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Post# 679179   5/13/2013 at 19:46 (1,596 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Does anyone else have memories of cleaning products that worked well and that you loved, but which are not available any more? It seems that anything I learned to use when I was younger is NLA or MIA or any of those other acronyms that mean you're SOL.

Each item on my list filled a purpose that nothing today does quite as well. Here goes:

- Original Spic 'n Span. Yeah, they still make the powder, but it's now another scent, not the "clean on steroids" smell the product used to have.

- Oxydol. I use today's Oxydol, but I snort every time I look at the box and see the words "Original Scent." Obviously, no one at the company making Oxydol today ever got a whiff of the original.

- Miracle White. My sainted paternal grandmother, Mama Mac, swore by this stuff, and for excellent reason. She could take the grimiest sneakers and make them look like they just came from Thompson-Boland-Lee, the premier Atlanta shoe store when I was a kid.

- Original Pledge. Every Pledge formulation today is oily, not the "hard shell" finish of the original 1958 product, which was made until about ten years ago. It was especially great on hard plastics, like portable TVs and stereo turntable covers. They'd be shiny as new and would repel dust for a long time.

- Glo-Coat. Absolutely wonderful on VCT flooring. Future is still around, and it's an excellent product, but it's just not the same, somehow.

- S-O-Ettes. These were blue foam pads with a thin layer of SOS Pad bonded to one side. You could scour without tearing up your fingertips - or manicure.

- Electrasol. Chock-full of lovely, wonderful, deadly efficient phosphates, so that you never, ever had to worry if the dishes were coming out clean. Well, not unless you had am impeller machine, anyway.

- Texize Dish Detergent. Dawn can't compare to the grease-cutting ability this stuff had. If your hands came out of the dishwater looking like you boiled them along with the lobsters - well, cleanliness always comes at a price.

- Soilax. We used to wash walls at least once a year. Why? Well, you've seen people smoking on Mad Men. Except that Mad Men shows about one-one-hundredth of the smoking that actually went on at that time - my high school had a student smoking area. I can't tell you how popular sandalwood tan walls were for living rooms then. The color hid everything until it was time to get out the Soilax again.

What are your late, lamented cleaning products? And what was it that was so great about them? Have you found any substitutes? Enquiring minds want to know!

Post# 679183 , Reply# 1   5/13/2013 at 20:00 (1,596 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
And One I DON'T Miss:

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Original Comet with Chlorinol. Josephine the Plumber has a lot to answer for.

Why? Because Comet used to be about the grittiest substance known to Man. If you've ever seen a wonderful midcentury bathroom with a tub that looks like it's worn almost through to the cast-iron - or a Hudie ring-mounted turquoise Kohler sink you'd kill for in good shape that is worn down to the cast-iron - you're almost certainly looking at Comet damage.

Sadly, today's bathroom cleaning sprays like Kaboom! and Scrub Free hadn't been invented yet, and Comet was the only thing most people knew about that would cut bathtub ring. A very few enlightened folks knew about Bon Ami, with its feldspar polishing abrasive, but most people thought it was just another cleanser, and weren't those Josephine commercials cute?

Today's Comet (and Ajax) use a different abrasive, and aren't nearly as damaging as the old, pumice-based stuff. But while Comet was Comet, it was tearing up good porcelain like nobody's business.

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Post# 679191 , Reply# 2   5/13/2013 at 20:15 (1,596 days old) by ptcruiser51 (Boynton Beach, FL)        
Kleen & Shine

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Or maybe it was Klean & Shine. Great job on everything! Also smelled like 7-up.

My sister bought a case of it when she heard it was going out of manufacture. We split it, lasted us about five years.

Linit liquid starch (for curtains).

Post# 679197 , Reply# 3   5/13/2013 at 20:25 (1,596 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
I Forgot!

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When I mentioned Glo-Coat, I forgot to mention the best way to put a thin, even layer of the stuff down on the floor - the Fuller Brush wax applicator.

It was a metal handle the length of a mop handle; it had a clamp-on pad that had a gazillion little fibers sticking out of it - something like velvet, only much heavier and bristlier.

You could put Glo-Coat down with a regular mop, but it was never as even. If you used the Fuller Brush applicator, you got the deep, even luster the Big Three wax brands (Glo-Coat, Klear and Aero Wax) featured in their ad shots.

Sadly, Fuller Brush discontinued the product a couple-three years ago. Feh!

Post# 679201 , Reply# 4   5/13/2013 at 20:44 (1,596 days old) by mich (Hells Kitchen - New York)        

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I still use Electrasol & Cascade Complete with Phosphates ;)

What I really, really miss, is old-old Vintage ALL Powder (the stainlifter LOADED with Phosphates) I swear the stuff was Magic :)

Post# 679202 , Reply# 5   5/13/2013 at 20:47 (1,596 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        

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I still buy Linit liquid starch by the jug at Remke-Bigg's.


Post# 679205 , Reply# 6   5/13/2013 at 20:50 (1,596 days old) by cuffs054 (GA)        

Dane, you made me laugh (or was it cry). I bought my first new "lux" new car, a Chrysler New Yorker. Went to see Dear Ole Dad in FL at the height of love bug season. Wanted to show off and stopped to wash car in one of those DIY places. Guy next to me had some Comet said it was good to get rid of the lovebug carci. He was right. Got rid of bugs, paint and scratched the s**t out of windshield. Dad was "so" proud of his son...

