I also do this. I recently learned you can add baking soda to detergent to make it stretch. I now add a box of baking soda to a box of detergent. Works great. (07/16/2008)
Also according to my husband, the appliance tech, the less soap the less build-up you will experience and keep maintenance costs down.
I also use about half of the recommended amount of soap. I have soft water, and find that this is enough, unless one has particularly dirty clothes, such as heavily soiled work clothes.(07/17/2008)
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