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RE: wash lines (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: grainlady on 04.29.2009 at 06:42 am in Laundry Room Forum

There are all kinds of lines to choose from. Everything from simple (inexpensive) plastic clothes line cord to retractable lines. Have you checked your local hardware stores? The link below has some options that might work for you.


Here is a link that might be useful: Outdoor Clothes Dryers


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RE: wash lines (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mayguy on 05.01.2009 at 05:50 pm in Laundry Room Forum

Our house came with the Sunline and love it! As other said, it is out of the way when you don't use it.

The line holds 3 to 4 load of laundry for us. It's attached to the back side of the garage, and the holder is on the tree, so I have no post in the way.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunline clothes line.


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RE: STTP vs. Sodi um carbonate? (Follow-Up #16)

posted by: sudsmaster on 04.08.2006 at 03:39 am in Laundry Room Forum


I realize you are going by your personal experience. However I'm relaying information I've learned over the years, not only from my own personal experience but also from expert sources.

What the experts say: STPP performs three major functions in a laundry detergent:

1) Water softener
2) Break
3) Alkalinizer

STPP these functions without forming a precipitate when it encounters various minerals. It doesn't matter if those minerals are in the tap water or in the dirt on the laundry.

In detergents that replace STPP with sodium carbonate, it is necessary to add a anti-redeposition agent to avoid having the mineral-carbonate precipitate from being redepostied back on the laundry. So, you can add a fourth function to STPP:

4) Soil anti-redeposition agent.

Additionally, STPP is a much better break than sodium carbonate. A lot of this is due to what might be called the nano action of STPP, whereby on the molecular level its ability to keep dirt in solution means that it more readily coaxes dirt from fabrics than sodium carbonate. This is irregardless of the water hardness level.

If you don't general truly dirty laundry, and have soft water, then yes, you may never see the difference between detergents with vs. without STPP. However, even in soft water, (4 grains) I can see a huge difference between a detergents ability to remove all sorts of heavy soil and staingin from fabrics when STPP is the variable. I know I'm not alone in this observation; many others here have stated that they whites are much whiter with STPP added. In fact, that's how I first discovered the value of STPP. I noticed that my whites were no longer getting clean when my favorite detergent (Clout) dropped the use of STPP in the mid-90's.

Additionally, enzymes cannot replace all the functions of STPP, and they are basically useless against inorganic mineral-rich soiling and staining.


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RE: Ugh-this is what I'm dealing with.. (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: i_dig_it on 04.22.2009 at 03:29 pm in Laundry Room Forum

I discovered a spray stain remover called Zout that I think works better than any other I've tried such as Spray'n Wash, Shout, etc. Another suggestion I have is for you to try soaking them in Biz. That's what I used when my hubby used to play ball. We didn't have the red clay, but we had grass stains and good old black dirt.

I also did a quick Google search for removing red clay stains from clothing and here's a few of answers I found...

1. To remove stains of all kinds, even red mud, just use Windex with ammonia. AND To get red clay and grass stains out add about 1/4 cup of Cascade dishwasher detergent to your wash along with your laundry detergent.

2 .When my son had white baseball pants I couldn't get them clean either. I asked my grandmother for help. This is what she told me: take Murphy's Oil soap rub it into the stains and dirt areas let sit for 10 - 15 minutes, then put them in warmest water the pants can stand and soak over nite then take water and all put into washing machine and add detergent ( I used ALL) and was on warmest temp. They came out like brand new. At that time we were living in Georgia and it even got rid of the red clay stains.

3. If you are faced with a read clay stains. Make a paste of table salt and vinegar. Place it over the stain and rub. Leave the paste on for 15- 20 minutes then launder as usual.

4. I live in an area that has an abundance of red clay. I never could get it out. A friend told me she used lye soap. I got some and it really works. Rub it on the stain and scrub with a soft brush. Sometimes I have to repeat several times. Most of the time it takes the stain right out or lightens it enough that a color safe bleach with remove the rest of it.

Good Luck!


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