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Handwashing clothes - detergent?

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Would homemade detergent work well when handwashing clothes? I'm not going to be literally doing it "by hand" in the sense of washing them in the sink or anything, but I'm rigging up a contraption with some 5-gallon buckets and whatnot...but that's besides the point haha.

The point is that I'll be using cold water most of the time as well (though not always) and I won't be using a traditional washing machine so will a powdered homemade detergent work well? Or should I try and make something liquid?

I've never really hand washed clothes before, but my husband and I are moving into a duplex and our side doesn't have washer/dryer hookups so I wanted something for when we needed clothes quick (I'll save the big stuff for going to my mom's here and there).

So yea...any suggestions on what to use for detergent??
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I wash things in the sink when I'm camping or traveling so I don't have to pack so much. I use Ivory soap (the bar kind) and lather it up on the clothes. My mom always used Ivory dish soap to hand wash with when I grew up, but I haven't had any luck finding it around here. You could use a little bit of laundry detergent as well. If you're using powder, I'd dissolve it in a measuring cup of hot water first. I know vinegar can cut soap residue so if you put some white vinegar in your rinse bucket with the water it should help, no matter what you use for soap.

The plunger method is documented on YouTube with lots of good results. I hope you find it works well for you, too! I've thought of packing a holey plunger in with my clothes when I travel, but I can't imagine what people would think if I were to haul a plunger out of my suitcase in airport security!
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