Long before high-efficiency washers and three-times concentrated solutions, my family cut our laundry detergent use in half. How? And, more important, why?
During an elementary school field trip to a local environmental group's office I learned that just half the recommended amount of laundry detergent is more than enough to clean clothes.
The eco-conscious kid I was went home and declared an end to laundry detergent overuse, with surprising benefits. By cutting our laundry detergent use in half, my family reduced the amount of suds that ultimately ended up polluting our waterways. Skin irritations disappeared and I breathed easier with the more mellow scent from my detergent (I now only use unscented formulas). And, of course, reducing our laundry detergent use saved us money.
With the rise of high-efficiency front-loading washing machines, detergent use was slashed (too much soap is bad for the machines). But even though the cap has gotten smaller, you're probably still using too much.
So how much laundry detergent should you be using?