@haydesigner@sammydog01 Ha whoops. Entertaining story hmm…The truth, how could I pass up the chance at a possible nuts and balls write up?! Also truth, couldn’t go another day seeing we sell the SAME stuff allllllll the time, gotta give the people what they want, CHANGE!
@awk, while I can’t disagree with the grim reaper having a clear message… You are quite mistaken about that “scary logo” that you show.
When all of the colored diamonds have zeroes in them, it means that the substance has no health hazards associated with it, it is stable, and it will not burn.
On the other hand, if you had a bottle with a label that had the number 4 in each of these diamonds, that stuff would be a deadly poison with a flash point below room temperature, that might detonate if you dropped it…
@support Sorry. I just get bugged when folks use the word chemicals to imply ‘dangerious chemicals’ when all things are made of chemicals. Also, I hoped that by mis-spelling pedantic on purpose would have indicated that I wasn’t being too serious. Humor fail for squishybrain.
@growyoungagain There’s no difference between synthetic and “natural” chemicals. They’re just chemicals. I understand that when someone says that something has no chemicals, they’re implying synthetic chemicals but that also makes the mistaken assumption that somehow synthetic chemicals = bad and ‘natural’ chemicals are somehow inherently good. In this case, yes, these nuts release soap-like surfactants but as far as we know, it might be less harmful to use a biodegradable laundry soap. For example it’s quite possible that the harvesting of these nuts might caus environmental harm to the forests.
It’s not so simple as saying natural is good and synthetic is bad.
@squishybrain I coud’nt disagree with you more on the synthetic vs “natural” chemicals. Just taking into consideration standard laundry. It is filled with “bad” petro chemicals, endrocrine disruptors, and known cancer causing ingredients. Then there are the 300+ chemicals that make up fragrances. The industry does not have to disclose their “proprietary” formulas. Many of the fragrances are heavily used to cover up the smell of the other chemicals in the products. In 2009 the CDC banned the use of all fragrances on their sites, this includes perfumes/ colognes, hairsprays, soaps, shampoos,laundry products( dryer sheets are a major pollutant)etc. Just because a product has the word “natural” on it that does’nt mean it is safe-it may contain a slew of harmful chems. I speak from a lifetime of experience as I have had allergic reactions or non allergic reactions to more things than not.
Buckle Up boys n girls, this is a long comment.
(The following views, information, and whatever else you get out of this comment is not from Meh/diocre. This is from my person experience or knowledge and should not be taken as anything more than, “Oh TC just said a lot of stuff about soap and cloth diapers.”)
TLDR: don’t use the soap nuts knockoff on your diapers. It’s gross.
Soap and detergent are different things. They work differently and do different, if similar, jobs.
For the cloth diaper example: that’s gross. You need detergent to clean poop. It’s that simple.
“There are even detergents that dissolve in solvents other than water, such as gasoline. These often include nitrogen in their formulation. The nitrogen compound frequently includes a ring as part of its structure. Such compounds are not only detergents, but dispersants.”
It’s the dispersants that are especially important for helping rid cloth diapers of, well, the stuff that goes in diapers. If you hit cloth diapers with soap, you’re not getting all of the poop out. Which is awful and will lead to the cloth diaperers worst nightmares, namely: “Barn Stink” and “Chemical Burns.” Both of which can occur when urine and/or isn’t washed out completely. We all know that urine turns to ammonia if left sitting long enough and not using detergent doesn’t get it all out.
BTW - that DIY laundy soap everyone’s making? Sucks. Doesn’t really get your clothes clean… because there’s no detergent. The Fels Naptha or equivalent can also mess up your machine pretty bad, from all the wax in it.
So maybe replace the shitty DIY laundry soap w/soap nuts. But don’t use either on cloth diapers.
@support Yah, me too, but my OCD was washed away by missing the meh-click yesterday even tho I visited and commented. I’d like to blame mediocre.com for dropping a click but don’t have the memory-confidence to do so…
Also - wool dryer balls are great for beating out wrinkles, refluffing your shredded foam pillows from meh that showed up as pancakes, and do help reduce drying time/heat. It takes about 8-12 to make a major difference in drying time, or let you reduce the heat cycle, but 3-4 will help your clothes come out soft and wrinkle-free.
You can definitely use wool dryer balls with your cloth diapers. They help them dry, without messing with the absorbency like fabric softerners/sheets would.
Don’t use dryer balls for removing pet hair. They won’t get that job done at all.
