- 4lb.12oz. box of Borax
- 3lb. 7oz. box of washing soda
- 3lb. container of oxy cleaner
- 2 bars of Zote soap, grated
- 2lb. box of baking soda
Fair warning: this does not suds up but I have been happy with how it cleans. I have used it with hot, warm and cold water.
I have also seen the recipe calling for Fels Naptha or Ivory soap. I like the mild scent of the Zote, but I haven't found it in Vermont. I can buy it at SavAlot in Florida and have used just that for hand washables since I discovered it a few years ago.
Rian had asked why I don't use fabric softener. We have very soft water and fabric softener seems unnecessary and I have an adversion to really strong scents because they make me sneeze like crazy.
Fiftyodd asked if Mike was an accountant. That made me laugh. He had wicked math phobia as a student. I am sure that is a career path he never even considered. However, as I thought about it, yes, it really does fit in so many ways. He actually had his own small business (with a partner who later bought him out and thus enabled his retirement) which was/is Harbor Vintage Motor Company. He was an American picker, scouring old barns through the countryside for parts and restoring old Harley and Indian motorcycles. Ahead of his time. He could have been on TV! Well actually, he was once, but it was a one time thing, not a whole series. Mostly the show about American pickers bores him.
At one time he had seven old motorcycles that he had restored for himself in the garage. Now he he has none--except for some toys similar to that above.