Earlier this summer, I posted about how I was going to stop using laundry detergent. Since, apparently, just the mechanical action of the washing machine is enough to get all but the dirtiest laundry clean. Detergent isn’t even necessary.
Well, I stopped. Cold turkey. (Except for cloth diapers. I felt those qualified as really dirty.) That was back in May. I’m still not using laundry detergent for the most part. It seems to work just fine. My clothes don’t smell. At all. No detergent smell even.
I haven’t had any increase in the stains in my clothes. I had some stains that didn’t come out with detergent, and there are some that don’t come out still, but no difference. In fact, I’m more diligent about rinsing my clothes with water as soon as something spills on them now.
The only thing I have started using detergent on again are my kitchen towels, which are generally washed with my other towels. I use my kitchen towels to wipe up food and spills and clean the table in the kitchen. They get pretty dirty (ok, filthy). I found without detergent they were starting to smell. So, for me, kitchen towels fall into the heavily soiled category of laundry that needs detergent.
I definitely plan on continuing. Not only is it green not to put anything down the drain, it saves money not having to buy or make laundry detergent. Win-win.
Do you use laundry detergent? Ever considered not? Do you think I’m crazy? (It’s ok, I get that sometimes. :) ).