Using Every Bit of Laundry Detergent

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Many cleaning products that are packaged in plastic bottles or jugs still have product left inside even when they seem to be empty. This is a page about using every bit of laundry detergent.


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Oh, the good old days. We were young, in love and in college. We would spend $10 a week on groceries, eat at A & W on Tuesday for .15 Coney with .15 mug of root beer. On Sunday night, we would hit McDonald's for their yum cheeseburgers, which were made of real meat back then. We were so broke that we did not buy paper towels or napkins. Gas was about .25 a gallon. My husband sold pots and pans to put us both through college.

Now, I am wondering if we will be living on a similar budget as we think about retiring. I have always cut corners and watched my pennies because we have never made a huge salary plus we had three children at home to love and raise.


Here is a surprise that I discovered recently. It may surprise you, too. This is not a reflection on the product in the picture because about the same amount came out of a very expensive All Free and Clear. It is what is left in the bottle, which would normally be trashed. I removed the plastic pour spout by using a butter knife and a dishtowel. You will need the towel because the spout is slippery. Push the edge of the spout up with the knife until it is completely off of the bottle. Turn the bottle upside down into a cup and let it all drain out overnight.

The result was over 1/2 cup of detergent. It was enough to do one more load. Are you wondering now how many loads you have missed? Try it. There is no use in throwing your money away or putting it in the recycle bin.


By Carol from Hartselle, AL

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November 9, 2011

When your laundry detergent bottle is about empty, turn it over and stand it up on the cap. Leave it for a while, and you will most likely drain enough out of the bottom for at least one more load!

By Keli C. from Granbury, TX

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As my husband was doing laundry he went to use the Clorox 2. Nothing came out, but it clearly had more in the bottle. He discovered that if you remove the spout, there is almost a capful of liquid trapped inside the bottle.


Now none of it will be wasted. :)

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August 9, 2014

Make sure you are getting every lost drop out of each bottle of Clorox 2 by following this simple tip.

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June 11, 2009

My laundry shelf height is limited, so I have to pour the larger super saver size detergent bottles into a 32 oz. container. This resulted in some spillage until I decided to decant into the smaller bottle when I need to do a wash. This way, the excess goes into the washer instead of down the kitchen sink.


By Holly from Richardson, TX


Using Every Bit Of Laundry Detergent

Thanks for the great tip, Holly! I do the same exact thing for the same reason, transfer liquid detergent from a large container to a smaller one. Sometimes it can get messy if you're not extremely careful. DUH, why didn't I think of this myself! (09/05/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

Using Every Bit Of Laundry Detergent

What I do is when I fill the cup of detergent I then throw the cup in the wash and no mess and use every bit of soap and since I don't have that much room what I do is at the end of the bottle I had water swish and put it the washer and if need more add some from the new bottle then recycle the bottle when done. (11/14/2007)

By Barbara

Using Every Bit Of Laundry Detergent

I always rinse out laundry containers several times to get all the detergent out. Of course, I do it to all containers to get the last bit out, whether it is detergent, fabric softener, soup, sauce, juice, or canned vegetables. (12/29/2008)


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