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Q: Water softening ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Water softening
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: rane57-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 09 May 2003 18:41 PDT
Expires: 08 Jun 2003 18:41 PDT
Question ID: 201827
Is there a chemical or compound that I can use to soften the water in
a load of laundry, without resorting to commercial products?
Subject: Re: Water softening
Answered By: willie-ga on 10 May 2003 05:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi, and thanks for the question

There are several methods that can be used. The simplest involves
using baking soda.

In an article: 
HomeMade Laundry Softener and Stain Remover by Sandy Shields
( ) she gives the following recipe and

2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Cups Water

Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar
will fizz.
Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake.
Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "Downy Ball".


There is a really cute description of how baking soda does the job at
the following site:
Jimmy learns about Hard and Soft Water
( )


In an article on Frugal Living for Bella Online the writer goes even
further, doing away with the baking soda and saying ... "to soften
clothes, throw a cup of vinegar in the laundry rinse water to cut the
soap scum that causes harsh clothing."
( )


Other methods cited typically use borax -  best known as a laundry
booster but it helps soften hard water to leave your clothes cleaner
and brighter. You can find everything you ever wanted to know about
Borax here:
The many household uses of Borax
( )

But be careful. Borax is sodium borate. It is poisonous so you must be
careful when handling it. Borax is used for many things:  as a fabric
and water softener, stain remover, bleach and disinfectant. Even give
its poisonous nature, it is probably friendlier to the environment
than some commercial products.

You can find out about borax, and other cheap cleaning products, at
the Quolkids site in the article:  Environmentally friendly household
cleaning products

hope that helps

Google search terms used:
"make your own" "water softener"
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