How much soap should you use in your wash?


Have you ever wondered how much soap to use in your laundry? There is a plethora of information on the internet, but what should you believe? Bub’s Laundry is going to explain how much soap to use in your laundry. So read on.

How do you know if you use too much soap? The next time you do a wash, before putting the clothes in the dryer, feel them. If they feel sticky or tacky, there is too much soap.

Are there traces of detergent left on your clothes?
Does your laundry feel soapy or sticky?
Are your colored clothes looking dull and your white clothes looking grey?

There is a range of products for sale. Powder, liquid, and Pods. Tried and true powder and liquid soap is effective but can easily lead to overuse. Plus, both are the most expensive options Amazon price per load is $0.33.

Pods are the most effective form of detergent. Amazon price is $0.25 per load. They also different Pods options. Some have added bleach. Some have both bleach and softener. The link with the price is for an 81-count bottle. If you are doing 1 to 2 loads a week, it should last anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks.

Soap manufacturers have recommended usage on their containers and websites. You can see Proctor & Gamble’s website to get usage instructions for Tide here. Soap manufacturers will always recommend more detergent so keep in mind the amounts they use may not be totally accurate. A search of the internet provides the following information for both standard and high efficiency detergent.

Recommended usage for each type based on a standard top load machine (10 to 12 lbs of dry laundry) are:


Liquid: 2 tablespoons

Pods: 1

Powder: 1/4 cup

High Efficiency

Liquid: 2 teaspoons

Pods: 1

Powder: 2 tablespoons

In the end if you are using too much soap it is going to cost more with worse results.

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