Why using too much detergent means you’re wasting money and clothes don’t clean properly

When it comes to cleaning, you think the more product you use, the better the results.

But the truth is the opposite, which means we’re not only wasting money and products, but also preventing things from being cleaned properly.

This is especially true when it comes to the washing machine and how much laundry detergent we put in.

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TikToker @brightly.eco revealed that the measuring guide on laundry detergent bottle caps can be misleading because we don’t need as much product.

A little detergent goes a long way. (TikTok/@brightly.eco)

“Don’t let those pesky lines cause you to use too much laundry detergent, because you really only need one to two tablespoons. Just a little less than a shot glass,” they said in a TikTok video.

Using too much detergent prevents clothes, towels and linens from getting perfectly clean, because the excess suds prevent the material from rinsing properly.

“Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff and crusty and actually reduce its effectiveness. Gross, @brightly.eco explained.

“So lighten up the detergent, do a quick air-dry and you’ll be fine.”

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Lots of soap scum is not always a good thing in the washing machine. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Despite the advice likely to save money on detergent and make clothes cleaner, people who watched the TikTok video struggled to get the idea.

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Many reviewers suggested they felt compelled to use more depending on how dirty the laundry was.

“I measure with my heart based on the laundry I do LOL,” one woman wrote.

“If it’s my dad, I pay it all,” posted a subscriber.

“I wasn’t the one who added two capfuls of detergent because one capful didn’t boil my water enough,” one woman wrote.

“No, I wash cloth diapers here. I need all the detergent!” another commented.

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A follower wanted scientific proof that using too much detergent is bad for clothes to convince them of @brightly.eco’s advice.

“Okay, is there a study or an article or something that says that, I’m just having a hard time with this one,” one man asked.

Another viewer replied, “Yeah, I’ve seen a few of how bacteria feed on soap scum! [That is] why I’m a recovered detergent rather than a user.”

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But there were plenty of people who were okay with using less detergent.

“Yeah I started doing this and it makes my clothes look so much better,” one person commented.

“Using too much detergent can actually cause the detergent to stick to bad smells instead of washing them away,” one follower added.

“It helped my clothes a lot, thank you,” posted another.

@brightly.eco’s advice for laundry detergents generally applies to many other cleaning products we use, especially if they are concentrated.

So if you find that there is a lot of residue in your dishwasher or if you notice soap bubble stains on the items you have washed, it could be a sign that you need to reduce the amount of product. that you use.

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