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Old 06-02-2016, 07:14 PM
 
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ARRGH -- MOD can you PLEASE change the thread title to "Washing" -- not "Washington"

Anyone do that….wash clothes with no detergent?

I'm thinking of trying that.
I mean…I'm an adult I don't' wear my clothes until they're "dirty", so maybe no detergent is needed.
A washing machine wash may be enough. I'll try that, for a few times.

I was going got say I'll try adding -- perhaps baking soda to the wash. But how much. If I'm going to add more than a 1/2 cup, I might as well just use detergent which would be cheaper.

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Old 06-02-2016, 10:54 PM
 
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You'd be better off making your own laundry detergent...or something. Even cloths which don't look dirty, are dirty. If you don't use some type of soap, detergent, they're going to smell funky, too. You'll notice a grime buildup after a time.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:35 AM
 
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All the effort to save ... 8 cents per load ...
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:18 AM
 
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You can in a pinch. Once I went to wash some clothes that weren't very dirty, just needed a little freshening up. I was out of laundry detergent and too late to run out for some. So, I tore the box apart, managed to get maybe 1/4 tsp detergent, ran through on normal wash, normal rinse. Everything came out fine!
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:00 AM
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Easy.
It is called "dry cleaning".
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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No, I wouldn't do it without detergent, store-bought or home-made. Even if they are not perceivably dirty, we all shed skin cells, sweat, wear perfumes, lotions, etc. that will leave lingering odors. A few years ago, in my efforts to save a buck or two on all the washing I did for my work clothes, I simply hung them up after wearing them and tried to get another use out of them before sending them to the wash. Although they weren't noticeably dirty that second time around, there was a stale smell that lingered from my scented body lotion. It's was bad, just had stale odor, like old perfume.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:10 AM
 
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Back before HE detergents and smarter rinse cycles many clothes had enough residual detergent that not only could you do this, but there would be suds in the water. With towels especially there could be enough of a build-up of detergent and fabric softener that they wouldn't wick moisture properly, and the wash without anything except bleach restored them.

Once clothes get odor it can be nearly impossible to get it out. I remember a couple of gym towels from my high school years that were simply impressive in engrained stench. Passing skunks used to genuflect to them.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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You can use a little dishwashing liquid instead of commercial laundry detergent (and I do mean "a little" -- it suds more than laundry soap).


Dish soap removes grease/oils and is far cheaper than laundry detergent anymore.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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You can use a little dishwashing liquid instead of commercial laundry detergent (and I do mean "a little" -- it suds more than laundry soap).


Dish soap removes grease/oils and is far cheaper than laundry detergent anymore.

Funny, just last week, I had someone mention to me that she did this for her husband's clothes since he works as an auto mechanic.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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Funny, just last week, I had someone mention to me that she did this for her husband's clothes since he works as an auto mechanic.
I use dish soap to pretreat grease stains. Get the fabric nice and lathered, and let it sit for an hour to really work. Saved a tank top recently when I dumped a whole slice of peanut butter toast peanut butter down on my shirt in a painkiller fused haze the day of my hand surgery....which I promptly took off, and then let sit for a few days in the hamper.

What a mess. Then I forgot and laundered it without treating....and dried it in the dryer. Perfect storm for ruining a shirt. Lathered it up using this cool little Tide stain buster electric scrub brush (which I wouldn't have used if I had two good hands)... And I'm wearing it right now, no stains...
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