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
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.
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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