@Thumperchick Do the wool balls shed at all? I’ve been eyeing them for years but never bit because I live with my mother and she has severe wool allergies. I don’t want to accidentally give her a full-body rash and swollen eyes.
@Thumperchick When we had about 15-20 large banquet-sized tablecloths to de-wrinkle, after washing, we put 3-4 hand (or kitchen) towels tightly rolled up in 2-3 strong rubber bands (resulting cylinder about 3-4 inches long by 1-1/2 inches in diameter) in the dryer, with 2-3 tablecloths at a time.
Carefully immediately removed the tablecloths when the cycle finished and quickly folded them lengthwise repeatedly, down to about 1-foot wide but leaving them long, but not folding perpendicular. We laid them out that way on a bed to cool. No ironing required! (Vs. hours of ironing if it hadn’t worked.) #MagicDeWrinkle
Wool dryer balls are nice because they help things dry more quickly and evenly, but you really need more like 6 for a normal America sized dryer. I never noticed them make clothes feel softer but Internet people swear by them.
I’m pretty sure the soap nuts are Stupid Bullshit when it comes to actually cleaning clothes. Overall, please cheese it on the useless hippie products, Meh. There’s probably some goodish hippie products you can find at a discount somewhere if you really want to flog them.
@RiotDemon I’m actually really surprised about the Popular Mechanics article. I’ve used dryer balls for years now and I don’t have an issue with static (which I actually did have with simple dryer sheets). I know that’s anecdotal (and I like to lean towards real data), but that is my experience.
@KristiLis@RiotDemon Mine too. I use white vinegar in the fabric softener container in the washer, then dry (almost) everything on the lowest possible heat setting in the dryer, with about 6 wool dryer balls. I use a dry sensor rather than a timed dry, and set it to “mostly dry” and not “completely dry” like most people do. Most fabrics will come out completely dry with no static. Sheets - especially fitted sheets, sometimes like to roll themselves up in a ball and stay damp inside, but I try to remember to stop the dryer half-way and straighten them out.
My biggest problem with the wool balls is that they are escape artists. I keep count as I take them out, and track down the escapees who have either rolled away or hidden themselves in a fold of sheet or inside a pillowcase.
If you disdain static like me, then move along. The dryer balls aren’t for you. They will leave your clothes super-static-icky. If all garments are 100% cotton you are probably good. But, if you wash and dry synthetic fabrics with your cottons, even just one synthetic object, then be prepared for a good dose of static.
We’ve tried safety pins attached to the balls and it did nothing.
Regarding dryer sheets… there are a bunch of nasty chemichals in them that are introduced into your clothes when you dry them in a damp hot environment. You then place them onto your skin for 23.5 hours a day. Not good IMO.
@LinnE We haven’t tried oils yet. At least not on the dryer balls… I read somewhere that getting them really wet reduces static. I also read something about a cachet bag filled with salt. The bag-o-salt sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I’ll mention the oil on the balls to my wife. I’ll try anything to rid the static cling. It’s terrible. (The undertones of this whole post is just-plain-wrong!)
“Prove it’s you. Where did we meet?”
The amplifier hummed to life again.
“In the laundry room. You had those ridiculous Clean Nuts. Where do you even find this stuff, Carla? Wait, prove it’s you - what happened next? After all, you can hear my voice, all I can hear is Joshua’s whale song.”
“I was so frustrated. Those things don’t work at all, the stains were all still there after I washed them. I just started throwing it all against the wall - clothes, nuts, balls - all of it. So mad.”
“I thought you looked adorable. I came over to give you a hug and cheer you up. I’m so glad you’re here, Carla - are you working with Joshua now?”
So far nothing much to report. The laundry washed with four Cleanuts does seem to be clean, that’s just one round with them, though. The dryer balls are kind of Meh - there’s still some static electricity after using them, the laundry is maybe slightly fluffier than without but I’m only using two balls - I may try more.
I did it, I pulled the trigger: Unassuming –glossy-puck. I’ve got two sets of nuts coming one for me and mom, what a good son I am… I’ve already got a 4 ball set of wool dryer balls and they seem to work pretty well, I’ll give mom all four of the wool balls because like an earlier poster said you need at least that many in the average load (Takes me back to Beavis and Butthead I said average load,haha ) Now that I’m thinking of it I should’ve just got her 4 wool balls for 12 bucks, the good ones off Amazon and just left the nuts alone, MEH you should be lucky I’m an idiot and sometimes love you guys and at least I’m consistent with bad decisions…