Post# 679221 , Reply# 7   5/13/2013 at 23:29 (1,596 days old) by MixGuy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Glass Wax

Used Glass Wax on Barclay tile, and chrome appliances, helped make polished stainless steel look new too.

Post# 679224 , Reply# 8   5/14/2013 at 00:11 (1,596 days old) by AutoWasherFreak ()        

Janitor in a Drum and Spic and Span powder

Post# 679233 , Reply# 9   5/14/2013 at 01:51 (1,596 days old) by fido (Hungary)        

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This was not so long ago, perhaps 15 years but I bought a small tub of a pink paste called "So Easy Your No. 1 Enviromentally Friendly Multi Purpose Household Cleaner"
(yes, the miss-spelling of environmentally is as copied from the tub). I don't normally buy from cold callers but this chap demonstrated the stuff on my corroded brass door knocker, which came up like new. I lived on the sea front at that time so everything was constantly blasted with salty spray. I've never seen this product in any shops but the manufacturer, E M P Howe Products appears to still exist.

Post# 679242 , Reply# 10   5/14/2013 at 03:36 (1,596 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I'd forgotten all about Spic & Span powder. My mom used it quite often, and it did have a powerful scent!

Post# 679246 , Reply# 11   5/14/2013 at 04:06 (1,596 days old) by washer111 ()        
Any Phosphated Products!

Whilst not all of the stuff over here has lost the stuff, the reports of lost cleaning ability (even in soft water) are horrid. Despite our soft water, 10-30% Phosphated Finish is still great (It was still full of STPP as of early 2012).


Most laundry detergents (However) are no longer phosphated, as they obviously represent like 99% of the washing up market - and the greenies despise the stuff. "Radiant" detergent still has Phosphates, is low sudsing and is working for me so far. With the water so hard here, you need it, unless you soften it like us.


Powerful drain and toilet cleaners are missed, as are "septic tank cleaners" that you could clean everything with (That were probably very nasty), but kept drains, sinks, laundry's etc clean, and your septic tank/grease traps cleaner. I've heard stories about stinking septics being clean and functional after the use of that stuff. Its not made anymore, unfortunately. 

Post# 679256 , Reply# 12   5/14/2013 at 05:29 (1,595 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
And Oh, Yeah....

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Oven Gard!

Before there were self-cleaning ovens in my life, there was Oven Gard, a Drackett product that you sprayed onto the liner of a clean oven. It was colorless.

It was some sort of coating, possibly silicone-based, that made oven grime wipe away without use of oven cleaner - the crud would not stick to Oven Gard. While it did not eliminate oven cleaning altogether, Oven Gard sure minimized it.

I think cheap continuous-clean ovens killed the product off - for a while, continuous-clean was so ubiquitous that conventional-clean ovens became hard to find if you didn't want a self-cleaner. Thankfully, everybody got wise to continuous-clean, eventually; it pretty much seems to have gone the way of the Edsel and the 8-track.

Post# 679257 , Reply# 13   5/14/2013 at 05:42 (1,595 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Mama complained that when they changed the formula of Wisk that it was never as good. Said it was strong and would burn your skin if you got some on you and didn't rinse it off thoroughly. Our family owned a construction company and although my dad was not a carpenter he was out on the job sites a lot and would perspire. His shirts went to the cleaners, but not before the ring around the color got a dose of Wisk. She said the same thing Sandy said about Future being ok, but it is not as good as Glo Coat.

Post# 679259 , Reply# 14   5/14/2013 at 05:58 (1,595 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I miss LaFrance and Blu-White powdered laundry bluing.  So much easier to clean up if any was spilled.  Also miss Axion, and original P&G BIZ.  Extra strength Comet in the red can.  Original Oxydol & Tide formulas. 

Post# 679263 , Reply# 15   5/14/2013 at 06:29 (1,595 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
No Bugs My Lady shelf paper and

That great wax that killed bugs, When I was a kid, most people did not have ac, or at least very few did, I remember how bad gnats and flies were, that wax was so good if any kind of bug got on the floor, it would be dead in a few minutes, the same with the shelf paper, you never worried about spiders or ants, they were dead before the got into anything.I wish I could remember the name of that wax!

Post# 679267 , Reply# 16   5/14/2013 at 07:25 (1,595 days old) by Westie2 ()        

That stuff was great for oil spots on things and also getting our ball point ink.  Mom used it on our dry cleaning stuff befoe going to the do it your self dry cleaners.

Post# 679272 , Reply# 17   5/14/2013 at 08:17 (1,595 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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I probably miss Glass Wax and the original Ivory liquid detergent the most.

Post# 679273 , Reply# 18   5/14/2013 at 08:26 (1,595 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The powdered Spic 'n' Span! My grandma had a box of it in her cleaning supplies cabinet!

Along w/ her big box of Tide by the washer which always made her laundry area smell good!

-- Dave

Post# 679279 , Reply# 19   5/14/2013 at 08:41 (1,595 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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I miss Grease Relief and Aero-Wax. 

Post# 679280 , Reply# 20   5/14/2013 at 08:49 (1,595 days old) by aamassther (Hendersonville, NC )        

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I miss Lux dish washing liquid, Bowlene powder toilet cleanser, Miracle White, and the original Lestoil.
We used Lux in our bath water as kids, I still remember the scent in the bath. Great for dishes too.
Bowlene would get the rust off of anything in seconds flat.
When Miracle White had phosphorous in it, it was great in our hard well water, kept clothes from looking yellow.
When Lestoil had petroleum solvents in the formula it was great for anything greasy and dirty. We used it to get collar stains out before the advent of Spray N Wash. Oh yea, there's another. I miss the original Spray N Wash too.

