - You're a real    Posted 10-06-2004 at 16:23:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband insisted washing his after working in
the furnace dept. at the mill. I cannot tell
you what it was like those 9 years he worked there! Grease, black soot, and steel pieces on

toolman    Posted 10-06-2004 at 10:34:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
it sure helps if they wife is in town if you do mark,but ya gotta remember to clean her washin machine, was thinking one time a guy should pick up a old washing machine just for doing work clothes.

~Lenore    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:07:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with that too!!
My son used to live here for a while after a divorce;
his work clothes left my washer brown!!
An old spare washer would be great.
Get one; your wife will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

toolman    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:31:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
what can i say , i just a thoughful guy, why i even washed my wifes cell phone the other day, in ---the-- toilet.opps

Willy-N    Posted 10-06-2004 at 11:36:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I left my fire radio on my chest when I was unhooking a 3 inch draft hose off the back of the truck. I forgot to close a valve it was late in the day and I was tired. You should have seen the water come out and hit my chest and radio!! It did not work for the rest of the day. My new one will stay in the cab till I am done filling now! Mark H.

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