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Quick Tip: Use Less Laundry Detergent

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Brian
03.27.13

When it comes to sleep and Christmas bonuses, more is always better. With detergent, it’s a different story. If you want to save some cash and prolong the life of your washing machine, cut the amount of detergent you use per load in half! Less detergent is easier on your machine and your clothing.

Not convinced? Here’s the rational:

Extra suds don’t mean success. Modern washing machines are more efficient and use less water, which means they need less soap. To find out if you’ve been “over-sudsing,” try the hot water test: Run a load of towels through the washer with no added detergent. If you’ve been using too much detergent, your towels will still come out clean!

Measuring cups are sneaky. The measuring cups that come with detergent can be up to four times larger than the actual amount suggested on the cup (remember, it’s in detergent companies’ interest for you to use a lot of their product). Experts advise that recommended amounts are exaggerated, and you can generally cut the suggested amount in half. Aim for 1-2 tablespoons per load, and you’ll be all set!

If you don’t want to estimate with the cup or scoop that came with your detergent, grab an old tablespoon from the kitchen and use that!

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