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How to use less laundry detergent

How to use less laundry detergent
Posted at 5:30 AM, Mar 31, 2023

When it comes to laundry detergent, using the correct amount is essential for achieving clean, fresh-smelling clothes. Too little detergent can leave your clothes feeling unclean and dingy, while too much can cause residue buildup on your clothing and in the washing machine. Therefore, it’s important to know how much detergent to use to get the best results and avoid any potential issues.

Why Measuring Detergent Matters

Measuring your laundry detergent carefully is essential for a variety of reasons. For example, using too much is not only wasteful but can also be costly. Measuring your detergent ensures you’re using the appropriate amount, preventing unnecessary spending on excess products.

When you use more detergent than you need, it can also ultimately end up in rivers, lakes and other bodies of water, potentially harming local wildlife and ecosystems. Measuring your detergent and using the right amount can help reduce pollution from laundry.


Using the correct amount of detergent helps ensure that your clothes are thoroughly and evenly washed. It can also be safer for your health. When you use too much detergent, your clothes can retain the excess chemicals, which can cause skin irritation or rashes.

How Much Detergent To Use

Using the right amount of detergent is essential for getting your clothes clean without causing any damage to the fabric or the washer. But how much detergent should you use?

First, it’s important to remember that putting more detergent in your machine doesn’t necessarily mean cleaner clothes. It can actually create excess suds that prevent your washing machine from doing its job correctly. Additionally, leftover detergent can leave a residue on your clothes that can irritate your skin or make your clothes appear dingy.

On the other hand, adding too little detergent can also be problematic. As a result, your clothes may not come out as clean as you’d like, especially if you’re dealing with stubborn stains or heavily soiled items.


If you use detergent pods for every load, take note: Liquid detergent is recommended, as it is pre-dissolved and makes it easier to control the amount of product you use. Powder detergent doesn’t always dissolve properly and can leave clumps in your laundry, and pods give you the same dose every time, no matter the size of your load of laundry.

General Guidelines For Different Load Sizes

Knowing how much detergent to use depends on a few factors, such as the size of the load, the type and brand of detergent you are using and the concentration level of the detergent.

The first step is to read and follow all instructions on the product label (there are also guidelines and tools available online from brands such as Tide and Persil). Detergents come with caps or measuring cups that can be used as a general guide. However, these measurements can vary depending on how full you fill the cap or cup.

It’s also important to consider the concentration level of your detergent when deciding how much to use. For example, high-efficiency washers require less detergent than traditional washers because they have smaller water levels and shorter cycle times. In addition, low-sudsing detergents are designed specifically for high-efficiency washers and will not cause sudsing in traditional washers.


By following the guidelines provided by manufacturers and considering your specific needs, you can ensure that you’re using just enough detergent for each load size without wasting any product or leaving behind residue on your clothes.

If you’re unsure whether you’ve been using too much detergent, it’s best to start with the recommended amounts and then adjust up or down as needed. Keep an eye out for any excess suds or signs that your clothes are not getting as clean as you’d like, and adjust the detergent amount accordingly.

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