Post# 679294 , Reply# 21   5/14/2013 at 10:42 (1,595 days old) by dirtybuck (Springfield, MO)        

It was called Freewax, and we used it somewhat religously on the den floor in our house in El Paso. I remember on a trip to KC in the 70's, my dad was looking for it to tell my aunt how it got rid of and killed bugs (very good on roaches), but no such luck in finding it.

I also miss the original versions of Dash, Bold, and Cheer. I really liked the scent Cheer had and the way it cleaned (especially whites).

In dish liquids, who remembers white Ivory Liquid and the "it even whips" commercials? Oh, the pranks we used to pull with that stuff. There was also Peach Thrill ("it leaves your hands with a peaches and cream complexion"), Swan, Chiffon and Lux Liquid.

One item I completely DESPISED was Janitor In A Drum. The scent was God awful and always gave me a headache.

Post# 679296 , Reply# 22   5/14/2013 at 10:47 (1,595 days old) by suds14 (Pittsburgh)        

The 2 products I miss most are LaFrance and orignal April Fresh Downey.

Other products I miss Dash in the red box, top job, origial spic & span in the box, Ivory shampoo.


Post# 679308 , Reply# 23   5/14/2013 at 12:11 (1,595 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Original Wisk.  I liked the scent and consistency of it.


I still buy Spic & Span powder, even though it's not the same as the original.  Since his stroke, Dave has occasional "containment" issues and I like S&S because there's no need to rinse.  I recently found liquid S&S at the 99c Only Store.  It has a couple of different scents.  At that price I couldn't pass it up.  I think it's not being accepted by the average consumer because the orange coloring of the liquid takes on a brownish tint when mixed in a bucket that's any color other than white. 


Re: Future, I remember my cousin used it on her vinyl floor covering back in the 70's and it caused immediate yellowing.  She complained and got new floor covering free of charge.

Post# 679320 , Reply# 24   5/14/2013 at 14:10 (1,595 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
One I really miss

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Original Finish powder. Not the crap out there today but the old formulation made by Ecolab.

Post# 679321 , Reply# 25   5/14/2013 at 14:20 (1,595 days old) by whirlpolf (Germany)        
Mop Mate by Amway

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Just love it. Nothing comparable here. The smell is just so "janitorial", it reminds me of school buildings (without the grumpy janitor alongside): Soapy yet wax-like in a way. Somewhat "bluish" just by the smell, yet so ozone-like and glassy (hard to describe smells though).

The ease of use, the shine it gives. It was worth every DM Pfennig (back then), every EU cent (now as it can't be had anymore).
Where can I get some?

Post# 679352 , Reply# 26   5/14/2013 at 16:44 (1,595 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
I'm with Kevin313!!!!

REAL Ivory Liquid!!! Stuff sold today is NOT the same, either "ultra" or regular.


Post# 679387 , Reply# 27   5/14/2013 at 19:25 (1,595 days old) by teknikleespekng ()        

Spic N Span powder. My Mom used that all the time. Nice scent and no real need for rinsing. I use Spic N Span in the bottle.

Glass Wax. I still have 1/2 a can. Bought it about 15 years ago. Wanna laugh? In the winter I have used it to stencil my windows. I used a stenciling sponge with a little glass wax and held the stencils on the window. When the holidays were over I would just buff it out :)

Wisk. I agree the new formula is caustic. I bought a bottle about 8 years ago and it took the silk screening off of one of my son's shirts. ATE RIGHT THROUGH IT. Needless to say I returned the bottle for a refund.

I also miss standard formulas. I cant stand these concentrated formulas - especially when washing dishes by hand. I can find regular Dawn in a little bottle at Walmart, but I regularly use Ajax with Lemon.

Post# 679419 , Reply# 28   5/14/2013 at 23:14 (1,595 days old) by xpanam (Palm Springs California )        
Sani-Flush and Finish

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whirlykenmore78. Are you talking about the Finish that had a list of approved DW manufactures? It went from the top to the bottom of the box. And was a blue and white power. I am not surprised that Sani-Flush is gone. Dose anyone know what was in that stuff? When you put it in the toilet it look like the water was boiling.

Post# 679430 , Reply# 29   5/15/2013 at 01:16 (1,595 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        
Anyone remember

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"Big Walley"
God only knows what it had in it... They didn't tell us then, it was in a can and sprayed out a foam.
It was a red whie and blue can, with a cartoon character of a muscle man.
The slogan was " takes off the dirt, and leaves the paint"

Post# 679433 , Reply# 30   5/15/2013 at 01:40 (1,595 days old) by stan (Napa CA)        

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Mis spelled "Wally"

Post# 679441 , Reply# 31   5/15/2013 at 05:54 (1,594 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Another toilet cleaner that I miss is Vanish Crystals.  It had a very sanitary smell and was also approved for hospital use.  It was made by the S.C. Johnson Co., Racine, WI. 

Post# 679448 , Reply# 32   5/15/2013 at 07:30 (1,594 days old) by twinniefan (Sydney Australia)        
My list

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1.Flash powder cleaner.
2.Ezi-Kleen spray on cleaning foam.
4.Bon Ami.
5.Air-O-Zone air freshener.
6.Frend pre-wash stain remover.
7. Phase 2 Torrent laundry detergent.
8. All the old large size boxes of laundry detergents,damn these concentrates.
9. D.X. disinfectant.
10. R.M. Gow's laundry detergent.
11. Care laundry liquid.
12. White Snow powder cleanser.

