This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Method. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you a measurer or a guesser when it comes to putting detergent in your washing machine? I admit, I’m more of a guesser, and according to Method Products Inc., I’m not alone! They found that 53% of liquid laundry detergent users don’t use the recommended amount of detergent per washload. The majority of people will just guess or simply fill the cap up to the top. Guilty! Or at least I used to be, before I started making my own laundry detergent. But even with homemade detergent, I fear I am guilty of using more than is necessary.
Did you know that if you use traditional liquid laundry detergent and simply fill the cap each time you do a load you are most likely using more than twice what you should be for a normal load? I’m embarrassed to admit I did not know this. So I decided to buy a bottle of inexpensive liquid laundry detergent (I felt quite conspicuous doing so since I haven’t PURCHASED laundry detergent in a very long time!) and check it out.
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Sure enough…even though the markings inside the cap are almost completely invisible to the human eye…if you look really, really, really closely you can see that the amount for a normal load is not a capful, but roughly half a capful. (Kinda makes you wonder why they make the measurement lines so hard to read! You don’t think they want us to use more than we should do you??? Nahhhhhh.)
I measured it out into a clear, glass measuring cup, that you could actually see the markings on, to show you.
The amount on the left is how much is recommended for a normal load, the amount on the right is a full cap, meant for a heavily-soiled load. I would almost bet my life that more than half of laundry-doers are simply filling the cap each time.
So why is “overdosing” on laundry detergent such a big deal? Well, despite the fact that it’s like pouring our hard-earned $$ down the drain….overdosing also creates excess suds, which results in:
- Residue on clothes that fades colors and attracts more dirt.
- Odors in the washing machine from trapped residue.
- Loads that haven’t been properly drained because extra suds slow down the spinning cycle.
- Leaking, especially in front loader washers.
- Decreased water savings because more water is used to rinse the load if excess suds are detected.
- Extra wear and tear on the washing machine’s pump and motor because the suds act like a brake.
Bottom line: a lot of us are overdosing on laundry detergent, so the folks at Method are working on a fix. They’ve come up with this compact, precision-dosing pump bottle that virtually eliminates overdosing, so you get the loads that you pay for…and it comes in a recyclable bottle made from 50% recycled plastic.
Method’s detergent is so concentrated the dose for a normal load of clothes is 1/4th that of the leading brand.
This entire load of whites only required 4 pumps and came out extremely clean.
I have done many posts on making your own laundry detergent and while I’m not backing away from what I believe to be the benefits of doing so…I also know that there are many people who simply aren’t going to do it. For those people I highly recommend this Method product. I believe Method is trying to make products that work for us and for the planet.
And since the average household does about 600 loads of wash per year…every little thing we do to reduce and reuse makes a big difference.
And don’t forget…if your washing machine is in need of some cleaning due to buildup from overdosing…these two past posts could be very helpful! :-)