Reply from Mom

For your info, the two Perla bars are real laundry SOAP - not detergent. They would be less convenient to use- they don't sud as quickly - but they would be gentler on your clothes and your hands, and on the environment as well. There was a time when Kathy was in grade school when she campaigned against detergent - in powder or bar form - so we switched back to Perla. Our labandera was not too happy but maybe our rivers and seas were - if they could only speak.

Hey, cool. I guess that means I have to figure out where I left that bar of soap. I think I left it in the laundry room by mistake. Chances are it will still be there. I have another bar of soap, though. I also need to figure out how to make sure what I'm using doesn't have bleach, as I anticipate having to buy laundry soap one of these days...

Haven't even dipped into the money my parents have set aside, so I guess I'm still okay. =)