Post# 679452 , Reply# 33   5/15/2013 at 08:20 (1,594 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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While I can't say whether Bon Ami is still distributed in Oz, it's still very much available here in the States.

And a damned good product it is, too.

Post# 679494 , Reply# 34   5/15/2013 at 12:33 (1,594 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I had forgotten about so many of the products mentioned here. I miss Texize products. There was a Texize plant in Greenville, SC about 35 minutes from here.

Post# 679497 , Reply# 35   5/15/2013 at 12:55 (1,594 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Texize is still around - they just don't make consumer products any more. Their product line is now strictly commercial cleaning supplies and hospitality industry products. They sold off all of the consumer brands a long time ago, and some are still made by the purchasers. I saw Janitor in a Drum at Dollar General only last week, though I have less than no idea if it's still the same formula Texize made.

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Post# 679528 , Reply# 36   5/15/2013 at 15:59 (1,594 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        
Boiling clean with Vanish!

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Am I the only one who remembers that Vanish jingle?

I used it up in the 1990s. One of the last cans I bought was solidified into a lump. I called the S.C. Johnson 800 number and the lady (who had a charming Wisconsin accent) made an adjustment without any argument...can't remember whether it was a refund or a free coupon. Not too long after that it stopped being available. I wonder if a short shelf life is one of the reasons they stopped making it.

I also miss the blue All-Tempa-Cheer, Fab in the blue box with Lemon Freshened Borax, and the short-lived Clorox detergent from around 1990.

Post# 679530 , Reply# 37   5/15/2013 at 16:17 (1,594 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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And what happened to PUNCH Laundry Detergent?

-- Dave

Post# 679580 , Reply# 38   5/15/2013 at 19:41 (1,594 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Big Wally

I sure remember this product, as it was out when my cousin Kenny was about 11 or 12. When Kenny was little my Aunt Margaret called his private part "Wally" (she is from Scotland). Needless to say when this ad came on he got a red face.

Post# 679586 , Reply# 39   5/15/2013 at 20:04 (1,594 days old) by labboy (SD, CA)        
Original Clorox 2, Electrasol

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Loved the smell of original Clorox 2 powder. Also loved how it worked along with how great Electrasol worked.

While we're on it, were Electrasol and Finish powder the same just with different labeling? From what I remember they were both made by EL and were white powders. Just curious.


Post# 679629 , Reply# 40   5/16/2013 at 04:19 (1,593 days old) by vintagekitchen ()        
Sunrinse Downy, Fresh Start, the list goes on..

I always loved the smell of the yellow sunrinse Downy, and would pester mama to buy it instead of her usual april fresh. Now I get Sauvitel morning sun, which is close, but not quite the same.

Then there was my favorite aunt, who used Fresh Start, it was so cool, the powder in a bottle, and smelled so good! Its no longer available locally, and from what I have read it doesn't clean anywhere near as well as it did back then.

Real Oxydol, my other aunt's detergent of choice. That stuff just smelled clean! And it got everything in her house spotless. (She didn't believe in lots of different cleaning products. She used Oxydol for laundry, floors, bathtub, walls, woodwork, you name it. The only other cleaning products I ever remember seeing in her house were Swan pink lotion dish liquid, and Clorox bleach. Of course, there was always Snuggle fabric softener, because she liked the bear, lol) I use Kroger powder detergent, the one that comes in a bucket, it looks the same, with the blue and green granules, and smells almost identical, but not quite.

Swan pink lotion dish liquid, it smelled like fresh roses, mama and all my aunts used it. I loved how the smell would follow them through the house for a bit after they did dishes. Now I buy Palmolive pink, its very close, but the smell is not as strong.

Spray'n'Wash, the real stuff, before Resolve got ahold of the company. Gramma always had a stick of it on the dryer to pretreat with, and my favorite aunt always kept the aerosol can to pretreat with. The new Resolve formula smells different, the sticks look like deodorant instead of the classic cylinder, and neither the stick nor the aerosol seem as strong as they used to be.

I guess what I really miss are the smells of my childhood. I can always find a product that cleans as well, but finding a product that gives the same smells which I associate with clean, home, and comfort, that's the hard part.

Post# 679631 , Reply# 41   5/16/2013 at 05:24 (1,593 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

We miss Glass Wax too. The smell in the air while stenciling your windowa was one of the smells that just made Christmas special.

Sparkle glass cleaner. Available only in the upper midwest. We can't get it here in Houston. It really cleans a lot better than Windex.

Spic & Span powder. After all those years of advertising that "the power is released when you add water" you'd think it would still be around. It really did clean well and left a nice scent behind.

Post# 679651 , Reply# 42   5/16/2013 at 10:22 (1,593 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        

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Does anyone remember Soilax? My mom, grandma and aunts used to clean the oven racks with it. It must have been good...they insisted on using it.

Edit: Just read Sandy's post above more carefully. Guess I'm not the only one who remembers it...

Post# 679671 , Reply# 43   5/16/2013 at 13:42 (1,593 days old) by westingman123 ()        

This was one of my Mama's weapons in her war against dirt. Nothing, but NOTHING removed nicotine as thoroughly.

I personally miss the original Fantastic. Why the kept messing around with the formula, I shall never know. First, the manufacturer changed the smell, then the active ingredients, then they claimed to have returned to the original formula. As if we wouldn't know THAT was propaganda.

