How Much Laundry Detergent Do I Really Need? - Appliance Doctors

How Much Laundry Detergent Do I Really Need?

More isn’t always better. And that is abundantly clear when it comes to laundry detergent. Year after year, consumers spend more money than they need to on laundry detergents in the pursuit of cleaner and fresher clothes. Yet, more soap doesn’t mean cleaner clothes, and it could be doing damage to your washing machine. Here, we will discuss some of the reasons why you should be using less detergent when doing your weekly laundry.

How Much Detergent Should You Use?

When it comes to how much detergent is needed for a load of wash, the first thing to do is check the owner’s manual for your washing machine. The manufacturer of your washer should not only explain how much soap should be used for specific load amounts but also provide recommendations as to what kind of detergents are compatible with your machine. 

As an overall rule, when it comes to detergent use, it only takes approximately one tablespoon for a standard laundry load size. This is considerably less than the detergent amount implied by the soap companies when they give you the extra-large cap for measuring. Do you think the soap companies want you to use as little as possible? Of course not! The sooner you buy your next bottle of soap, the better!

If your washing machine is fairly new and purchased in the last several years, chances are you have a high-efficiency unit. These washers use considerably less water than older machines; thus, they require even less detergent per regular-sized load. If you own a high-efficiency (HE) washing machine, further reduce the detergent you use by one-third.

What Happens When Too Much Detergent is Used?

Using too much detergent in your washing machine can lead to many nuisances and the possibility of mechanical damage being done to the unit. Here are some common problems that result from using too much soap for your laundry:

  • Unpleasant odors coming from the machine: Soap scum can promote the growth of mold and mildew inside your washing machine. Over time, the mold and mildew will begin to smell, causing foul odors coming from the machine and in your clothing.
  • Slime build-up in the basin: Too much detergent leads to an accumulation of a slimy residue in the basin of your washing machine. This build-up will result in a deficiency in the washer’s ability to properly clean your clothes.
  • Damage to the water level pressure switch: Excess soap can intrude the water lines that supply the washer with water. If soap intrusion becomes severe, the water level pressure switch can be damaged, resulting in an expensive repair or replacement of the unit.

The Appliance Doctors Are In and Ready to Help You Out!

The Appliance Doctors are a leading provider of appliance repairs in the Cayman Islands. For over twenty years, we’ve proudly served members of our community with high-quality repairs at an affordable price. If your washing machine has been acting up and requires a check-up, give us a call! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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