Note: Though the following are not recommendations, you may find them of particular interest.
Most have not been tested by the Printlace Kitchen.
I try to give the origin of ideas whenever possible.

Home Made Laundry Soap

Thank you to:
Dorothy Dennis Schreffler

Recipe for my laundry detergent. All of the ingredients should be found in the laundry soaps aisles.
2 cups of washing soda
2 cups of Borax
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 bar of Fels-Naptha soap, grated and two scoops of Oxy-Clean.
Mix it all up together and use about 1/4 cup per load.
Washing soda and baking soda are two different things so make sure you get the washing soda.
I picked up the Zote bar soap the last time I was at the store and much prefer it because it smells so fresh and clean.
I grate it in my food processor, first on the grate side of the blade;
and then put the grated soap back into the processor with the cutting blade and "mince" it up.
Add all together and you will have yourself some nice smelling detergent and all good for the environment.
You might not see a lot of difference at first but if you continue to use this, the look of your laundry will improve.

Home Made Laundry Softener Discussion

Thank you to the ladies named below for the following information.

Dorothy Dennis Schreffler:
I just use distilled white vinegar for my softener and although it doesn't get things soft like the softener, they are more absorbent.

Karen Swain Parks:
The fabric softener recipe . . . was 3 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cut rubbing alcohol, and 20 drops essential oil (optional). Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and shake it to mix. I haven't tried this so I don't know how well it works.

Kathy O'Howell:
Laundry Soap (Click Here for Site)
This site has the recipe I've used.

Kathy O'Howell:
Homemade Fabric Softener(Click Here for Site)
.... there is a fabric softener recipe here but I haven't tried it.

Karen Swain Parks:
The fabric softener recipe from Sunday's paper was 3 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cut rubbing alcohol, and 20 drops essential oil (optional). Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and shake it to mix. I haven't tried this so I don't know how well it works.

Dorothy Dennis Schreffler:
I think if I were going to try one, I would try yours, Karen. The only thing about the one you posted, Kathy, is that you use hair conditioner and that leaves residue and after a while, could cause build-up just like on your hair. I'm glad I got a few bottles of essential oils (lavender, lemon, tea tree) so I can try different things. I just put a mixture of vinegar, water and lemon essential oil in a package of swiffer (floor) wipes and to they smell good. Now, let's see if they work.

Caring for Cashmere
From: WSJ: By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
(Click HERE for Original WSJ Article

Brunello Cucinelli's cashmere collection goes well beyond the clothes made by his label. The fashion designer has a closet filled with cashmere blazers, sweaters and scarves, including pieces picked up from his travels to the Kashmir region of south Asia.

Mr. Cucinelli takes good care of his cashmere collection, believing the pieces can be handed down for generations. He has pieces that are more than 30 years old. "A cashmere knit is like a book," he says. "It is something to save and go back to time after time. It is the feeling of an embrace." Indeed, when cashmere is well cared for and stored, Mr. Cucinelli says, "its look can improve and the feel can become even softer." After each washing, the cashmere fibers get wider and more open.

But the designer, who is based in Solomeo, Italy, doesn't send his cashmere sweaters to the dry cleaner unless there's a tough stain that requires a specialist. While he sends coats and pants to the dry cleaner, he favors washing the rest at home by hand. Never wash cashmere in a machine, he adds. It "accelerates the aging of the fiber."

When cleaning cashmere at home, Mr. Cucinelli generally fills a container with warm water for pieces that are one solid color. For pieces that are printed or have more than one color, he uses very cold water.

Then, he takes a tablespoon of gentle hand soap or a soap that's specifically created for knitwear and dilutes it in five liters of water. (If you're using a fabric softener, he says, try a natural one such as white vinegar, as chemicals could alter the texture of the garment.)

Mr. Cucinelli soaks the garment in water for two to three hours "without moving it," a step that allows the fibers to open. Then he gently squeezes the water out without twisting the cashmere, which he notes would stretch the fiber too much. He repeats this step until all soap and water are gone.

The designer always lays the piece flat on a soft towel to dry. If he chooses to iron the piece at the end, he places a soft cloth on the piece so the iron is not in direct contact with the cashmere. Also, he uses the iron's steam setting to avoid harsh direct heat.

When stored, cashmere needs air, Mr. Cucinelli notes, "so it can 'breathe' because it is a natural fiber." The designer prefers to store pieces in a colorless cardboard box with cedar disks inside. A lightweight fabric bag also works, but a box gives material more room to breathe, and the cedar disks deter moths while adding a subtle scent.

If a spill happens while Mr. Cucinelli is out, he is careful "not to intervene right away, as you may worsen the situation by rubbing the stain too much." Instead, he waits until he can hand-wash the garment or, if the stain is bad, he takes it to a cleaner that specializes in treating cashmere.
This item added 12/03/2011

To Set Dye
Mix 2 teaspoons white vinegar to 1 gallon of water.



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