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I've suspected for a long time I was using more than necessary. Just heard this tip and it works! Use the detergent's cap to measure. After you pour the soap into the washer, drop the cap in with the dirty clothes. Only caveat is to remember to retrieve the cap when you transfer the clothes to the dryer.
Using the manufacturers recommended amount of shampoo, detergent or any other item in your home could save you money. How often do you fill the Laundry detergent cap to the wrong level? Do you use a quarter size amount of shampoo and conditioner? Are you washing excess toothpaste down the drain every morning? Face wash, lotions, cleaners all add up at the register. Read the labels, start measuring more carefully and save!
Laundry detergent usually says "Fill cap to line 1," but it's impossible to see line 1, so we just fill up the cap, right? This uses 4x as much soap as you need! Take a permanent marker and mark line 1 inside the cap (you'll need a bright light to find it). Only fill to that line -- even for extra-large loads. Your clothes will get just as clean, and you'll save tons of money!
For powdered detergents, mark the measuring scoop the same way -- or use an old 1/4 cup measure as a scoop.
For front-loading washers, use even less soap (about 2 T)!
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