True, but the detergent contains stain removers and other chemicals to allow the dirt to be released from the fibers. If you have hard water, your clothes will come out "stiff"and they may not be "entirely" clean..of course you can always go down to the river and wash by hand and beat the clothes against a rock to "soften the fibers"..that 90% of the results come from agitation, not detergent (i.e., water is a powerful solvent all on its own!).
"One of the largest applications of detergents is for cleaning clothing. The formulations are complex, reflecting the diverse demands of the application and the highly competitive consumer market. In general, laundry detergents contain water softeners, surfactants, bleach, enzymes, brighteners, fragrances, and many other agents. The formulation is strongly affected by the temperature of the cleaning water, and of course varies from country to country."
Good for you MG...now that is the pure definition of frugal..I like it!I use a tiny bit of detergent - maybe a tablespoon - in my HE washer and if I happen to need to wash clothes and there's no detergent available, I just wash 'em without it.
You could always save those soap bar ends and throw those in...you do that?..don't you? ;-)
Absolutely! I do that too. I just put a mesh around the ends of the dryer hose to keep most of the fluff from getting spread around the basement...and I have a 20yr+ dryer that will more than likely, outlast me.[As a bonus, line-drying clothing inside in winter provides free humidification.