Stop Wasting Detergent: Here’s How Much You Really Need for a Clean Wash

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jun.08 - 2024 11:56 AM CET

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Are You Using Too Much Laundry Detergent? Find Out the Right Amount Here.

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Laundry day shouldn’t be a guessing game when it comes to detergent. However, many people are uncertain about the correct amount to use, often leading to waste and less effective cleaning.

The truth is, the amount of detergent you need varies based on the type of detergent and the size of your laundry load.

The Dangers of Overusing Detergent

It’s a common misconception that more detergent means cleaner clothes. In reality, too much detergent can harm both your clothes and your washing machine.

Excess detergent creates too many suds, which don't contribute to better cleaning. Instead, these suds can leave residues on your clothes and inside the machine, causing musty smells and poor washing performance.

"Too much suds can pick up dirt and redeposit it on clothes," according to Business Insider. This not only leaves residue on your garments but can also discolor them and attract more dirt over time. Moreover, the build-up inside the washing machine’s drum can lead to decreased efficiency and potential damage.

Signs You’re Using Too Much Detergent

  • Excessive Foam: If you see a lot of foam during the wash cycle, it's a clear sign.

  • Residues: White marks on clothes or residues on the machine door post-wash indicate overuse.

  • Musty Smell: A lingering musty odor from your machine is another red flag.

Getting the Detergent Amount Right

So, how much detergent should you use? Here's a simple guide:

  • Small Loads (1-2 pounds): Use about one tablespoon of detergent.

  • Medium Loads (2-3 kilograms): Two tablespoons should suffice.

  • Large Loads (5 kilograms or more): Up to five tablespoons of detergent might be necessary.

Remember, the measuring cup that comes with your detergent is often much larger than needed. For liquid and powder detergents, stick to these guidelines. For detergent pods, one pod per load is enough.

Factors That Affect Detergent Amount

  • Water Hardness: Hard water may require a bit more detergent to achieve the same cleaning power.

  • Dirt Level: Heavily soiled clothes might need an extra dose of detergent.

By following these tips, you can avoid detergent waste, protect your washing machine, and ensure your clothes come out clean and fresh every time.

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