Do you believe that more is always better? Well, that philosophy might not work out so well when it comes to laundry detergent. Using too much detergent can cause a host of problems that will leave your clothes and washing machine in bad shape. So, put down that jumbo-sized bottle and listen up! Here are five signs that you’re using too much laundry detergent.
How to Know If You’re Using Too Much Laundry Detergent
Let’s look into the five most common ways to tell if you’re using too much detergent in the washer. We’ll also give you some tips on how to use the right amount for your machine and load size.
Too Much Detergent Leaving Suds
The first way to tell if you’re using too much soap is if your washer has so many bubbles that it looks like a kid’s bubble bath. Excess suds from using too much soap can leave a residue on your clothes, making them feel stiff and scratchy. Oversidsing can also lead to problems like a leaky washer as well!
Too Much Laundry Detergent Smell
While you might believe that using more detergent results in a fresher scent, the opposite is true. Using too much detergent can actually trap odors in the fabric, which can leave your clothes smelling less than fresh. Excess soap residue can also be left behind in the machine leading to mildew growth.
In other words, you’re not doing yourself any favors by going overboard with the detergent, you’ll probably just end up with smelly clothes and even a smelly washer.
Clothes Coming Out Dingy
Do your whites look more like grays after washing them? Using too much laundry detergent can cause a build-up of residue on your clothes, which can attract dirt and grime, making them look dingy and dull. If you wash your clothes with the correct amount of soap over time the residue should get removed.
Detergent Residue Causing Skin Irritation
Using too much detergent can be rough on your skin. The excess chemicals and fragrances can irritate your skin, causing rashes and itching. If you’re getting that “too much laundry detergent itchy feeling”, then this could be a detergent issue. Use less and see if your skin is feeling better. We would also recommend trying a non-scented variety.
Wasted Money From Too Much Detergent
Let’s face it: laundry detergent is expensive! Using too much of it means you’re just throwing money down the drain. Literally. Using the correct amount will give you the same or better results, so you definitely don’t want to spend the extra money using too much.
How Much Detergent Should I Use?
So, how much laundry detergent to use per load? For top-loading machines, use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of detergent, depending on the size of the load. For front-loading machines, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of detergent based on load size as well.
And remember, always measure! Too much of a good thing can quickly become a bad thing. If you’re feeling like your detergent amount is slightly off, we’d recommend trying to use less before you try to use more.
What Detergent to Use for Each Washer?
When it comes to choosing a laundry detergent for your washing machine, there are a few factors to consider. Different detergents are formulated to work best with specific types of washing machines, fabrics, and soil types.
For top-loading machines, you can generally use any type of laundry detergent, including powder, liquid, and pods. However, if you have a high-efficiency top-loading machine, be sure to use a high-efficiency detergent, which is designed to produce fewer suds and work better with these types of machines.
For front-loading machines, it’s important to use a low-sudsing detergent, since these machines use less water and can be easily overwhelmed by too many suds. Look for detergents labeled “HE” or “high-efficiency,” as these are formulated to work best with front-loading machines.
Pro Tip: Add OxiClean Powder to Each Load
For the best cleaning results, we highly recommend adding a tablespoon of OxiClean powder to each laundry load. This powerful cleaning agent tackles stubborn stains by breaking down proteins and lifting them from the fabric. Not only does OxiClean brighten and whiten clothing while preserving colors, but it also neutralizes odor-causing bacteria to keep your washer smelling fresh and clean with every cycle.
So, using too much laundry detergent can cause a variety of problems, from dingy clothes to skin irritation. Save your money and your clothes by measuring your detergent and avoiding excess suds. Trust us, your clothes (and your wallet) will thank you! And if you need any help with a washer repair, you know Cody’s Appliance is always here for you.