Water softener?????

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  1. Trixie

    Trixie Well-Known Member

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    Our local PBS station had a man on today named Haley that has written books on household hints. I confess I had never heard of him, but he did have a host of good ideas.

    One of the things he used in a lot of his preparations was water softener. He had the box covered so I could not see the brand name, but he said you could find it in the laundry section of the grocery store. I absolutely don't recall ever having seen water softener in that section.

    Is it just something I have missed and is water softener sold as such or is it actually called by another name?
     
  2. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    It was a box of something....like an old fashioned soap box?
     

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    Colleen in WI Well-Known Member

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    :shrug: Could it have been borax? I use a brand named 20 Mule Team Borax as a laundrey booster. It is found in the laundrey section.
     
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    Spinner Well-Known Member

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    maybe calgon?
     
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  6. Trixie

    Trixie Well-Known Member

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    Calgon!!!

    Thank you. Yes, from what I could see of the box, that's it.

    It says water softener on the box, doesn't it? I am familiar with calgon, but it just didn't come to mind.
    Thank you again.
     
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    What do you use it for?
     
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    Softens your water so your laundry detergents can work better...who can forget those old commercials..." Ancient Chinese Secret "...guess I'm dating myself there....:)
     
  9. Trixie

    Trixie Well-Known Member

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    I remember 'ancient Chinese secret' now. Also, "Calgon, take me away.". I just didn't remember it as a water softener.

    I can't remember all the hints this man gave using this product, but the one I was interested in was the one for cleaning silver. You line a pan with aluminum foil, add 1 qt hot water, 1 tsp salt and my notes just say water softener (I don't know if he gave amount or I missed it). At any rate, it appeared to be a really good 'dip' type cleaner for silver. I have used the Tide, hot water, and aluminum foil before, but it didn't really seem to work that well.

    Thanks again for the information. As soon as I make it to the grocery store, I will give this a try.
     
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    Baking Soda, Alum. Foil And Water Can Be Used To Clean Silver.

    Line The Pot W/foil, Fill W/water, Add Your Silver, Then Add Baking Soda By The Teaspoonfull. Start W/ About 3 In One Place I Lived It Took About 1/2 Cup Of Baking Soda To Work. Heat The Water To Boiling.....the Alum Foil Collects All The Black Gunk Off The Silver.