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Jul. 29th, 2008 | 12:20 am
posted by: martygreene in pittsburgh

So, it seems that the old household standards are getting harder and harder to find. I guess I'm one of the few who still uses washing soda and Fels Naptha laundry soap to get things clean anymore.

Anyone happen to spot these anywhere recently? I've checked Geagle every time I go, and no luck. I'd like to not have to start buying this online, but if I must I must.

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West End Geek

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from: jtmulc
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
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Fels Naptha? That is a name I have not heard in ages past.

Google, however, places it at Lehman's and Ace Hardware.

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brian j. parker

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from: beeporama
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Nice userpic.

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Marty Greene

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from: martygreene
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
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yeah, I'd like to avoid Lehman's at all costs (their prices are insane!), and are there any Ace Hardware stores left in Pittsburgh?

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West End Geek

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from: jtmulc
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I think the one on Greentree Road is still there.

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Collecting Blues and Greens

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from: journalismgirl
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
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There's one in Wexford. Not Pittsburgh proper, but if they have it, it might be worth the distance.

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Wisenheimer.

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from: earthly_gnome
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
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What's washing soda?

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Marty Greene

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from: martygreene
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Sodium carbondate. Also known as soda ash. It's a wonderful laundry agent which is also very useful for other cleaning jobs.

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Chris Rapier

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from: rapier1
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Just get a tub of pHUp in the pool supply section of Home Depot or Target or whereever. Its the same thing. Or you can jusy bake some sodium bicarbonate at 450F for around 4 hours.

Also, I'd caution people about using washing soda. It can be very caustic with a pH of 11 and gloves should always be worn when using it. Obviously your milage may vary on that warning but that is the best practice for sodium carbonate.

Edited at 2008-07-29 01:47 pm (UTC)

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Marty Greene

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from: martygreene
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
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For me it's always in a blend of other items to create a new product (laundry soap, for example).

Is the pH-UP going to be priced equivalently? I know sometimes the same ingredients can be very different prices when for different uses.

Baking my baking soda would not be a very economical use of my natural gas, nor my baking soda I don't think...

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Chris Rapier

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from: rapier1
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Even in a blend you still have issues with handling the base product. A pH of 11 is nothing to sneeze at. Just advising some caution. As for the price differential, I have no idea. Like the bicarbonate its just an alternative source.

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hennethannun

Beauty or laundry isle?

from: hennethannun
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Hi, delurking to comment - which aisle were you checking? The last time I bought Fels Naptha at a GE, it was on a bottom shelf in the bath soap section rather than the laundry section. This was at the GE on McKnight Rd across from Borders. I think some of the GE stores carry it and some don't.

You could try this site, but it's "down for repairs":
http://www.thedialstore.com/store_na.html

Good luck finding yer soap! :)

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hennethannun

Re: Beauty or laundry isle?

from: hennethannun
date: Jul. 29th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
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(er, that should be "aisle" :P my bad.)

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Kris

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from: quiet000001
date: Jul. 31st, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Did you have any luck finding any? My mom has just suggested Fels Naptha as the best soap option for de-skunking and de-poision-ivy-ing dogs, and as we are about to go off into the woods for a week with two dogs, it seems a sensible thing to aquire. :)

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