Here’s a simple tip that will help you save on laundry detergent. The great thing is, once you do a little research you’ll have the information you need to potentially save money on every load of laundry you do!
Have you ever wondered why laundry detergent manufacturers provide us with such confusing measuring cups? You don’t think it’s so we’ll inadvertently use more than we need to — and thus buy more, do you? Surely they wouldn’t want us to waste their product just to make more profits!
(“They may or they may not be trying to trick us into using more detergent, but don’t call me Shirley!”)
Balancing Eco Friendly Laundry Detergent Choices
One of these days I’m going to try making my own laundry detergent.
For now, though, I use the most eco-friendly phosphate-free detergent I can find in recyclable packaging, at the best price. “70 Loads,” the box proclaims.
Still, it comes with this confusing scoop.
According to the directions, line #1 is for “medium” loads. Is a medium load a regular load of laundry?
“For family size loads, fill scoop to top line.” (Who among us doesn’t wash family size loads of laundry?) But “fill scoop to top line” sounds like you’re supposed to fill the scoop, when the top line isn’t the top of the scoop, it’s the line marked with a ‘2.’
And then, of course, you have the option to fill the scoop all the way to the top.
It takes some talent to fill the scoop only to the ‘1’ line. I had to pour some out, then scoop some back in, then sprinkle a little more out. Writing this post made me wonder – how much detergent does it take fill the scoop to Line 1? In my case, it was about 1/3 cup.
Filling the cup to Line #2 took 2/3 of a cup, and filling it to the top was almost a cup.
In other words, if you fill the scoop every time you do a load of laundry, you’ll actually only get 23 or 24 loads out of that 70-load box.
Let’s Do the Math
You readers are so smart, you probably already pay close attention to exactly how much detergent you use.
But if you’ve been a little befuddled as I have, you may want to take a moment to investigate exactly how much detergent you need to do an average load of laundry and carefully measure out just that amount from now on – or even a bit less.
Small adjustments can add up over the long run, especially when many of us reduce our detergent usage a bit, load after load. We’ll all save money and help the environment. Shirley, that’s a win/win for everyone!
I also use the “cold” cycle for most loads, rinse just once, and hang our laundry on the clothesline whenever possible.
How do you manage the laundry operations in your household? Drop a comment below!
P.S. For another simple way to be green and save money, check out our scintillating post on how putting a bottle in our toilet tank saves us 3,000 gallons of water a year!