Soapwort photo courtesy Flickr
Next on the laundry menu is no-rinse detergent. My friendly local weaving supply store sells such, at a breathtaking price. I picked up a bottle on a whim, reasoning that not having to put clothes through an extra cycle and being able to wash extra gently might make it a bargain.
Two wash/air dry cycles later, I am happy with the results. The photo shows soapwort, used during the Middle Ages to get clothes clean. The juice of the plant was whipped with water to produce a foam that was brushed on fabric, allowed to dry, and brushed off. This is a very conservative way to get fabric clean, and it was used on the Shroud of Turin when it was restored around 1985.
The less one handles laundry, the longer things last.
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