Thursday, May 14, 2015

Laundry Myths #2

This was a bit lengthy so I decided to do it in 5 posts.
(I found this on and found it worth sharing.)

2. Myth: Fill the entire cup with detergent for extra-clean clothes. "You should almost never fill the detergent cap," Kerr says. "Over-detergenting is a thing that almost everyone does — people think that more soap equals more clean, when actually the opposite is true. Using too much detergent means that your clothes won't be fully rinsed of the soap, which can be irritating to skin." She recommends two tablespoons to a quarter cup of detergent for a normal-sized load of laundry.
Akemi Ooka, green chef and formulator at Method laundry detergent, says there's no industry standard when it comes to the proper amount of detergent you need. "That said, too much soap can lead to dinginess from residue that doesn't wash off in the rinse cycle, so it's best to start out following the product's usage instructions rather than adding extra detergent," she says. To get more bang for your buck, try a concentrated detergent that will work just as hard to remove stains with a lot less liquid.
**Note: Be aware that many HE machines are larger and can carry more clothes than standard washers, so the detergent-to-load ratio may vary.

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