HOW MUCH DETERGENT DO YOU REALLY NEED?
How much detergent do you really need for your laundry? Dosing correctly is actually more important than you might think. Today's detergents are made to be as effective as possible in small quantities, which means that you need less detergent than you actually think. Maybe you have a machine that already does the job for you as it offers automatic dosing, but if you do not have such a washing machine, it can be good to keep track of the tips that we will go through.
If you overdose, this can lead to a variety of consequences for humans, clothing but also the environment. Overdose can, for example, lead to mold in the washing machine but also in the clothes. It can also contribute to allergies and skin irritation- even though you may not have had similar problems before.
How do you go about getting the right amount of detergent for your clothes? To begin with, you can keep track of the type of hardness you have in your water, as this affects how much you should use in the end. 80% of watert in Sweden is soft, but you can easily find out if the water in your municipality is soft through your municipality's website. By finding out the hardness of your water, you can prevent the use of too much detergent and thus save on detergent, which is good from a sustainability point of view as it reduces waste and also makes sure that there are no excessive amounts of detergent in our wastewater.
When you overdose, there is a risk that detergent residues will remain in your clothes, which can lead to allergic reactions on your skin. Old detergent left in the clothes can also cause odor and in fact- believe it or not- be the reason why the clothes begins to rot. Overdose also means a risk for the washing machine where residues can be left in the machine, which can lead to mold and in the long run also cause damage inside the machine. In other words, there is a lot you can avoid just by dosing correctly in your washing machine. In addition, overdose not only has a negative effect on ordinary clothes, but also workout clothes. When overdosing, the detergent gets stuck in the clothes, which makes it difficult to get rid of the foul-smelling odor. Another thing to avoid when washing workout clothes is to use fabric softener, which destroys the fibers in the clothes. When you later remove the laundry from the machine, it should be hung up to dry and not run in the dryer.
In addition to the hardness of the water, it can also be good to know which one type of washing machine that is what you have. If you have a front-loading washing machine, it usually consumes much less water compared to a top-loading washing machine, which further affects how concentrated the detergent will be during the program. Of course, the amount of laundry also plays a big role in the whole equation, where you need less detergent if you run a half full machine compared to a full one. The degree of soiling also affects how much detergent you need. But by dosing correctly, you are gentle on yourself and your skin, gentle on the environment, avoid stains on clothes from detergents and you also save money.
In general, it is said that it is needed 35ml liquid detergent for a normal dirty wash if you have medium hard water. But to be on the safe side, one should check out the hardness in even water and then dose right along it. Dosing correctly was our focus when we developed ours Laundry Powder in the form of powder, where we have also produced one dosing bucket to facilitate the correct dosing, which replaces the traditional wash ball. We offer detergent both for white-and color wash. By having our detergent at home, you never have to overdose again, and are also gentle on yourself but also the environment! If you want to make sure you always have your gentle detergent at home, we also offer one subscription service on this which you will find here. Together we reduce the overdose and do ourselves and the environment a great service!
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