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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Jul 29 2016 :  11:31:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi girls -

Have or do any of you use ammonia in your laundry? I have been searching for a natural booster for my laundry to help with odor on our son's work clothes. Recently I purchased a big bottle of ammonia in order to make homemade "miracle grow" for the garden, and lo and behold, the back of the bottle recommends using ammonia as a laundry booster! I did some research online and learned how wonderful it is supposed to be for several reasons, especially for deodorizing and stain removal while keeping your clothing static-free and fluffy. It can apparently even be used on wool blankets! WOW! The one warning I've read everywhere, however is that YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT and SHOULD NOT USE AMMONIA WITH CHLORINE BLEACH - the fumes could kill you!

After reading up on it, I decided to try it. Our son's work clothes are in the laundry right now... I am anxious to see how it works. The bottle said to use one cup per load, but I didn't use quite that amount... Although it apparently washes clean away in the laundry and should not leave any ammonia scent behind, he has sensitive skin and I don't want to overdue it on the first try! I'll let you know how it goes.

If you're interested in learning more, I found this particular website quite helpful: http://ths.gardenweb.com/discussions/2448255/do-any-of-you-use-ammonia-in-your-laundry BUT, truthfully, I'd go by our farmgirl's sisters' words on the matter more than anyone else's.

What do you think, girls? Any wisdom or insight to share?

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!


Edited by - Ninibini on Jul 29 2016 11:32:50 AM

ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Jul 29 2016 :  11:52:32 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
NIni,
I've never tried it so I have no insights, but I'd like to know how it all turns out for you! Happy with the results, etc.
Thanks much!
CJ

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Jul 29 2016 :  3:22:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I have to say, CJ: I am impressed! The clothes came out of the washer smelling fresher than ever. Then I put them in the dryer without any type of dryer sheet, and they turned out soft, fluffy and static-free with the exception of a polyester winter work shirt my son pulled out of his car at the last minute. THAT was static-y as all get. Other than that, even his florescent yellow safety shirts were super clean and bright, and his work jeans look really clean. Amazing. And they don't smell funky at all - they are just fresh! I think I'm going to try using a half-cup next time, just to see how little I really need to use. Other than that, next time, weather permitting, I'm going to see how nicely they turn out when hung outside on the line! :)

Now we just have to see how it affects my son's sensitive skin. If all goes well, this will be a nice inexpensive laundry booster and fabric softener, for sure!

Ammonia in the laundry... I never would've guessed it in a million years! Cool! You know, come to think of it, before I even found the recipe for homemade "miracle grow," I had no idea for what purpose ammonia was even used, other than to grow crystals in homeschool science! LOL!

I'll keep you posted!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!


Edited by - Ninibini on Jul 29 2016 3:24:13 PM
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Madelena
True Blue Farmgirl

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Mary
Central TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 31 2016 :  2:05:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
READ READ. ... SAFETY ALERT..... DO NOT !!! Mix bleach with dish washing products...

They often contain an ammonium compound -- think ammonia like--- and can react badly with bleach and
Some may create toxic fumes. Often it is NOT included in the list of ingredients on the label. Just assume....

You can mix bleach with most laundry detergents.

"There is no unbelief: Whoever plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see it push away the clod, he trusts in God." (Kate Douglas Wiggin)
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Jul 31 2016 :  4:42:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm very glad you said that, Mary... Thank you! I do use dish liquid (Dawn) for removing spots on my clothing, but I've never used it with bleach... I will keep that in mind, for sure!!! Awesome advice! You ROCK farmgirl! Hugs - Nini

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God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Aug 01 2016 :  8:38:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, now I've tried several loads using ammonia... I don't use much, though... I don't think that is really necessary. I've only been using 1/4 - 1/2 cup per load depending upon the size of the load. Our clothes smell fresh, the colors look bright and clean... It's a wow situation! And my son's sensitive skin doesn't seem to be irritated at all. Pretty cool stuff!

Oh, and remember not to breathe in the ammonia - OR bleach - and to never ever ever use them together... And remember what Mary said, above, too!!! Never mix bleach with dish washing products, either!!

Hugs -

Nini



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levisgrammy
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Denise
NJ
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2016 :  06:56:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nini, do you use the ammonia on dark clothes as well?

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Aug 03 2016 :  08:47:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Denise! Apparently, it can be used on any color without fading, and I have found this to be true... So, yes, I've used it on darks as well as lights and whites (the whites mentioned here were not done separately - there were a couple of white wash cloths that sneaked into my light load, and they turned out just fine!) Again, though, I would never mix bleach with ammonia, so I am a little hesitant to do an entire white load, which I normally do with a little bleach, using ammonia instead - I just wonder if there could be bleach residue on the whites that would mix with the ammonia and create a dangerous situation. So, I'm going to keep my whites separate and just wash those with bleach. Also, again, I DO NOT use an entire cup of ammonia with my colors... I just don't find this to be necessary. I have gone down to a quarter cup and seen the same clean, bright, fluffy, fresh-smelling results. :) I think greasy work clothes might warrant using a little more, but I haven't needed to do that yet. We shall see! :) Hugs - Nini

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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

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Louisiana/Texas
USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2016 :  11:09:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Nini. 1/4 cup works for us. Thanks for the tip.
Marly

"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had." Elisabeth Kurler-Ross
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Sep 14 2016 :  12:05:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so glad I came across this. My husbands clothes always smell stinky from working on vehicles and don't seem to smell any better after they are washed. I am going to try this now and see how well they help his clothes out.

Krista
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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
2886 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2016 :  2:47:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have tried it now also. It works great. Thanks for the tip on it Nini.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
4097 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2016 :  2:57:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's gotten good reviews so I have added it to my shopping list to give it a try.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Oct 15 2016 :  4:54:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
SO glad it's working for you, girls, and so glad you're going to try it, Sara! 'Just want to share that I really have found that Marly's right: 1/4 - 1/2 of a cup is plenty! :)

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
4097 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2016 :  2:53:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Last week I washed a load of kitchen towels with ammonia and was happy with results. Yesterday I used it in a load of clothes with two white cotton shirts. Very pleased. They came out white and when I ironed them today they were soft.

The label didn't say it disinfected. Have any of you any info on whether it does or not? I do like to disinfect my kitchen & bath towels.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
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