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Old 11-21-2014, 09:18 AM   #379
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Thank you all for your posts, I have been studying as I pick up my rv tomorrow. I'm a newbie first timer, so I'm sucking up all the hints & tips I can. Thank you again!
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:35 AM   #380
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Ummmm, read this thread and we won't all have to repeat it.
Alternatively, they can read this blog post below which will be a lot more efficient.

This thread is excellent but it's now approaching 370 comments long, which takes quite a bit of time and energy to read through. I have attempted to take the best of the small-space ideas from here and consolidate them into a giant linkpost (adding some of my own ideas in the process). Some of the referenced products I can't find links for, some get crummy reviews on the internet, and some are not strictly small-space (e.g., anything cast iron tends to get a veto from me). But most of what is here is now also there, in much shorter form, and I will continue to refine it in the future.

Any way to make this comment sticky and/or move the blog post link to the top of the thread? I have visions of people going, "Oh, geez, I can't believe I read through 400 comments only to find the summary I needed at the very end!!"


THE INTERSTATE BLOG: BEST OF "SMALL SPACE LIVING", PART 1: PRODUCTS

Thanks for all the ideas! I got some of my holiday shopping done this morning just be reading through this entire list (finally).
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Old 11-21-2014, 09:44 AM   #381
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Great idea, InterBlog!

XNewYorker, might make yourself a short list of ideas that particularly appealed to you to have at hand as you start looking around your new rig and figuring out how you want to set thngs up. Just a thought.

InterBlog, there are many cast iron fans on these Forums. Some of us have a need to carry a few pounds of it with us, and wouldn't be without it.



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Old 11-22-2014, 08:22 AM   #382
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Tide Pods

Having initially loved and posted here about these for travel, because they are so easy and space-economical, I will not be carrying them any more.

They don't tolerate temperature extremes well, sticking together and then ripping apart when you go to pull one out.

Thus, spilling the liquid within into the Pods bag, which can then spill onto other things if the bag is not quite upright. Ask me how I know this.....

I discovered this awhile ago, had not thought to post it til dropping gooey bits of partially dissolved Pods into my home washer this am, using them up.

If you are traveling for short periods, they may still work well for you, or if you have someplace to store your laundry items that is more climate controlled than the wet bath where I store mine.

I will be carrying homemade laundry detergent from here on out, as it is financially and spatially economical, and covers all laundry needs at all temperatures, but for "good darks", for which I carry a small bottle of Woolite Dark or some such similar product....whatever I have a coupon for.

For those who haven't seen this recipe, found online, going to find it and post it here for anyone who might be interested. I love it.


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Old 11-22-2014, 08:32 AM   #383
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Best Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 Box Borax
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
5 lbs Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
3 lbs OxyClean
2 bars Fels Naptha, grated.

All of these items are found in your laundry product aisle.

Mix all together, store in lidded container. Use 3 tablespoons or so per full load, a bit more if heavily soiled.


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Old 11-22-2014, 08:55 AM   #384
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Maggie, can one use this laundry detergent in a high efficiency (he) machine? Perhaps you know the answer - and thank you for sharing.

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Maggie, can one use this laundry detergent in a high efficiency (he) machine? Perhaps you know the answer - and thank you for sharing.

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Yes, that's what I have at home.

Some don't want the OxyClean, which you could leave out, but I have always loved it for its stain-removing and brightening properties......and, it was part of this original recipe.



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Old 11-22-2014, 09:08 AM   #386
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OxyClean is a gift from God!
We use it everywhere...
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:11 PM   #387
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Yep, I agree, Bruce.

With this laundry detergent, I no longer have to carry OxyClean to use as an additive.

Thinking about how to carry it in the Interstate, I have hit upon using the FoodSaver and doing a couple of one gallon bags.

They will stow easily like this, and be vacuum sealed away from moisture. I can pull one out and transfer to a ziploc bag as I need them.

I love my FoodSaver. One of the best space savers I have found.


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Old 11-23-2014, 10:59 AM   #388
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Instead of Fels Naptha (which i hate grating) I started substituting Ivory snow. I use the same measurement for the load. It works well. I use it in my HE machine.

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That's a good idea, Kate!

I dislike grating it, too, but really love the light, citrusy scent.

You can add some drops of orange essential oil, too, I have read, which would give the same fresh fragrance.

Some need or like unscented......me, I'm a light aroma girl.



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In our 'front loader' HE machine, the solids of this recipe don't work well.. instead, just add to the washer when you are ready to start the machine.
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I have a HE front loader, and put this detergent in the bottom of the washer when adding the clothes.

I believe that is where dry products are to go in front loaders, and is where I used to put OxyClean.


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Alternatively, they can read this blog post below which will be a lot more efficient.
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Actually, I figured out this morning that a I needed a dedicated blog post category for this topic, not just one or two summary posts, because I haven't yet scratched the surface of the optimization that we plan to do with our Interstate.

Here's a link to the post category. My second post features a lot of products (mainly kitchen and lighting) that were not referenced in this original forum thread.

THE INTERSTATE BLOG: SMALL SPACE LIVING TIPS

Thanks, and keep the ideas coming!
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