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« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2011 06:40:22 AM »

If you're referring to this post:

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/saving/msg0814293316256.html?10

it says that soap scum build up can cause that sandpaper effect. But if you read more closely, she specifies that this is because homemade soap formulas lack corrosion inhibitors and chelating agents - however with the addition of Borax you get both of these functions.

For the record I've been using washing soda (in conjunction with shredded Zote and Borax) haven't even bothered to try baking soda yet. I did have one white/red striped shirt end up kinda dingy, but I've also had it for hmmm... almost 6 years now so I guess it's time had come and gone. Other than that I haven't noticed any issues! I do hang dry some items, haven't noticed any stiffness or scratchiness.
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2011 09:39:09 AM »

Nope, that info actually came from another thread where lots of people who make their own discussed the results and more than one person reported that their clothes took a real beating from using the dry powder. It's worth a shot to experiment but I find it pretty easy to whip up batches of dissolved detergent.
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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2011 06:54:50 AM »

Ah good to know... luckily I don't have a lot of delicate stuff so hopefully I don't run into that! I'll keep watch for it though, thanks for the info!
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