They will stain, and they will stink! Using an HE machine make sure you use an equivalent detergent which will stop over foaming that can actually destroy
your machine and clothes, for regular detergents ensure that the machine is also regular to ensure proper washed and clean clothes as a result.
Another interesting, although slightly off-topic info: the “vintage” formulation of the Palmolive dish-washing liquid existing around the year 1990, I’m serious, smelled better than most frags I knew (a very sharp, zesty, airy, antiseptic and refreshing cedar, piny and mossy note).
Procter & Gamble reasons that even if you did more than 1,000 loads of laundry a day, you’d still be below a safe level of the stuff, which I believe because I’ve done similar math myself Still, it would be nice to know 1,4-dioxane levels in other detergents besides those two.
However, as there’s as many detergent recipes as there are missing socks at the end of a wash cycle, it’s not practical for us to include them in our tests, so we can’t tell you how a home-made laundry detergent will perform or, by extension, how they compare to their store-bought brethren.
The dermatologist we spoke to, Dr. Erin Warsaw, said that people with sensitive skin should stick to free and clear detergents, in powder form if you can get them, because they generally lack methylisothiazolinone (MI) or methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), common preservatives that can irritate.