I read an interesting article today on how we often use our washing machine and dish washer wrongly. Most of us learn to use one through our parents or when we bought our first machine. Through the years, new technology has improved the efficiency of these machines as well as the detergent used but we still continue to apply the same methods more suitable to the older machines.
I know that I often don't follow the amounts stated in the box. Well, my brand new washing machine has its own laundry indicator but I readily add in more thinking it will be cleaner. According to this article, using more may in fact shorten the life of the machine and even damage the clothes. Laundry detergent has so improved that not much soap action is now visible. When you see suds you may be using too much detergent!
So go back and read the label on the detergent box and your washing machine manual and follow the recommended amounts. You will not only prolong the life of your machine and your clothes but save on costs as well. In these tough economic times a small bit of savings can go a long way.
For more on this article read For The Dishwasher's Sake, Go Easy On The Detergent