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post #1 of 5 Old 01-20-2009, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Laundry Blue?

I hear of a lot of people using laundry blue to rinse their white or gray horses after a bath. What does it really do?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 08:20 PM
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I don't know about Laundry Blue... but blueing shampoos really do help brighten gray and white horses. I think it has to do with the way light reflects off of the hair shaft. If a white/gray looks yellowish then the blue "balances" it, for lack of a better word, because blue and yellow are complements when it comes to light. So basically blue light and yellow light make white. So put some blueing shampoo on a yellow stained horse and it will help make them white again.
Mixing Yellow and Blue Light

Be careful though, if it's left on too long your horse might get blue/purple socks :o
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 09:20 PM
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I use laundry bluing in a squirt bottle mixed with water to dilute it a bit. Squirt it on, leave it will you wash the rest of the horse then rinse. Your horse will be White as can be!!! I have a black and white Toniano Missouri Fox Trotter. Mostly like a charm!!! This is the ONLY thing I use. No bluing shampoo...I have never had success with this.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-21-2009, 09:28 PM
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I'm sure the laundry and shampoos work on the same principle... it's interesting the laundry kind works better. I'll have to experiment if I ever get a horse with socks :]
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-22-2009, 01:20 PM
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Where do you get laundry bluing? I have been looking for it for a while now and I can't seem to find it anymore in the local supermarket like you used to be able to.

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