Something we discovered this weekend: If you're out of laundry detergent, you can do an entire load with a cup of Dr. Bronner's. We love this idea, especially since it means your clothes get clean with biodegradable soap. But before you try it, some guidelines: *If your clothes sport major stains, nail them with a Tide Detergent pen before they hit the Kenmore. It's not the most eco solution to the problem, but Dr. Bronner's can't get grass stains out of jeans without some help. *Use a few healthy squirts for your whole load, or else face the problem of suds. *You still need fabric softener - try the kind in sheets that you add in the dryer. Besides helping the environment, using the soap can save you some dry cleaning bills: It works really well when you're handwashing corsets, tights, and cashmere.