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Are you using too much soap in your dishwasher / washing machine?

submitted on August 17, 2010 by YanBz in "Products / Gadgets"
According to a New York Times article (link below), many people use too much soap in the dishwashers and washing machines. By doing so they not only waste money but also reduce life-cycle of the equipment and don't clean the dishes/clothes as well as they could have.

Washing machines and dishwashers are made to use far less water now than older models and, therefore, need less soap. And detergents have also become increasingly concentrated. So a little goes a long way.

“Most people use 10 to 15 times the amount of soap they need, and they’re pouring money down the drain,” Mr. Schmidt said.

Are you using too much soap? Here is a handy tip to find the answer:

Take four to six clean bath towels, put them in your front-loading washing machine (one towel for a top loader). Don’t add any detergent or fabric softener. Switch to the hot water setting and medium wash and run it for about five minutes.

Check for soap suds. If you don’t see any suds right away, turn off the machine and see if there is any soapy residue. If you see suds or residue, it is soap coming out of your clothes from the last wash.

  • 74915
    Posted by webbyone2010 on August 17, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    If you think you're using the right amunt of soap, decrease it.
  • 74929
    Posted by elefanteau on August 17, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    I actually use twice the amount of detergent because I like my clothes to be super fragrant. Oops! Red Face

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