Doing the Laundry
by Donna Schoenkopf
For a long time I have searched for an earth-friendly laundry detergent. I have dug through article after article on the Internet looking for something that would not hurt the grass and plants that I watered with the greywater from my washing machine. Everything either had some kind of salt or citric acid in it or some other ingredient that was harmful to green living things.
My grass turned a yellowish green, then orange. It became stunted. That poisonous water even shriveled the leaves of my redbud tree.
This went on for a couple of years. I kept on searching. (I AM a pitbull sometimes.)
Finally, FINALLY, I can say that I have found a solution.
I have stopped using any kind of detergent, bleach, bluing at all, and now I wash with plain water!
It took three times through the washer on succeeding wash days to completely wash the soap out of my clothing and sheets. Three times! My clear flexible vinyl drain hose lets me see exactly what is coming out of my washer. It has shown me not only the suds, but also the collection of some kind of muck (mildew?) that formed inside of that hose.
And here is the kicker: My clothes and sheets have NEVER been so white and soft and sweet. There are still stains from clay smears, but even bleach never took those out. And if there is a grease smear on a favorite blouse, I put the smallest drop of stain release on it and that solves the problem.
Laundry soap. Another corporate lie.