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    Default Re: Ingredients not found in South Africa

    Well, here goes my first experiment - the Laundry Sauce.

    Fels Naptha isn't available here, so I've substituted MAQ laundry bar. Also, seems like Borax isn't very popular here either - I went to 3 different supermarkets and eventually I found 1 tiny 100-gram bottle (that's about 3.5 oz, or just less than half a cup), for the equivalent of just over $1 (or about the cost of a loaf of fancy seed bread, or a quart of milk, for some context - straight currency conversion never gives a real picture). And a small tub of washing soda (500-gram, or 18 oz, or just about 2 and a quarter cups), for the equivalent of about $3. I'm going to try out a small batch, see how it works and I'll post a new thread regarding the substitutes.

    I'm thinking the borax might just be the snag here - with it being so pricey for such a small amount (about $2.40 per cup), it might not be worth the trouble. I will phone around various industrial/commercial cleaning companies, and try some of the factory outlets and see if I can find a larger amount of borax for a decent price. Although the washing soda isn't all that much better at about $1.40 per cup

    My current "commercially bought" laundry detergent is a concentrated powder that costs about $10 for an (advertised) 120 loads, so I might make out slightly better off, but not if I have to drive around any great distances looking for the darned borax -- I'll eat up any savings in petrol

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    Default Re: Ingredients not found in South Africa

    Hi GillespieZA I also live in SA (Limpopo) and finding Borax or washing soda is a nightmare! The best and cheapest option was buying it online from a company called The Soap Barnin Edenvale
    www.soapbarn.co.za
    Borax costs only R12.95 for 500gr and washing soda costs R19.95 for 500gr and their postage is very reasonable.

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    Default Re: Ingredients not found in South Africa

    The Dawn liquid has an ingredient that breaks down grease and oil. Perhaps you have a comparable one in South Africa. Maybe you can call a wildlife rehab and ask them what they would use for an oil soaked bird? Not sure how much it would cost to ship a bottle but there is a variety now that is "concentrated" so that might be your best bet for shipping.

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    Default Re: Ingredients not found in South Africa

    Hi gillespieZA, did you have any luck with using Sunlight Liquid? I am also searching for Dawn.

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