Are You Using Too Much Laundry Detergent?

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Are You Using Too Much Laundry Detergent? Find Out Why It's Bad for your Washing Machine - Don't Mess with

With three kids, I feel like I’m ALWAYS doing laundry. And I have three boys too, so you’d think I have fewer wardrobe changes than girls but I think it’s just the opposite. Someone is always getting dirty or spilled something, so my laundry basket is perpetually full.

I’ve gone green with my laundry for a few years now. We have a front-loading energy-efficient washing machine, which I love because it cuts down on water usage significantly. I always use just a scoop or two of my DIY All-Natural Laundry Detergent.

While it’s tempting to use more, it’s important not to do it. Too much detergent can create excess suds – that doesn’t make your clothes cleaner, it actually creates more problems.

Are You Using Too Much Laundry Detergent?

Here are 7 reasons why you should avoid using too much laundry detergent:

  1. It leaves a stain or residue on clothes.
  2. The odor in many washing machines is caused by excess residue trapped in the washer.
  3. Loads may not have a change to drain properly – causing clothes to be more wet and take more time to dry.
  4. Leaking, particularly in front load washers, can occur.
  5. It may take more energy to wash clothes as the washer automatically adds extra rinses and pauses to break down the excess suds.
  6. The water savings you think you’re getting is literally going down the drain due to the extra rinse cycle needed to rinse out the extra suds.
  7. There’s could be increased wear and tear on the washing machine’s pump and motor because the suds act like a brake, and the washing machine works overtime all the time.

So when it’s time to do laundry, be sure to use the amount of detergent – whether it’s a scoop or two of a DIY detergent or what’s indicated on the bottle of a store-bought detergent.

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  1. I started using detergent pods so that I would not use too much detergent. With my cloth diapers, I use a tablespoon to measure out just the right amount.

  2. I didn’t know using too much detergent was that bad! Good to know…

  3. Our new washer is a HE and it’s hard to adjust to using such a little amount of detergent! I heart method, they have the best products.

    • I know, I experienced the same when I switched to an HE washer too. But it can save your washing machine in the long run to use the recommended amount of detergent.

  4. Oh I admit I’m totally guilty of overusing detergent! I’ve used method hand soap before so I’ll have to check out their laundry soap. Thanks!

    • I think everyone has overused detergent at some point. So it’s great to learn these tips to save money and our washing machines. Thanks for visiting.

  5. I started using less detergent in my loads about 2 years ago and it saves us so much money and gets the clothes just as clean! Great tips! I’ve never tried method but I’d like to!

    • That’s great to hear. It’s so tempting to use more but we can save more money and save our washing machines by using the recommended amount. Thanks for visiting.

  6. I had no idea using a little too much detergent could do so much harm…thanks!

  7. Mackenzie says:

    This blows my mind! I had no idea too much detergent was bad. I’ll definitely keep this in mind from now on.

  8. Who would have thought! Now this is actually informative. Thanks! I will save so much money on laundry detergent now. Haha. Well, a little bit at least :)

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