Do you read the instructions on the back of your laundry detergent? Do you look for the fill lines on the cap or scoop? Or, do you just fill the cap without thinking and dump tons of laundry detergent in the washing machine?
Not to long ago I was the non-measure, use as much as possible type of person. Actually, I’m still don’t measure precisely (I err on the side of under-filling) but I’m informed and more strategic about it!
If you want to spend less time and money buying and stocking up on laundry detergent, be aware of the fill lines.
The fill lines are somewhat deceiving as compared to the size of the laundry detergent cap or scoop. In fact, on my test case below the lines were extremely difficult to see!
Amount of laundry detergent to use in a small load:
Amount of laundry detergent to use in a medium load:
Amount of laundry detergent to use in a large load:
Amount of laundry detergent to use in an extra-large load:
The difference in the amount of laundry detergent this particular manufacture suggests using in a medium and large load is negligible. It’s only about an additional teaspoon for the large load. But, pay particular attention to the amount recommended for the extra-large load; it’s still just a little over half of the cap! In college I would fill the entire cap (or scoop when using powered detergent) for one load! I could have probably doubled my usage on one container of detergent!
To save money on laundry detergent, pay attention to the fill line and don’t over use. If other family members help with the laundry, consider drawing lines on the outside of the cap for easy visibility!
How much laundry detergent do you use?
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