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Journalist and creative writer. A vegetarian who has become so open minded that she now includes fish in her diet. Avid knitter and seamstress with a limited set of skills. Above all, committed to telling stories, and a firm believer that you can make anything and everything yourself.

– Wendy Joan Biddlecombe




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  1. Pam B. / Apr 29 2010 8:59 am

    Sending you the “recipe” for homemade laundry detergent-

    4 cups hot tap water, 1 bar ivory soap, 1 cup washing soda*, 1/2 cup borax
    I am using emtry kitty litter buckets and you’ll need empty liquid washing detergent dispenser.
    Grate the bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over med. low heat until dissolved and melted
    Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full with hot tap water
    Add the melted soap, *Arm and Hammer super washing soda and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved
    Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken
    Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser, half full with soap and then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before use.

    TO USE: Top loading machine, 5/8th c. per load (approx 180 loads)’
    Front load machine, 1/4 c. per load (640 loads)

    Also, start using 1/4 c. white vinegar as a fabric softener – clothes do not smell like vinegar. Put into the dispenser for liquid softener.
    Let me know if you try this-

    • Wendy Joan / Apr 29 2010 11:04 am

      Awesome! So cost effective. Have never heard of washing soda, can you buy it anywhere?

  2. Pam B. / Apr 29 2010 11:12 am

    Ingrediats cost around $7 total – the washing soda is Arm and Hammer – bought it at Wegman’s. Publix should have – if you shop there, or any bigger chain. I use washing soda to boost up the cleaning power for heavy soiled clothes and also when I wash my shower curtin-helps with the soap scum residue.


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