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.
Here are a few dirty, little secrets about using too much detergent:
- It leaves residue on clothes.
- The odor in many washing machines is caused by excess residue trapped in the washer.
- Loads may not have a change to drain properly – causing clothes to be more wet and take more time to dry.
- Leaking, particularly in front load washers, can occur.
- It may take more energy to wash clothes as the washer automatically adds extra rinses and pauses to break down the excess suds.
- 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.
- 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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