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October 24th, 2009

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09:58 pm - 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?

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Date:October 29th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, I totally forgot about those. I'll have to stock up on some for future emergencies~
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Date:October 25th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
I would NOT use dishwashing detergent made for a dishwasher, if that's what you mean, it'll bleach your clothes. If you just mean soap for handwashing dishes, I use that all the time when i run out of clothes detergent and I've never had a problem with it.
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Date:October 29th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
I ended up use a bar of soap that I dissolved in some hot water. Cleaned well enough I guess XD
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Date:October 25th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've used shampoo in a pinch before and haven't had a problem. I don't make a regular habit of it, but when you need clean clothes and are out of detergent and payday is a few days away, you make due :P

Just make sure you use less than usual (water it down, even) because it can get too sudsy.
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Date:October 29th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
I ended up using a bar of soap, but next time I'll try the shampoo XD

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