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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:10am
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I did not want to buy cafiza or other coffee cleaner to just to do laundry. So, I just spent some time googling the ingredients in Cafiza Espresso Cleaner and it turns out you can use Oxiclean for the first active ingredient 20%, laundry detergent for the 2nd 5% and washing soda for the last 5%.  I am going to presoak some of my tan (was white now coffee stained) coffee rags.  Then I will probably do a bleach wash.

disodium carbonate, compound with hydrogenperoxide (2:3)

sodium dodecylbenzenesulphonate,

sodium carbonate

 
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:46pm
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Coffeenoobie Said:

Oxiclean...20% + laundry detergent...5% + washing soda...5%...

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...the other 70% ???

 
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 2:29pm
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emradguy Said:

Coffeenoobie Said:

Oxiclean...20% + laundry detergent...5% + washing soda...5%...

emradguy Said:

...the other 70% ???

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Elbow grease.

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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 2:30pm
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No idea, but those are the active ones off the MSDS sheet.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 3:59pm
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Nice Len, thanks :-)  That was amusing (seriously).

Helen, please let us know how it goes. I have a few towels that could use some real treatment as well.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 4:13pm
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Those products are in my laundry room.  It is worth doing anyway.....

 
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 2:54pm
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I never had much trouble with whites till the espresso fever started last year.  A bleach load every so often was enough to keep my towels and sheets on the white enough for me side of the color scale. Probably not blindingly out of the package white but clean looking.  The coffee rags and towels never seem to look clean after a while without an intense bleach soak.  I am not fond of doing that.

My best friend swears by Oxiclean so I have some on the shelf just never used it much.  My oxiclean is old but it seems to be foaming up.  I am soaking some rags and towels in it now for a few hours then I will wash normally with all 3 items in the wash.  I did a clean but stained cloth, a freshly stained cloth, one with color trim on it.  Also some towels and socks to round out a load. I should have marked the 2 cloths to tell what was old and what was new staining.  Oh well, next time.  They are presoaking now, I will probably do that for a few hours before I wash with all 3 items.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 2:56pm
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Oxiclean is Sodium Carbonate that has has O2 added to it by exposing to peroxide. Washing soda is Sodium Carbonate  only and it is getting very hard to fine where I live, it used to be on every store shelf but now it is gone, replaced by Oxi Clean. There is a source for it though, I had a hard and long search for it when I need pure Sodium Carbonate. Go to a swimming pool store and pick up some Soda Ash, it is 100% Sodium Carbonate, just a different name.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 3:14pm
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Last time I checked, I can still get arm and hammer washing soda at my local stores.  Good to know if I get in a bind.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 3:18pm
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thanks Wayne.

So, Helen, how did they come out?

 
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