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Washing without detergent

I read somewhere about this anonymous guy working at a detergent producing company.
He said that we're overusing detergents when washing our clothes. That for most of our laundry pure water will do the trick more than well enough and only for the more heavily, I-kinda-rolled-in-the-mud-playing-with-the-dog dirtied clothes we will need some detergent and even then we need to use less than the box suggests.

I've started to reduce the amount of detergent I use but I haven't yet gone cold turkey.

Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? Will I be causing an epidemic soon or just save $ and the earth?
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I use less than the recommended amount but I personally wouldn't go detergent free. I like to wash most loads in cold water, I feel like it helps them last longer, and I don't think they would really get clean washing them in cold water alone. It would be interesting to see some research on this.
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I think you need something to remove the oils etc from clothes. I make my own though which is cheaper and no nasty chemicals.


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I make my own though which is cheaper and no nasty chemicals.


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Washing without detergent

There are heaps of recipes online. This is the one I use but I can't remember where it came from.

1/2 cup bicarb soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1 cup washing soda
1/4 cup sea salt
1 cake of soap, finely grated.
20 drops, lemon essential oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large jar. Add a silica gel sachet to help keep it dry (if you have one. We live in the tropics and it didn't help much. The powder goes into a big lump but it's easy to scrape up.) Use a scant 1/4 cup per load.

I grate the soap with a microplane but I believe you can also use a heavy duty food processor if you have one.


ETA: here is where I got it from http://www.practicallyfunctional.com...-laundry-soap/

I don't use Dr Bronners soap as it is more than $6 a cake here. I use Sunlight soap which is $4 for a box of four cakes.

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