When washing your clothes, adding a generous amount of detergent makes sense.
However, it's actually the opposite with experts revealing less is definitely more when washing your clothes.
Speaking to Reader’s Digest, laundry expert Mary Gagliardi says adding too much detergent can leave clothes stained or marked with residue. Additionally, leftover detergent can cause your washing machine to smell. The added suds also place extra strain on the machine’s pump and motor.
An article published on The Huffington Post offers a simple trick to tell if you are using too much detergent.
"To see if you’re using too much, throw a clean towel into the washing machine by itself," "After the wash cycle beings, take a look inside. If you see any suds, you’re using too much."
So how do you know how much detergent to add?
“Re-check the package instructions and make sure the lowest level of detergent recommended (usually ‘line 1’ on a cap or scoop) is clearly marked so it’s easy to measure the correct amount,” says Gagliardi.
“And please do measure—pouring detergent directly from the bottle into the washer without measuring is a great way to make sure you use the wrong amount—either too much or too little!”