I'm in EU, use 3 in one washing powder (Henkel makes it, like Persil and 10 other brands I think) so I don't have to buy softener - I want it for the smell anyway. I spin the hell out of the clothes and air dry. Oh and I've been washing in cold water for 3 years because the washingmachine got Alzheimers and forgot all the programs. I have to click manually, so my washes are shorter now as well. Sometimes I miss the boiling option but this way I never shrink anything. Everyone in the family wants to surprise me with a new washingmachine, but I want this!!!!
edit: I do soak the choc and stew stains tho'