The next time you do laundry, don’t use any detergent. When the washer agitates, you will see suds. Wash without detergent again, and you will still see suds. Your clothes are full of detergent, and every interior surface of your washing machine is coated with detergent, too.
I haven’t used any detergent in about a year and I’m never going back. The benefits are pretty amazing.
If you’re not up for going detergent-free, try cutting the amount of product you use in half. I promise: you’re not going to notice a difference except that you buy a lot less detergent.
You don’t need fabric softener, either. Add a quarter cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of softener. Vinegar aids in rinsing out the detergent and reduces static quite a lot. It kills odors really well. I used a ‘Downy ball’ for the vinegar so I wouldn’t have to catch the rinse cycle. Easy and efficient!
Now, all I use in my laundry is white vinegar. I add ½ to 1 full cup of white vinegar at the beginning in place of detergent. My clothes are clean and soft, and smell like clean clothes. Vinegar even does the job on my athlete teenager’s sports uniform. I was really skeptical there, but I swear by “just vinegar” now.
After ditching laundry products and other perfumed products, I discovered an unexpected benefit:
Now, when I go out in public I can smell everything. The perfumes and chemicals in detergents and other products hang around a person like a cloud of fumes. I didn’t realize I had such dulled senses until I quit all that stuff! As far as I’m concerned, white vinegar is the holy grail of household chores.