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Are You Using Your Laundry Detergent Correctly?, courtesy of Laundry Detergent Coupons Website
Types of Detergents
- Liquid detergent is effective for cleaning ground-in dirt and spot-cleaning grease stains. It is also easy to pour.
- Powder is recommended for overall consistent cleaning but can leave a milky or chalky residue on clothes when not measured and used properly.
- Pods take the guesswork out of measuring detergent but must be kept out of children’s reach to avoid poisoning, an incident that is on the rise.
- High-efficiency (HE) detergent is designed specifically for HE washers. Using a regular detergent in an HE machine can leave suds and cause damage on mechanical parts.
Dosing guide based on washer type
Dosing for Top Loaders
- Add enough powder down the center of the agitator before adding the clothes, or use the machine bowl.
- Pour the right amount of liquid detergent into the machine bowl or in the middle of the agitator before adding the clothes.
Dosing for Front Loaders & HE Washers
- Add the right amount of powder into the dispensing compartment before adding the clothes and starting the washer.
- Pour the right amount of liquid detergent into the dispensing drawer or toss in the dosing ball provided before putting the clothes in and starting the washer.
Use the measuring cup as a guide as to how much detergent to use with a specific load. Otherwise, make a good estimate
Understanding the load size
This is when the drum look full by a quarter when all the clothes are tossed inside. Use just the right amount of detergent to clean clothes.
This is when the drum looks about halfway full. Use the measuring cup to determine how much detergent to use with a medium load.
This is when the drum is too close to full. Avoid overloading the washer as this will cause your clothes to wrinkle and keep the detergent from distributing evenly.
With dispenser compartment
Special compartment for detergent is found in most HE front-loading washing machines and modern washers. This makes it easier to measure detergent and run the washer. Make sure to add detergent first before clothes.
Without dispenser compartment
Most regular top-loading washers lack a special compartment for detergent. It is highly recommended for the washer to be filled with water first, followed by detergent and then clothes. This way, the detergent is distributed evenly.
Problems with not using laundry detergent correctly
- Too much and your clothes will have residues
- Too little and your clothes are not cleaned thoroughly
- Residues will hasten wear and tear on clothes