household tip

I never realized that more soap doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a cleaner wash! Such a simple little change we’ve made (thanks to my Dad who forwarded this article to me) and its really made a difference. Not only are our drinking glasses less filmy, but our towels and clothes are less stiff. Bonus that we’re saving money. (And I would imagine that if millions of people do the same, it’s probably better for the environment, even if you’re already using eco-friendly detergent.)

Go Easy on the Detergent

Here is Mr. Schmidt’s test to determine if you’re oversoaping. Take four to six clean bath towels, put them in your front-loading washing machine (one towel for a top loader). Don’t add any detergent or fabric softener. Switch to the hot water setting and medium wash and run it for about five minutes.

Check for soap suds. If you don’t see any suds right away, turn off the machine and see if there is any soapy residue. If you see suds or residue, it is soap coming out of your clothes from the last wash.

“I’ve had customers that had to run their towels through as many as eight times to get the soap out,” Mr. Schmidt said, who lives in Indiana. […]

Too much soap is also a problem in dishwashers and can cause dishes and glasses to look filmy. Again, check the detergent container for recommended amounts — you definitely don’t have to fill up the entire soap container in the dishwasher.

*Sidenote: a few years ago, a friend of mine who worked at an environmental health research group at Columbia University informed me of the dangers of dryer sheets (they contain phthalates, which are especially dangerous for children.) Liquid fabric softener is the worst.

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