Laundry detergent no longer has phosphates which is eco-friendly but clothes aren’t as clean and bright as they were when we were kids. You can buy T.S.P. (Trisodium Phosphate) in the paint section of hardware stores. A couple weeks, once a year I use 1/4 cup of TSP with regular detergent & wash everything. The rest of the year I use eco-friendly Soapnuts.
Result: better for the environment than using phosphates year round and clothes are cleaner and brighter.
Update August 6, 2016 – ¼ cup of TSP is a lot unless you have very ‘hard’ water. I now use a level teaspoon with regular laundry (I still use soap nuts).
FYI – the T.S.P. carton I bought is labeled as “All purpose heavy duty cleaner” and nowhere does it say Trisodium Phosphate. It claims to
– removes wax and grease
– prepares surfaces for painting
– cleans garage floors and driveways
– aids in restoring paint brushes
Nowhere does it mention laundry. You’re not supposed to know. Now you do.
NOTE: it’s an irritant. Do NOT ingest. Do not get in eyes or on skin. Do not mix with ammonia. Keep out of reach of children.
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