How to use laundry detergent
Because doing the laundry is an everyday task for most, many of us feel like we already know how to use washing detergent: simply chuck a cap full of detergent in the drum and hit start, right? Well, not quite. The truth is the appropriate amount of detergent depends on several factors, which can affect the outcome of your wash. Therefore, you need to know how to use laundry detergent and dose it properly in order to achieve long-lasting freshness for your clothes. Read on to find out how.
Laundry detergent dosage
Learning how to measure your laundry detergent properly is a crucial step to achieving great results, perhaps even the most important. You’re probably aware that your clothes won’t be cleaned effectively if you don’t use enough detergent, but unfortunately it’s not simply a case of “the more, the better” either! Using too much laundry detergent won’t make your clothes cleaner; it may actually result in dingy-looking clothes and cause your washing machine to clog up with excess detergent. Besides, avoiding overdosing your detergent will save you money in the long run!
The correct laundry detergent dosage depends on the following factors:
- The detergent formula being used: Different formulations of detergent, such as Original or Stain Fighter, often require different dosages.
- The type of detergent (liquid, Discs™, etc.): The measurement for liquid detergent is measured in fluid ounces, while the measurement for capsules is the number of capsules to use.
- The size of your load: In general, the more laundry you are washing at once, the more detergent you will need.
- How dirty your clothes are: The more soiled the laundry, the higher the laundry detergent dosage.
- Water hardness: You may need to use more detergent if you live in an area with hard water.
- The wash cycle you select: If you have especially tough stains, you may need to pre-treat them with a little detergent and then soak them in a prewash.
Consult the packaging of your Persil® product for more precise instructions on how to measure laundry detergent.
How to use washing detergent in different types of machines
How to use laundry detergent is also dependent on the type of washing machine you have. With regular top-loading machines, it’s best not to add detergent on top of your laundry. Otherwise the detergent may not dissolve properly and leave unpleasant residue on your clothes. Instead, first add a little water followed by the detergent and then your laundry. The process for front-loading machines is more straightforward: simply pour your liquid detergent into the compartment of the dispenser drawer. Consult your machine’s manual to find out which compartment is correct.
Note: All Persil® ProClean® detergents are also suitable for use in high-efficiency washers.
If you have children, proper use of laundry detergent should always include safety! Curious children may be drawn to colorful laundry detergents, particularly the Discs™. Therefore, ensure you store your laundry detergent well out of reach, such as on a high shelf in a cupboard.