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#1 Amy loves Bud

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 10:26 PM

We're in this cabin for another week and a half. We're going to have leftover dishwashing detergent and run out of laundry detergent. Can I use the dishwashing detergent in the washing machine? Or is that baaaaaad?

#2 Robin Hood

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 10:28 PM

I don't know but......don't use laundry detergent in the dishwasher.

#3 3lilreds in NC

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 10:32 PM

I found one "yes" response:

"Yes you can. I used Dawn dishwasher soap all the time when i'm out of laundry detergent, just use a little bit. I just usually give one squirt around the bottom of the washing machine then throw the cloths on top to prevent a lot of bubbles. We've all been there before. You can basically use any kind of soap for laundry just use less than you would of laundry detergent."

Be careful if you have dishwashing soap with bleach; that could cause trouble.

I would be hesitant, but if you're desperate to do laundry, it might be worth a try. Is there no place near you to get a little more laundry soap?

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 11:05 PM

I cloth diaper and use DAWn (original) every time I wash! I use it sometimes with clothes. YES it works WONDERFULLY!!!

#5 Jenny in Florida

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 11:21 PM

As someone else said, you might want to check the ingredients and make sure there's no bleach or anything that might be harmful to fabric. And definitely use just a little bit at first until you get a feel for how much it will foam with the agitation. But, other than that, I can't imagine why it would be a problem.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:49 AM

Didn't seem to be a problem.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:27 AM

I don't have a dishwasher, so I've never used dishwasher soap in the washer - but I *have* used regular dish soap (many kinds) and shampoo both, when I've run out. Come to think of it, I was supposed to pick up laundry soap yesterday...and forgot. This morning might be a dish soap wash. ;)

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:31 AM

Dishwashing liquid is fine.

Dishwasher detergent is much harsher and usually has bleach or a bleach-like substance. You might want to test a bit on colors and see if it's OK.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:05 AM

I use Joy in my washing machine all the time. Just one good half a second squirt.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 08:38 AM

Dishwashing liquid is fine.

Dishwasher detergent is much harsher and usually has bleach or a bleach-like substance. You might want to test a bit on colors and see if it's OK.


I had found a recipe online for taking stains out of baby clothes that used Cascade powder and hot water. It worked very well, but anything that was red, ran . . . So I'd be careful about what colors you use it with - whites or lights should be fine, but anything red may not (I don't know if other dishwasher detergents do the same thing, or not).


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