How Much Laundry Detergent to Use When Washing your Clothes

Posted on April 19, 2019 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal


Ever seen white residues on your clothes after washing and thought… “I’ve used too much detergent in that load!” Well, not necessarily! Despite the evidence, chances are that you’ve actually put too many clothes in the load rather than too much detergent.

Doing the laundry is a little more sophisticated than eyeballing how much detergent you need and turning the machine on. Using too little or too much detergent often leads to poor laundry results. Whether it’s the washer you’re using or the size of the load, not all laundry is created equal, so it’s important to get the right dosing for your wash.

For example, take a high efficiency (HE) washing machines. Since they use less water, putting in too much laundry can soak up all the water so there isn’t enough to completely dissolve the detergent.

How Much Should I Use?

The key facts to consider are:

  1. How dirty the clothes are
  2. Size of the load
  3. Water hardness

It is important to dose correctly, since under- or overdosing can result in poor cleaning and stain removal.

  • Dirt levels: The more heavily soiled your clothes are, the more detergent you will need to use in a load. This helps to remove dirt and prevent it from going back onto your clothes.
  • Drum size: Detergent dosage directions are based on the drum size of a conventional washing machine, but machines are always getting bigger so if you have a new washing machines, it may have a bigger drum. Larger wash loads bring in more dirt, so to get great results on every wash you need more detergent.
  • Water hardness: Water hardness varies throughout the country. To get the best results, people in hard water areas need to use more detergent.

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