I also miss glass wax. A LOT.

Post# 679673 , Reply# 44   5/16/2013 at 13:59 (1,593 days old) by mr-maytag (Minneapolis, MN)        
Glass Wax

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I wasn't aware they quit making Glass Wax. I saw it not more than 5 years ago at a hardware store... In fact, I think I still have a can of it under the sink at the cabin.

Post# 679707 , Reply# 45   5/16/2013 at 18:39 (1,593 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

JANITOR IN A DRUM!!!!!  I was never able to sway my mother from her fave which was Top Job.  Does anyone remember the manufacturer for TJ?  Proctor and Gamble maybe?

Post# 679708 , Reply# 46   5/16/2013 at 18:56 (1,593 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Glass Wax Is No More, BUT -

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Gold Seal stopped making Glass Wax some years back, BUT - it is said they sold the formula to a company known as TR Industries, who changed the color from pink to yellow and changed the name to No-Streek Glass Polish (the label actually says "No-Streek Glass Wax Polish"). Ace Hardware stores carry it; $5.49 for an 8-ounce bottle:

Another alternative is Window Wax, a competing brand sold through Vermont Country Store. $12.95 for a 12-ounce bottle:

I find that the manufacturers of Soilax have replaced it with a product called SoilMax. Hopefully whatever changes were made to Soilax haven't degraded performance too much. I'm having a little trouble finding retailers, but that's what teh Googles are for, so perhaps those of you who want to try it can dig up a source. It is definitely available on eBay; here's a link:

Bloodhound Sandy strikes again!

Post# 679710 , Reply# 47   5/16/2013 at 19:20 (1,593 days old) by labboy (SD, CA)        

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Wasn't Soilax originally made by Economics Laboratories? They had so many great domestic and commercial products.

Post# 679712 , Reply# 48   5/16/2013 at 19:28 (1,593 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I think the Gold Seal company was sold to the Airwick Company in 1986. Gold Seal also made Mr. Bubble, Snowy Bleach and Glass Wax floor wax. I have no idea when Glass Wax was discontinued. But I sure do miss it.


Post# 679714 , Reply# 49   5/16/2013 at 19:41 (1,593 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Top Job....

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....Is in Dollar General's "$1" selection. However, I would doubt rather seriously that it's the same formulation it used to be - not at that price.

Post# 679716 , Reply# 50   5/16/2013 at 19:43 (1,593 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Soilax was an Ecolab product, correct.

Supposedly, so is the new SoilMax. I have not had any opportunity to check that out personally.

Post# 679740 , Reply# 51   5/17/2013 at 00:24 (1,593 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Most detergents

I miss the old formulas of most detergents that were avaliable in the '50's and '60's such as: Breeze, Oxydol, Cheer,Tide, Rinso Blue,Duz,Surf, American Family soap and detergent, Silver Dust, Fels Naptha. Low suds products such as: Salvo, Vim, All, Dash, Ad. Dishwashing products such as: Pink Thrill, Lux,Ivory,Dove. Fabric softeners that didn't smell like nasty flowers, baby powder or apples such as: Nu Soft, original Downy, and my favorite, Rain Barrel by Johnson & Johnson. No nasty perfume or fake smells, just clean. I don't use any fabric softners at all because of the odor.
Powdered bleaches such as: Beads-o-Bleach,and Snowy. Household cleaners such as: Liquid Handy Andy, Spic and Span,and Top Job. The only liquid that we had was Wisk in a metal can. I sure miss being able to buy these products. The detergent aisle was wonderful when I was a kid. I loved going down there and smelling all of the products and looking at the colorful displays and advertising. Mom used Rinso Blue, American Family detergent and Oxydol a great deal. She didn't like Tide because it was too expensive. Those wringer machines we had turned out some pretty clean laundry. The Thor and MW machines were not the best. The Maytag and Speed Queen were. Happy washing. Gary

Post# 679752 , Reply# 52   5/17/2013 at 04:38 (1,592 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

We have a big family and Mama had a clothes dryer as far back as I can remember.  She used the clothes line to finish up bath mats, tennis shoes, etc.  Anything that took a long time to dry in the dryer.  Jeans never went on the line because you did everything possible to keep them from fading.  My mother never used fabric softener for some reason!?!  Later on she used dryer sheets until our appliance man told her they could damage the  dryer.  In the early 1990's the hedge that ran the length of our property and the clothes line that was hidden out of view were both dug up to make way for the irrigation system that was put in.  I argued with my mother about that clothes line and she told me she was old and toting stuff back and forth to the clothes line was no longer on her list.  I threw myself on the bed and cried like a baby.  Not really, but my lip was poked out for a while.  I have to laugh now because I didn't live at home anymore.  I didn't pay the bills over there.  I was a real thorn in her side at times.       

Post# 679759 , Reply# 53   5/17/2013 at 06:08 (1,592 days old) by DaveAmKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I remember Big Wally!

And using it w/ a red cloth on a white wall, but it was strong enough to get the red off too (when I switched to a more proper, white cloth!)...

-- Dave

Post# 679761 , Reply# 54   5/17/2013 at 06:19 (1,592 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Original Wisk:

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Mama Mac was a fan of Original Wisk; she used it in conjunction with Oxydol for my grandfather's shirts. He worked for a clothing manufacturer in East Point, GA, and the company was located alongside railroad tracks, to facilitate shipments of clothing.

