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Re: new towels smell-help please
Karen Maslowski wrote:
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Yeah, but so is dihydrogen monoxide -- http://www.dhmo.org/ -- and as
the web site shows, it is a deadly, toxic chemical.

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Let me see if I can remember enough college chemistry to write
Dihydrogen monoxide as a formula....hmmmm.......

Comes out H2O............................


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Pat in Arkansas wrote:
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BOO HOO!  You spoiled it!  Go read the web site -- it's hysterical!

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Omigosh, this is SO funny!

Boy, some people must have a LOT of  time on their hands, to create such
an extensive website, just to poke fun! Thanks for the link--and to Pat,
for writing out the formula. Science is not my strong suit, and I
appreciate being let in on the joke!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to send wrote:
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Karen Maslowski wrote:
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The danger here is that people make the leap to: "Another urban legend
debunked; the stuff is harmless". I'm talking about a different context
entirely:

  There is a big difference between carefully controlled traces of the
chemical in the mfg process in shampoo etc vs. having a gallon of
horsewash stuff I bought in the feedstore in the laundry room and being
able to add an extra glug in the wm "for good measure".  If a rash
develops in our house (esp. around the waistline) the first question is:
did we change deteregent (washing powder)recently? or maybe they changed
the formulation.

Cancer risk isn't my focus, what caught my eye is the fact that the
chemical is specifically used in med research to CAUSE skin irritation
to test healing salves.

  I guess the horses don't complain. But then, they're covered with,
well,... horsehide.

JPBill

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WB wrote:

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A statement this ridiculous doesn't merit a rebuttal.

Doreen in Alabama

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well, yeah... do you really think those of us with livestock
use gloves when we wash them? i *did* learn the hard way to
wear leather gloves when i shear, but that's entirely
different ;)
 i have very sensitive skin & i've never had an issue with  
Orvis, which is straight SLS. of course, i don't slather it on
& leave it for an hour either.
 irritation from laundry powder is more often from the
fillers, fragrances, dyes or even just not rinsing it
thouroughly. expect manufacturers to change formulas every 4-6
months, especially in washing detergents & beauty products.
lee
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About the http://www.dhmo.org/ site:  I sent the link to my brainy
daughters (one majoring in Biology; the other in engineering), and the
youngest one wrote back that their gifted teacher in 5th grade gave them
this substance to figure out! The clues were that it killed people, but
it was also necessary to sustain life.

It just goes to show you that too much of anything can kill you!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com

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Doreen wrote:
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Doreen (humorless) in Alabama.

JPBill

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 do you have horses Bill? i'd guess not or you would know how
delicate that horsehide really is while still on the horse :)
 really, horses can be very fussy & are prone to allergies &
dermatological issues (my favorite was a horse that had hay
allergies).
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enigma wrote:
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I don't have horses, but I appreciate them. My grandfather raised and
did harness racing on the Grand Circuit years ago.

My quip? was based on the fact that cordovan is one of the toughest of
leathers and comes from selected parts of a horse, and I translated that
into what I thought was their relative immunity from chemicals which are
actually used to irritate human skin. I stand corrected and thanks for
the information.   JPBill

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Joy Beeson wrote:

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Joy,

Yup, sodium lauryl sulfate, labeled Orvus, is one of the few agents
recommended for washing quilts.  Only one tablespoon needed in the wm.
My horsie daughters buy Orvus at farm & home cooperative stores, so I
always know where I can get a free refill for my small quilt shop
bottle.  :)

Doreen in Alabama

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Oh I can imagine!  I have terrible allergies that take it out on my
hands so I'll take your word for that. :)

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Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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Phae, you really cannot go by laundromat washing machines. They get so
beat up from the constant use, and have probably done more to harm the
reputation of front loading machines than any other source. My machine
actually holds a queen-sized down comforter; we don't have any
king-sized beds, so I can't speak to that size's accommodation.

My washer is a heavy-duty machine, although it does not look like it. My
mother just moved into a new home, and that is the type she chose, as
well, on my recommendation, and she loves it, too (hers does not have
the seal problem on the door). Mother is a laundry maniac; she literally
washes all her summer clothes when she puts them away in the fall,
washes the winter clothing she just took out of her (sealed) hanging
storage bags, and then reverses the process at the next change of
season. She drives me a little cuckoo with this, actually.

I would say that the only other problem I have with my washer is the
same problem I have with my dryer--the doors are lower, and it is a bit
of a pain to get clothes out of them. However, this is why the newer
models all have those pedestals. If we ever redo our laundry room, I aim
to build some sturdy drawers for underneath both, which would accomplish
the same thing. This is not a problem for my mom, since she's a little
bird thing, and does not have to stoop the way her long-legged daughters
do!

My most favorite reason to own one of these is the energy savings. When
I bought it we had two teenaged girls living here (who have since both
gone off to college). They both did their own laundry, bless them, so
our washer and dryer were "on duty" a lot, and both our water bills and
electric bills were getting high. There was a visible difference in both
after we bought this new machine, so I'm definitely a believer!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


Phaedrine wrote:

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My grandmama did that too.  And during spring cleaning, everything in
the house that was washable got washed... literally.

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I am so glad you and others have helped to update me!  I feel so much
better about the new machines now, especially knowing that I will be in
the market for a new washer in the near future.  Thanks to you and
everyone else!  

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I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

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We've got an older Maytag Neptune, about 3 years into production.  Holds
a kingsized comforter easily, or sheets and pillowslips from a kingsized
bed + a twin bed + a week's worth of tshirts and panties.

I soak stuff in that machine, too... start it up, let it get to the middle of
the wash cycle, hit the stop button.  And I dye in it, too... though I
usually throw an extra couple gallons of boiling water in with the
fabric and dye.  To get a long agitation time, I stop the machine and
reset it to the beginning of the wash cycle.

My husband was amazed when we first got it, that his grottier shade-tree-
mechanic t-shirts came clean within the first few washes, and even my
gardening clothes looked quite a bit better (our soil is iron-rich red clay).  
I wasn't surprised, because I'd been using laundromat frontloaders for
years before we were married.  And clothes last longer, I use less power
and water and detergent and additives, and thy fabrics come out
of the machine much drier than that toploading menace to civilization
ever produced.

Kay
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My middle daughter went camping in the rainy mountains for two weeks,
and came home with the smelliest gear, between the smokiness and the
mildew, and, well, you know. She washed them, and just as she was
getting ready to turn on the washer, I threw a cup of baking soda in
with the clothes. The smell came right out, and she was thrilled. It's a
nice cheap solution, too!

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati
www.sewstorm.com


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After washing, try line drying the towels instead of using a dryer.  It's
amazing how nice things smell when they've been dried outdoors.  I know that
this makes towels go hard, but to me that's minor compared to any smell.

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You can then soften them up by tossing them in the dryer for a few minutes.
:)

I like to hang things out when I can.  But if you have pollen allergies it
doesn't always work well.  :(

Sharon

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pig.



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