October 24th, 2009

[Hamilton]Lafayette

Laundry using shampoo/dishwashing detergent?

 Hmm....I have to do my laundry but I'm out of laundry detergent.  Seeing as I'll be here only for another month or so (probably less) I think this might be the only laundry run I'm doing so I kind of don't want to buy a whole new box of detergent for it.  I've heard of using shampoo or dishwashing detergent instead of laundry detergent, anyone have personal experience?  I googled and it seems the answers are quite mixed.  Some say flat-out no, others say it's fine so long as you use a little since shampoo/dishwashing detergent tends to get suds-y.  Pros and cons anyone?

[EDIT]: Oh, or apparently the best substitute for laundry detergent is to take some plain bar soap, peel some of it with a veggie peeler then dissolve it in some hot water and add it to the laundry?