Since we're talking the un-airconditioned '50s here, his shirts would start out flawlessly clean and starched in the morning, and would be limp by afternoon, with serious collar rings from the trains' soot. Sometimes things would reach this state of affairs by lunchtime, and he'd change when he came home for lunch (you did not live in Mama Mac's house and grab a sandwich for lunch - she was the original hot lunch lady, often making a vegetable soup the likes of which I will never taste again *).

Anyway, she kept her wringer washer humming with hot water, Wisk, Oxydol and often Clorox in the original brown glass bottle. The fumes were enough to kill germs at twenty paces. The shirts were dazzlingly white.

She later bought herself a Kenmore 800 pair, and switched allegiance to Miracle White. My mom's habits of buying whatever detergents were cheapest on sale, and disdaining additives, made her cluck her tongue and snort.

* Not only did the recipe for the vegetable soup not survive, the vegetables in it were grown in the half-acre truck garden behind their house, resulting in a taste no store-bought produce could ever match. I am perpetually grateful to both Mama Mac and Papa for turning me into a vegetable lover; I cannot fathom today's young people, who would rather take a bullet than eat veggies.

Post# 679764 , Reply# 55   5/17/2013 at 06:42 (1,592 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Sta Puff

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I loved the scent of Sta-Puff. It smelled so fresh not like today's fabric softeners. I won't even think about using softeners.

And yes, the Original formulas of Cascade, Electrosol, and Finish.

Post# 679782 , Reply# 56   5/17/2013 at 10:47 (1,592 days old) by dirtybuck (Springfield, MO)        
"Duck" Toilet Bowl Cleaner?

What was the original brand name for that product? Also, is Tidy Bowl still being made?

Post# 698620 , Reply# 57   8/24/2013 at 13:56 (1,493 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I stopped at an estate sale today and picked up a nearly full 64oz jug of blue Sta-Puf fabric softener for 25 cents.  I love how the directions say that even if you miss putting softener in your rinse cycle you can pour 1oz into a washcloth or handtowel and toss it into the dryer with the damp laundry.  This bottle does have a UPC code on the back surprisingly enough.  

Post# 698643 , Reply# 58   8/24/2013 at 16:13 (1,493 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Smelly Stuff

With work, determination and help from Laundress I can compound most modern projects to clean sufficiently

I miss the "real" Joy before it became a bargain brand repository
I miss the light lemon fragrance and performance of Sears Laundry detergent
I miss the fragrance of Dash
I miss the scent and performance of original Wisk. I remember it in a round metal container with a red lid.
Most of all I miss All automatic dish washer detergent

Post# 698654 , Reply# 59   8/24/2013 at 16:51 (1,493 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I miss the old Top Job formula from the 60's and early 70's. I haven't smelled anything as clean since.

Post# 698853 , Reply# 60   8/25/2013 at 15:52 (1,492 days old) by bluecheer (Grover)        

Who could forget the scent of SALVO tablets and VIM tablets? I liked the smell of VIM better because it was a sweeter scent. To me, SALVO smelled like cheap perfume!

Post# 698870 , Reply# 61   8/25/2013 at 18:47 (1,492 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        

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Not so much to clean, but we used to dye it with food coloring and use stencils to make Christmas decorations on the windows - do any other Olde Fartes here remember doing that?

Post# 698881 , Reply# 62   8/25/2013 at 19:25 (1,492 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        

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Firedome - that's sounds like a creative idea - from a magazine or the stencil manufacturer? Anyway-

I tried finding the glass wax at three AceHardwares and none local to me carried it. But at last, the one in Cumming, GA. had it - $4.29, not the web price of $5.49. Have yet to try it.

danemodsandy: Thanks for mentioning Sandy -will be trying it out soon.


Post# 698889 , Reply# 63   8/25/2013 at 20:11 (1,492 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Tinting Glass Wax and stenciling it onto windowpanes for Christmas decorations was very popular in the '50s and '60s; the Glass Wax people even provided stencils for the purpose. Seeing the stencil promotion each year was one of the ways you knew Christmas was coming.

If you didn't care to use the stencils or go to the trouble of tinting Glass Wax, you could still do something Christmasy with it - a lot of people used it to simulate little snowdrifts at the bottom of each windowpane or frost riming the edges of each pane. All you needed for this was a sponge.

Post# 698924 , Reply# 64   8/25/2013 at 22:52 (1,492 days old) by retropia (Central Ohio)        

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We did the Christmas stenciling with Glass Wax when we were kids. We never tried tinting it, though.

It worked pretty well, unless the weather got super-cold outside and the windows would build up condensation on the inside, in which case your Glass Wax designs would melt.

Post# 698931 , Reply# 65   8/25/2013 at 23:44 (1,492 days old) by washlogic (virginia)        
Glamorene Rug Cleaner

Growin up, we had room-size rugs made out of wool that could not get wet. Before holiday season, parents would have the rugs picked up and dry cleaned. I remember they used to spot clean the rugs with this suff called Glamorene. Came in a jar and looked like wet sawdust. You sprinked it down, massaged it into the nap and let it dry. In about 20 mins, you vacuumed it up and carpet was clean. I recall that it really did work well.

