How Much Detergent Should You Use?


Did you know using too much detergent will leave your clothes dirty? The base components of detergent work in precise concentrations. For example, when those concentrations exceed the level it can cause a laundry disaster.

The basic molecular structure of detergent remains the same regardless of the different makeup of the product. Detergents are soap molecules so they need to be amphiphilic which means that they repel and absorb water.

You might think that using more detergent will make your clothes clean but in reality, it will make it dirtier and potentially damage your washer. Any detergent that is left in the washer will cause residue buildup, which sooner or later leads to blockages.

Signs you’ve used more than enough detergent: 

Caked/Greasy Clothing:
Washing machines are a great investment but the problem with them is that they are designed to automatically think that the user is using the right amount of detergent. If you do not have enough water to even out the amount of soap you added into your load, it will turn your laundry caked in soup or have a greasy feeling.

For delicates, it is important to remember that this cycle does not spin as much. If you continue to put the same amount of detergent in this cycle as you do with the other cycles it will leave your clothes feeling greasy because the soap molecules aren’t being pried away.

Also, using too much detergent might actually change your garments a shade of blue. While this isn’t always the case, it does happen. This occurs because most detergents contain a blue dye to counteract any yellow stains that are left on your clothes.

So How Much Detergent is Good?
The rule of thumb to all of your detergent disaster is the famous but true “Less Is More”. If you put too much soap that means the washer will have a hard time breaking down the soap modules. You should only use a tablespoon of laundry detergent per regular load. The measuring cup is actually larger than the amount you actually need.


Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed our blog on detergent usage. Make sure you are always measuring and using the correct amount of detergent to prevent any mishaps. Please share with others who may have been using too much detergent. If you have any tips and tricks to share with us leave us a comment and check us out at

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