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3/19/11 8:17 A

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Truthfully, I always wash my glass glasses by hand. The detergent used in dishwashers etches the glass. I don't know of a way to avoid this, but using half of the detergent that the manufacturer recommends is a good start (you can also do this with your laundry - you just need enough laundry detergent to see bubbles in the water to get your laundry clean)

The borax is a new idea to me - I'm off to the store now and will pick up some!

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2/3/11 4:01 A

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I really believe that prices where you are are out the top of the roof.
Hopefully your economy will start getting better as spring arrives.

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1/29/11 8:56 A

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maybe because it wasn;t store brand
on monday or tuesday will go shopping a lot further than home and look in other places too
last night it started to snow and my wheels are not for snow
the roads were slippery and driving in the montains at night is a no no
didn't want to go home a minute later


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1/29/11 7:26 A

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I needed to do some conversions to relate:
My baking soda comes in 1 pound boxes.
1 pound = 484 grams
Usually, I can buy for less than a dollar, at the most it would be $1.50.

I tried to find $ to Euro calculator and found that 1 Euro is probably equal to $0.75.

I can't imagine why something like this would be so expensive. You should be able to buy over 1000 grams for 1 euro.

It is making me wonder if the Euro in Greece is not worth as much as they are telling Americans.

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1/29/11 1:23 A

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can't find borax or washing soda
found baking soda but it is way to expensive
3 euros for 100 grams


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1/27/11 11:41 A

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I am thinking that vinegar and hot water would do a really good job. I use my washer several times a week and I use the borax, so I hope that there isn't that much 'build up'..My washer doesn't smell or leave rusty marks on clothes, etc. emoticon



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1/27/11 1:23 A

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I agree. Borax is very helpful and softens too for laundry. Anyone have a frugal recipe to clean dishwashers and washing machines? Here we have one you can buy and run a cycle with just it; I am suspicious that it is actually citric acid powder with a little scent. Speaking of, I have purchased citric acid powder mixed with a few drops of essential oil from an indie craft person. A tablespoon of that in warm water in my kitchen sink; leave until cool. Cleans it beautifully!

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1/26/11 11:12 A

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a little BORAX in the laundry, really helps. Cleaner, fresher, softer.. and less expensive than fabric sofenters.



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1/26/11 8:59 A

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Gosh, thanks for all these tips ! I use vinegar to wash my C-Pap equipment once a week, as the manufacturer said.



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1/26/11 8:42 A

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Vinegar can help with the dishes and the towels. Vinegar can be used in place of fabric softner. Helps remove the soap from the clothes.

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A friend told me a couple days ago, that she had read that using the powdered dishwasher detergent cause less problems with the glasses.

In Indiana, are water comes from natural springs that run through lime stone. Therefore we require water softeners. For us, this makes a huge difference on laundry, especially whites. But it also effects how soft things such as towels come out. I had to do laundry without a water softener for a while. It required more than twice as much detergent. Hard water also destroys appliances, including dishwashers and clothing washers & water heaters. Our furnace circulates water to heat the house, although it is using the same water over and over. Hard water requires stronger chemicals for cleaning toilets, tubs & sinks. So in the long run, our water softener pays for itself. Many people have rental water softeners. Without a water softener, people in my town don't wear white or light colors.

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1/26/11 1:36 A

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For the dishes use half the amount of soap in the dishwasher. To get rid of the smokey look of glasses use a paper towel dipped in White vinegar and wrap the glass this it and leave over night.

To make whites white again use lemon. Also check out my Secrets. I have a lot of ideas for around the house.

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1/26/11 1:33 A

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For laundry, you can try white vinegar in the rinse.
A link to 10 recipes for homemade laundry detergent is here:
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1/26/11 1:27 A

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my glass are turning out awful from the dishwasher,
and my towels stiff from my washing machine
my whites well so and so
any frugal ideas to help???
have to be easy things that i can find in greece and cheap ,,,
thank you


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