Post# 698944 , Reply# 66   8/26/2013 at 04:11 (1,491 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
Our Rugs

Our rugs in the front hall and living room were wool also. Persia Rug Company would come pick them up clean them and bring them back. My mother also had that wet saw dust stuff and the fumes-ugh! The jar of spot cleaner was one of three different kinds of rug cleaner. They came packaged in a cardboard keeper with a handle. Mom would sprinkled the stand with the wet saw dust looking stuff, lightly work it into the fiber with a stiff brush and after it dried vacuum it up. I seem to remember the key was to treat the stain as soon as it was discovered. The man that owned Persia Rug Company was a friend of our family. Since my father was in the building business they did a lot of work together. Even after he retired and closed Persia Rug, he would come to the house and pick up those rugs to clean them.

Post# 699094 , Reply# 67   8/26/2013 at 19:07 (1,491 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Every year around the 15th of December out would come the Glass Wax stencils. Gold Seal had four or five different stencil sets. I think they were either $0.19 or $0.29 per set. And a set would last you several seasons before you would have to replace it. My mother was great at using the stencils to whip up some new designs.
Part of two or three and you'd have a new design. Look at Ebay and the stencils are still only a few bucks.

But the thing I remember most is the particular smell of the Glass Wax. With the reduction of VOC's nowadays I don't think they could have that today. But the entire house would smell from the Glass Was for a couple of hours after it was used. That smell reminds me of Christmas.

The way you applied the Glass Wax was to soak a sponge in water, then wring it almost dry. Then pour out some Glass Wax on a small plate and dab on the stencils to apply.

Post# 699106 , Reply# 68   8/26/2013 at 19:24 (1,491 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        
Here is a rarity..

I never ever saw Glass Wax in this format. It was always in a can to be spread with a sponge... I wonder if it smelled the same as the original did?

Post# 699201 , Reply# 69   8/27/2013 at 05:49 (1,490 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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Is the can of Glass Wax spray part of your "secret stash"?  One more thing to keep an eye out for when at estate/tag sales.  I know I've mentioned this before but 2 other products I truly miss are Blu White and LaFrance powdered bluing.  I've recently started laundering our communion linens at church.  The elderly woman who has been doing them doesn't pre-treat to remove the copious amounts of lipstick that some women seem to put on just before going up.  I'm alternating between Biz and a vintage box of Blu White along with hanging them on the clothesline.  The other women in our altar society have already noticed the improvement.  I pre-treat with Oxi Clean spray.

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Post# 699274 , Reply# 70   8/27/2013 at 14:44 (1,490 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

Unfortunately, that can is not part of our collection. At this time we only have about a years worth of phosphated DW detergent left. We use the new Cascade complete powder for normal loads and the older stuff for really dirty nasty loads. The Maytag 300 series DW handles everything just fine. We have out hot water tank set at 140F.

Post# 699394 , Reply# 71   8/28/2013 at 01:08 (1,490 days old) by Mixguy (St. Martinville, Louisiana)        
Dawn Power Dissolver

I sure liked that product, anyone know why if was discontinued? I missed it if it was posted before.

Post# 699738 , Reply# 72   8/29/2013 at 10:30 (1,488 days old) by Mich (Hells Kitchen - New York)        

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You can still find it, sold as "Dawn Grill Cleaner" at Home Depot & Lowes. Walmart here also still sells it, as well as Food Lion.

Post# 699855 , Reply# 73   8/29/2013 at 18:54 (1,488 days old) by imperial70 (******)        
Walmart Sells it?

The Walmart in our area is usually out of everything that isn't a food item these days. The selections are sparse as they try to emphasize their food line.

Post# 879005 , Reply# 74   4/29/2016 at 09:54 (514 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
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Who remembers Big Wally?  I don't think it's made anymore & I don't even know when its manufacture stopped...


I remember scrubbing a white wall in the house with it and using one of our red wash cloths by spraying a bunch of the white foam with it, going in a circle w/ the cloth, and then making a huge red streak...


Found a commercial for it & to me the label doesn't look like the one I remember:



-- Dave


Post# 879007 , Reply# 75   4/29/2016 at 10:04 (514 days old) by washerboy (Arkansas)        
I miss

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Lux: dishwashing liquid...I loved the smell when I'd help my mother do the dishes..I also liked it because it was pink..idk why

Peach Thrill: dishwashing liquid...loved the smell and it always reminded me of my favoriate aunt..I miss her and Peach Thrill

AJax...the "White Torando"

Dash: laundry detergent

Purex smelled like bleach but was different than clorox

Post# 879027 , Reply# 76   4/29/2016 at 15:25 (514 days old) by oldskool (Kansas City, MO)        
I miss...

Real Tide - the kind from the 60s that had a very unique fragrance

Blue Cheer 

Oxydol with green crystals - original scent



Post# 879110 , Reply# 77   4/30/2016 at 08:21 (513 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
re: Oxydol with green crystals - original scent

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What I remember most as a kid is my Mom using the old formula Oxydol and then hanging everything outside on the clothesline. Getting into bed at night with that wonderful aroma made me feel so safe & loved.

Post# 879174 , Reply# 78   4/30/2016 at 22:57 (513 days old) by mathewhebailey0 (port arthur tx)        

Anyone ever heard of Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products? I do know that the Lowe's in my area sells them. The company that makes the products is based in Racine,WI.

Post# 879183 , Reply# 79   5/1/2016 at 06:38 (512 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Persil scent

reminds me of the old Oxydol with the green crystals.

Post# 879196 , Reply# 80   5/1/2016 at 08:42 (512 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

Racine Wisconsin=SC Johnson...

Post# 879259 , Reply# 81   5/1/2016 at 18:28 (512 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I'm not sure I miss anything in the sense of "what a great product, and I wish I could still buy it and use it!"

