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What Happens if You Use Too Much Laundry Detergent
More isn’t always better; this is especially the case when it comes to laundry detergent.
Top 5 Problems With Too Much Laundry Detergent
- It can make your clothes dirtier. Too many suds can hold the dirt on clothes and get caught in areas that won’t rinse clean. Dirt builds up on clothes, which results in bacteria build up. Workout clothing is particularly susceptible because it is designed to be breathable and to wick sweat away; too much detergent can clog up the fabric leaving it underperforming for your activities.
- It can impact your health. Your clothes, with the excess detergent and bacteria build up, rubs against your body all day, every day. That can lead to skin irritation or exposure to toxins, depending on what type of detergent you use.
- It can ruin your machine. Extra suds cannot be completely removed from the load, causing them to build up over time. This can lead to odor and mold issues in your machine resulting in costly repairs or even the need to replace your machine prematurely.
- It can cost you money. Too many suds won’t allow your machine to drain properly resulting in your clothes being more wet and taking more time to dry, and let’s not forget the extra money you are unnecessarily spending on detergent.
- It can impact the environment. Using more detergent than needed causes you to empty your bottle more quickly which translates to more plastic bottles. In addition, the EPA has expressed concerns about the impact wash water run off makes on the environment.
How do I know if I’m using too much detergent?
- There are suds leftover when the load is done.
- Your laundry feels sticky when wet.
- You find detergent reside on your laundry.
- Your whites look dingy and your colors look less vibrant.
- You’re not measuring for each and every load.
How Much Laundry Detergent Should You Use??
Of course, it depends upon your machine and the load size, but we suggest starting with the manufacturer’s recommendations along with reading the instructions on your favorite detergent. If it appears to be too much, start reducing the amount by a teaspoon until you reach the appropriate amount.
Here’s a little tip as you try figuring this out – if suds remain, run an additional rinse cycle and add a quarter cup of white vinegar. This will help cut through the detergent, removing the excess suds. You can use this as a temporary fix as you figure out your proper detergent amount.