Some things I know about doing laundry:
- suds are a lie,
- NO ONE should be using fabric softener, and
- don’t dry your towels in a dryer with your clothes.
Okay, the last one was a preference, and I actually know quite a lot more about laundry– but what I didn’t know is that we, collectively, are using more detergent than is needed.
I recently caught a great article (from one of MY favorite blogs/websites: Apartment Therapy) citing that we are using too much laundry detergent… and that’s not good. If the minutia of such things interests you, def head over and read the article and comments in full. If not, follow below.
This Common Mistake Might Be Costing You Money & Ruining Your Clothes — Apartment Therapy — Julie Sprankles
The consensus is that two tablespoons of detergent will do the trick; noting that all machines vary, of course.
Another thing I learned from article: there is a place that exists called the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute International who will (for a fee) analyze a garment and diagnose cleaning problems your machine might have. For your future reference, of course.
Many people add and swear by laundry boosters like Borax, vinegar, or Fels-Naptha. And some people, like Coralie, even make their OWN detergent. But, if it means saving money and using less? Sign me up.