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Old 04-22-2021, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
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My parents used Fels Naptha for poison oak. Borax for laundry. Bon Ami was a powder we scrubbed our sinks, tubs, toilets with. I remember a chick on the yellow canister? Maybe not?
Yes, there was and still is a chick on the canister as it fits with their tagline, "Hasn't scratched yet."

I use baking soda as a my go-to abrasive cleaner. Gentle on my vintage tub's finish, fragrance-free, and the price is right.

When I buy Borax, I usually buy it at the hardware store, so it really doesn't smell much like anything at all. Washing soda is right next to it on the shelf.
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Old 04-22-2021, 11:21 AM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Sorry! Correction! It's Fels Naptha, not Bon Ami. Thank you for correcting me. It's FELS NAPTHA soap, grated, with Borax powder--does a great job on laundry. Kills mold and makes things clean and whites are whiter. Fels Naptha is a yellow soap that's been around for a very long time. Laundry doesn't smell when you use it.
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Old 04-24-2021, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Sorry! Correction! It's Fels Naptha, not Bon Ami. Thank you for correcting me. It's FELS NAPTHA soap, grated, with Borax powder--does a great job on laundry. Kills mold and makes things clean and whites are whiter. Fels Naptha is a yellow soap that's been around for a very long time. Laundry doesn't smell when you use it.
Could that be like the Sunlight washing soap here in the UK from the past..
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Sorry! Correction! It's Fels Naptha, not Bon Ami. Thank you for correcting me. It's FELS NAPTHA soap, grated, with Borax powder--does a great job on laundry. Kills mold and makes things clean and whites are whiter. Fels Naptha is a yellow soap that's been around for a very long time. Laundry doesn't smell when you use it.
We knew what you meant. I started using Borax when I had a baby. I use Biz rather than Oxy, though they pretty much do the same thing.

https://www.thespruce.com/borax-laundry-booster-1387922

I still use some liquid detergent which isn't supposed to smell. It does. Adding vinegar to the rinse helps.
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Old 04-27-2021, 03:01 PM
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Location: Northern California
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The washers in my apartment building laundry room only take liquid detergeant,
so powders aren't an option.

How about Woolite -- does the manufacturer still "make it like they used to?"

Also, this is a new issue to me (although I have a friend with MCS who mentions dryer exhaust
as something that can set off symptoms for her). Where is a good site to start learning about
what's in these dryer sheets, fragranced liquids, etc.?
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Old Yesterday, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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The washers in my apartment building laundry room only take liquid detergeant,
so powders aren't an option.

How about Woolite -- does the manufacturer still "make it like they used to?"

Also, this is a new issue to me (although I have a friend with MCS who mentions dryer exhaust
as something that can set off symptoms for her). Where is a good site to start learning about
what's in these dryer sheets, fragranced liquids, etc.?
It's late. I'm tired. Remind me what MCS means.
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Old Today, 11:17 AM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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It's late. I'm tired. Remind me what MCS means.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. It happens when we have experienced over exposure to chemicals. My dr told me once that our livers can detoxify a lot of it but when there is too much, the chemicals just stay in our body and we can't get rid of them. (I think they become stored in the fat.) Any extra chemicals will just tend to accumulate and cause problems.
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