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Old 02-07-2013, 11:00 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Thanks for the info, GG. I'll have to give it a try.

Skeeters love me! Argh! We don't get many here normally thank good goodness!
I thought it had to do with blood type, but googled it and sure enough it seems that type O people are more likely to be bitten. I'm B- and my DD is B+ and neither of us attracts mosquitoes, seldom get bitten. We can be in flea infested houses and if there is any other warm blooded critter around, we will only know there are fleas if we see them or see the bites on others. We're a last resort. When she moved out and took her cats I found out there were fleas in the apartment. I put out Borax and never saw a flea again.

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:17 PM   #12
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Well, I'm type A+ so who knows.

We always use boric acid in the carpets when we have pets. We buy it in a big tub at Home Depot.
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I too use vinegar for a softener as needed, but I prefer my towels with nothing because they absorb better. I don't like wasting my precious vinegar that might be needed elsewhere.

I can't tolerate much of the perfumes added to laundry, soap, and any cosmetics (which I don't use) but I really do like those facial wash clothes if I can get them unscented. While the Bounce is very scented...I think the fact the bugs are bugging me makes my tolerance to the Bounce scent higher. LOL I wouldn't be able to tolerate the scent if I wasn't in the outdoors.

I hope you didn't take that to mean I don't use soap...jI ust don't use cosmetics cause it bothers my eyes. I make my own body soap too...and the only scent I use is tea tree oil. I use it in my yearly batch of laundry soap and a slight amount in my hand soap.

I've heard that balls of aluminum foil placed in the dryer works as a softener/static cling tool. I certainly wouldn't want to try it out except on towels or sheets...but it might work.
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The only thing I can see that vinegar would do as a softener is removing detergent or other residues. I use vinegar for a lot of things. It will clean car grease off walls; it was fresh car grease and if it's been around a while I don't think it would work. Baking soda in a drain followed by vinegar can help keep it draining. I need to clean my shower head with vinegar. I use it to clean coffee pots. I have a spray bottle of water and vinegar that is my first go-to for cleaning up lots of things. AND it helps get rid of the smells I don't want to smell. If I'm turning into skeeter bait, I think I'd be able to live with the dryer sheet smell just fine.
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