Soap residue in laundry and age of eggs

I have been making my own soap, cleaner, etc. but, one very big problem I have and I hope you can help me. I buy lots of used items that has been washed with perfumed soap. We can not handle the smell! Do you know a way to get it out? I have tried every thing I can think of.

I don’t know if this is of any interest but, on the age of eggs we used to live next door to a gal and her father used to either have an chicken farm or he just dealt in selling eggs to stores but, she said her dad said eggs were a month old by the time they got to the stores.

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I am familiar with that smell. So is my family. A long time ago, my sister, Sue, who has a son a year older than my youngest son, David, used to send David her son’s out-grown clothes. David liked getting them but always said “these clothes smell like Aunt Sue!” and wanted me to wash them before he’d wear them. I washed in homemade soap and hung the clothes out to dry on the line. Mine smell like sunshine and wind so I can understand not liking perfumed detergent and dryer sheet smells! What I did was to wash them in my regular soap, then hang them outdoors for 48 hours. They always smelled MUCH better. A repeat washing took away all perfumed smells. My friend, Lisa, at the magazine, says she handles the perfumed smell by washing the clothes in a washer with a couple of Tbsp of TSP (available at hardware stores for cleaning) added. She washes her clothes with Charlie’s Soap (

Yep, store eggs are NOT fresh! That’s why they’re so easy to peel for hardboiled eggs! Couple that with knowing the conditions most commercial chicken factories house their hens in sure makes free-range home-raised eggs a blessing! — Jackie

True Gold sweet corn seeds

Where did you get the sweet corn — True Gold/Country — or maybe it was just field corn?

Ron Roby
Bonham, Texas

I got my True Gold sweet corn seed from Seed Dreams in California. I Googled online and found additional sources, including Garden Goddess and Peaceful Valley. This is a worthwhile “more modern” open pollinated variety that is becoming harder and harder to find commercially. — Jackie