is your laundry still clean if you forgot to put in detergent?

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no, it's not. i learned this the hard way.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Sunday, 9 July 2006 19:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

also: if you buy your detergent from the 99p shop, and it is bright blue and turns into a thick scum on contact with water, your clothes won't be clean either.

again, this is the voice of bitter experience.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Sunday, 9 July 2006 19:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Scott has been known to put dishwashing soap in when we run out of laundry detergent. I do not.

Maria :D (Maria D.), Sunday, 9 July 2006 19:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yarr. i had already washed and dried everything. and i have evening plans, so i can't stick around for a couple hours to go through the cycle again (there are 2 washers for the whole dorm, and it's a weekend, so leaving it there is out of the question). guess i'll have to wear half-clean laundry for a couple days until i get around to it again. thanks for the input.

Maria (Maria), Sunday, 9 July 2006 19:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I go to this wicked, amazing laundromat that opened up right across the street from my building. I realized when I first washed my clothes there that my clothes were cleaner than I'd seen them in years - nothing was torn in the washers, either. It was great, but as I had only ever thought of clothes as being either "clean" or "dirty" before, my brain kept wanting to ask "so have I just been wearing dirty clothes?". In some "clothes/not-clothes" way, I guess I do think that to some extent.

Ricki Belloni (Pangolino 3), Sunday, 9 July 2006 20:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xxpost: I did this the other way around. Silly me. I actually thought something was wrong with the dishwasher so I called up the service guy (or whatever you call him). He gently but firmly told me:"But you put regular soap in the machine." I did? *checked the box* Oops.

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Sunday, 9 July 2006 20:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hehe no not clean
and loved the bath shower comment

panda may (panda_may), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i would say they're sort of clean - the washer's aggitation does a lot of the cleaning (depending on how good the washer is), but the soap takes out the oils/sweat/ETC and by that i mean i probably wouldn't be too keen on wearing the underwear. maybe.

my mom has one of those front-loading washing machines that aggitates and spins the hell out of clothes - i definitely noticed that my clothes seemed cleaner when i used that at christmas. and you're supposed to use half the soap you'd normally use. interesting. maybe it was partly psychological though.

rrrobyn sharkattack battleforcenet (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Threads like this need a new board.

ILI: I Live Incompetently

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there should be a thread on that board about how to clean a bathroom - e.g., Is Once Every Three Months Often Enough to Clean My Bathroom Which I Share with 3 Other People?? - because holy hell i have been in some shocking bathrooms. hint #1 - black/brown stains around fixtures, in toilet bowl. hint #2 - the smell of piss. hint #3 - no girls, anywhere.

rrrobyn sharkattack battleforcenet (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that said, i think these threads can only help the situation.

(i'm pretty sure that in my late teens/early 20s my bathrooms and kitchens were gross. at least by mom standards. because that's what she tells me. i was always pretty good at laundry though.)

rrrobyn sharkattack battleforcenet (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ewww! I do not even want to think about that bathroom rrobyn.

But, I would call that laundry "clean enough", if it were just my stuff getting washed and the water was at least warm.

We got one of those super-efficient front-loading washers about 2 years ago - sounds like a jet taking off when it spins up, but does seem to get things cleaner.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I read an article once that there's enough detergent residue inside most washers to do at least a decent cleaning job on a couple loads of clothes without adding detergent. There's also the environmental crazies that claim you can use baking soda or somesuch, but we all know there's no substitute for Tide.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have to use cold water to wash my clothes in the machine (the hot water hose has a leak somewhere, needs a washer I never got round to replacing). I've never found it to be a problem - I use cold water detergents like Cold Power and it seems fine. If I actually need germ-killing (eg the lad's hideously icky sox, or a bunch of grotty tea towels) then I'll soak them in hot water in a bucket and then do a normal wash.

Thinking of buying one of those new LG washer/dryer things tho. What could be better than a machine that washes and then dries your stuff for you all in one hit?

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Next time someone says that to you, take note of their smell. (xpost)

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

but we all know there's no substitute for Tide.

yeah, just toss your junk in the ocean

Rev. PappaWheelie (PappaWheelie 2), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

those washers' spin cycles make the house shake!

i'm good at bathroom and kitchen cleaning now - i even have a spray bottle with vinegar-water solution in it for btwn proper cleanings. we all become our mothers.
yeah, cold water works fine for most things, i think too. i use hippie bio detergent and it's just fine. i don't even want to think about communal washers and their "residue."

rrrobyn sharkattack battleforcenet (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh, i smell pretty good

rrrobyn sharkattack battleforcenet (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, my washer does a little shuffly dance on spin and rocks my apartment.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ours used to walk out of the closet in our old place, but now it's in the basement and just throws anything left on top across the room.

Jaq (Jaq), Tuesday, 11 July 2006 02:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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