Most people use too much soap thinking that more must be better. Read the instructions on the bottle and carefully measure so you don't use more than you need to. If you use more, rather than alittle less, you are not only wasting detergent, but you may not be getting the good cleaning and rinsing you would expect. Too much detergent can mean too many suds, and suds actually cushion the cleaning action. This reduces the ability to remove stains and soil.
Also, too many suds are hard for your machine to wash away. Detergent can build up on your clothes, making them dingy. Also, extra soap left in the washing machine can become a breeding ground for bacteria and odor. I also wash only with cold water. Every so often, fill machine with water and one cup of vinegar and let it goes through the complete cycle and that should rid of the extra build up of suds.
You can also cut your costs on wash day by line drying. It will brighten the whites and save a bit on electricity. Lay some of your knits or items, not wanting to stretch, on a table or flat on the ground (on a old towel or sheet). I only line dry on beautiful and nice days. Just a few tips for cleaner clothes and saving a little money!
By dorothy wedenoja from New Creek, WV
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