Monday, May 31, 2010

Bleach Alternative

I am really not sure why I have not shared this with you before. I share everything else whether you want to read it or not so why not this? I guess better late than never. I found this at a local Albertson's Store here in Portland Oregon. They were on clearance for $1 so I bought all 5 bottles of them. This was about 6 months ago and believe it or not i'm still using the first bottle I opened. This stuff goes a long long way. Let me introduce you to this amazing stuff.

Mrsstewart is the safest alternative to bleach I have ever found. It is a concentrated liquid bluing that whitens white clothes safely. Its non toxic and biodegradable. Mrs.Stewarts has had a standard of excellence since 1883. When they first started out their bottles were glass with cork tops dipped in wax. Beginning in the early 1970s, their company began phasing out glass bottles and introduced plastic. Today, MSB is packaged exclusively in recyclable high density polyethylene plastic bottles. As the story goes Mrs.Stewart refused to have her picture on the bottles so Mr.Stewart used his mother in laws instead. They thought that it would sell better if it had her picture on it.  

Mrs.Stewart has many other uses so take a peek and have fun with it. 

How does it work?
Determining how much bluing to use depends upon the load setting of the washing machine and whether it is being used in the wash water or in the rinse water. Generally, when using Mrs.Stewarts  in the wash water, use approximately 1/4 teaspoonful and if used in the rinse water, less than 1/8 teaspoon. Always mix the bluing in a container of clear, cold water before pouring into the machine. Avoid pouring bluing from the bottle into the machine when clothes are present, as any fiber can absorb an excess of undiluted bluing, causing spotting. An easy way to use bluing is to measure the bluing into an old empty 2 quart or gallon pitcher or container and fill with cold water. Then it can be poured into the machine with clothes present, in either the wash or rinse cycle.
They do not recommend that bluing be used in conjunction with bleach and/or fabric softener. There is no worry of hazardous chemical reaction. However, They do know that bleach encourages more permanent adherence of bluing to fabric and it is generally recommended by most fabric softener manufactures that fabric softener not be used in conjunction with any other laundry product. It is important to know that bluing is not a stain remover, it is a fabric whitener. Bleach is very good for removing stains but can damage your fabric easily. Bluing is very gentle on fabric and will not harm the fibers. We do not recommend dispensing bluing from your automatic fabric softener dispenser as most dispensers are not large enough to allow for enough dilution and spotting can occur. We also do not recommend soaking clothing in bluing water. A simple dip or rinse is sufficient.

To find a bottle of this amazing blue stuff, look here. Click on your state abbreviation and it will give you a list of stores. 

I love this stuff and use it all the time. I hope you can get use from it as I have. Have a great day!

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