Turkey Tracks: Washing with Water

November 15, 2017

Washing With Water

Now.  Don’t laugh.

I’ve been washing clothes with water and a magnet system for the past two months.

My clothes are as clean as if I had doused them with a detergent.

I still have to spot treat stains, but I had to do that before using the magnets.  And sometimes I have added some tea tree oil to the washer or dryer if I thought there were mold/mildew issues that needed to be addressed or I just wanted to add a clean, fresh scent.  Adding any of your favorite essential oils would give laundry their smell.

And, no, my clothes don’t smell like whatever they got into before I washed them without the essential oil addition.

I am on a well, so I don’t have the added ingredients that city folks have, like chlorines and fluorides.  Those chlorine chemicals also clean.

I have to tell you, I like what is happening a lot.  I am so less itchy these days.




I don’t know that I’m ready to outright recommend this system to you.

I’m still experimenting.

For instance, I wanted to make sure that the clothes being washed weren’t holding a lot of residual soap–and that’s going to take some time–especially since I just switched out summer t-shirts for warmer winter ones.

But I can say that it is pretty clear to me that the recommended amounts of soap I had been using is excessive, to say the least.

You know, I can remember back when I was a kid, and every other ad on the tv was for some kind of cleaning product, but laundry detergents were there a lot.  I think we got kind of indoctrinated that we needed all these chemicals.

I stopped soaping off in my showers years ago, and, again, my skin is so much better because of using less soap.  I do use soap when I’ve gotten into something really greasy or dirty, but mostly, the warm water is good enough.  Best of all, I’m preserving the natural colonies of critters (good “germs”) that are are first line of defense on the skin that is the largest organ we have.  I don’t smell.  I am not dirty.

Water, I’ve learned, is actually pretty naturally corrosive in and of itself.  You might need a bit of soap for a grease stain, but not for just cleansing and refreshing fabric that is not greasy.

And history shows pretty clearly that terrible diseases got eradicated by cleanliness and quarantines.  Changes in hygiene practices made all the difference.  And hygiene maybe does not need so much soap.  We have germ phobias that have been carefully developed by advertising.  Some critters are good guys.


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Soap works by making water slippery, which works to pull dirt and grime out of fabrics.

Powerful magnets can apparently change the surface tension of the water in the same way–or so the claim goes.

I bought two of these really strong magnets, and they live in my washing machine.


The company is Water Liberty, and you can check out their videos and claims at waterliberty.com.

I am now considering getting their Nano towels and their highly concentrated enzyme cleaner for stains.  I’ve been using enzymes in my hot tub for years now.  They eat organic matter, and they work really well.


Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

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