But out of sentiment, I miss Cheer of ca. 1980. I know the name survives, but one assumes it's not the same product my mother used. The box certainly isn't the same. I also miss Fresh Start, another one my mother used for a period.

Post# 879264 , Reply# 82   5/1/2016 at 19:24 (512 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I miss spray Jubilee. You could put a shine on anything and just wipe it off and buff with an old towel quickly. It would make your vehicle shine like it just came out of the showroom. Many people used regular furniture polish to make their car or bike shine but Jubilee spray was wax and didnt melt off the first rain on your vehicle. Plus you could use it on the black trim that regular wax got into it and made a mess. If anyone knows if there is some anywhere, let me know, please

Post# 879267 , Reply# 83   5/1/2016 at 19:41 (512 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I think most would agree

Any of the products in the 50s and 60s were way better than anything made today, especially washing and dishwashing detergents.In my area, Super Suds was a big seller, but real Wisk in the old metal cans smelled and cleaned wonderful, that junk that purports to be Wisk today just doesn't cut it, it smells ungodly!

Post# 879307 , Reply# 84   5/2/2016 at 07:48 (511 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I'm glad that Stanley Home Products are still the same even though they're now owned by Fuller Brush.  I love using Degreaser for laundry pre-treating, and Try-It for general household cleaning.


Post# 881274 , Reply# 85   5/18/2016 at 02:37 (496 days old) by ilovewindex (Tualitan OR)        

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Trend or Rinso... I remember the big boxs and the smell
Surf from the 80's... Loved that Stuff
Purex when it came in a wierd shaped bottle
FRESH START was my favorite.. Just not the same now... In the Belt drive it went.. I made mom believe i was deathly allergic to tide every time she brought it home... (or any other laundry soap i hated, I also did this with BOUNCE as well)....

Cling Free Dryer Sheets.... I think they where the ones that where PINK and looked like foam.. They smelled so good

Publix Dryer Sheets on a Roll.. Another favorite of mine from the 80s to the late 90s, Publix had the best smelling dryer sheets

Spray and Wash... I tried to eat some as a kid..... It looked like snot, it was very bitter and yeah (I ate many chemicals unbenounced to mom, Im still here) you couldn't eat it... We called it PRAY and Wash...

We used whatever was on sale for Dishwasher soap or dish soap..I remember when sunlight gel and sunlight dish soap got confused in the Whirlpool Power Clean... Bubbles every where

Fantastick was always around, so was scrubbing bubbles and soft scrub... I don't remember how the floors where mopped.. Endust in a red can... Windex..

We always had very basic stuff, unless it was like Amway for the tile floors or something odd...

Oh and I remember she tried the first round of Eath friendly cleaners from Bi Lo in 1991... That whent over so well, they wound up ALL in the trash can a few weeks later

My actual mom was addicted to Pine Sol, Windex, Arm and Hammer, Snuggle, Shout, Ajax Dish soap and scrubbing powder, and Vinager/Water.... There where a couple odd things, but those where the main stays..

Post# 957433 , Reply# 86   9/13/2017 at 20:18 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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There was the Soft 'N' Fade for blue jeans that kept 'em from fading--I remember the commercial showing the pants marching themselves into the washing machine & coming out looking new...

Wonder if something like that is still around...

-- Dave

Post# 957447 , Reply# 87   9/13/2017 at 22:38 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Jubilee spray on to fluff and shine off. Plain old boxed powdered Tide that made me sneeze. Still use Ajax dish soap and Pine Sol. Use store brand windex now.

Post# 957729 , Reply# 88   9/16/2017 at 01:52 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Sani-Flush powder potty cleaner!Liked how it fizzed when put in-then the bathroom smelled so good!

Post# 957743 , Reply# 89   9/16/2017 at 09:27 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        
This is currently in my stash.

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The original Spray 'N Wash ©1982 from Texize.  Pic #2 has petroleum distillate listed as the first ingredient.

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Post# 957918 , Reply# 90   9/17/2017 at 21:08 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I will always miss Salvo, that was my all time favorite detergent. I also miss Sweetheart bath soap, it had a very lime scent and always had a clean feel when finished. Loved the stuff. Also miss the original Ivory dish soap.

Post# 957920 , Reply# 91   9/17/2017 at 21:31 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Am I recalling correctly, Sweetheart fabric softener?

Post# 957929 , Reply# 92   9/17/2017 at 23:13 by funktionalart (Phoenix, AZ)        

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Two standouts for me:

Tide Powdered Laundry detergent in the 60s. I sneezed every time I got near the box, but to this day, that smell is what I associate with REALLY clean clothes! We even used it to wash our hands after working on greasy car engines.

Johnson Future Acrylic Floor Finish: That acrylic bottled linoleum cleaner that I think has been gone from shelves since at least 1980. Or is it still around?!? Seems no one has lino floors anymore...but I used it constantly and loved the TV commercials with the camera staring up at that cool bottle on a bright white gloss linoleum floor.

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Post# 957951 , Reply# 93   9/18/2017 at 01:02 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I don't recall Sweetheart Fabric Softener, though I won't discount that they might have made something like that. From what I remember it was a fairly cheap bath soap, and all together just wonderful. I still remember the lime smell, it wasn't strong just clean smelling. My Grandmother used to buy it, I'm not even sure it was a strong seller across the nation, probably more regional. Haven't seen it in nearly 35 years.


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