How Much Washing Powder Should I Use

Using a washing machine to do the laundry is an unfortunate fact of life I am afraid, it’s just something we’ve got to do. But while it isn’t really much fun the good news is it’s usually pretty simple.

Now, of course, there’s some variation to that statement you need to know what clothes can go in safely together for one thing. And you need to know what settings will work with what clothes and how to safely load your washing machine as well. But that will all come with time but if there’s one thing that won’t it’s the washing powder.

OK, I don’t mean the different types of washing powder available like tablets, powders and liquids I mean the amount you need to use. This isn’t something that is always easy to solve after all does it depend on how many clothes you’re putting in, the types of clothes or the wash cycle you’ve chosen?

Or does none of that make any difference to the amount of washing powder you need to use? Well let’s find out, shall we? Below we’ve taken a look at all the types of washing powder and worked out the best amounts to use. With our guide, you’ll never be stuck wondering if you’ve used too much or not enough in your next wash.

Washing Powder Guidelines

So, let’s see how we can help you make sure you always use the right amount of washing powder, liquid or tablets! Whatever type of detergent you use we can help you make sure you always use the right amount in the majority of cases.

Washing Powder

washing powder

Washing powder is the most popular type of detergent and it’s often the cheapest detergent as well but it’s also the most difficult detergent to judge. With washing powder, it can be very tricky to find out how much you should use, should you full up the tray to the top or not?

Well some experts have shared their own opinion on that, Persil the laundry detergent brand officially recommends 110ml of washing powder for a single load of washing. However, they also recommend increasing this by a further 100ml of washing powder if the clothes are more heavily soiled.

Liquid Detergents

Liquid Detergent

Liquid detergents may be more pricey (on average) but they do usually feature conditioner as well, so you’ll get softer clothes with every wash. However, knowing how much to use per wash is still going to be a problem for most people but we can help.

If your clothes are more heavily soiled, then the average dose needed for a thorough clean is going to be around 50ml on average. However, for a more general wash, you should be fine with a 30 – 35ml amount of detergent per wash. Because liquid detergent is a lot more concentrated than washing powder you can get away with using less per wash.

Washing Capsules/ Tablets

Washing Capsules

Whether you call them washing tablets or capsules this more modern (by detergent standards) way to wash your clothes is very popular with people from all walks of life. While they are usually the most expensive detergent variant on average they are also the easiest to measure because the tablets are designed to have the correct amount already.

Although if you are dealing with more heavily stained clothes then you might need to use more than one tablet per wash. So, really all you need to do is think about how dirty the clothes are and then use the right amount of tablet per wash.

How Accurate Is This Advice?

While our advice is based on research and the professional opinion of detergent manufacturers it’s important to remember that it is just advice and general guidance. When it comes to using the right amount of detergent (no matter what variant) you can go a long way just by using some common sense.

If your clothes are very dirty or you’re dealing with thicker materials use a little more but if the clothes just need a quick freshen up use a little less. You should also always check the boxes/ bottles your detergent comes in as well because there is some good advice listed there in the majority of cases.

Why Is This Important?

Using the right amount of detergent is important for a number of reasons, if you use too much it might not wash out properly and you will usually need to send your clothes through another wash cycle. It can also cause a soap scum build-up that can lead to further problems. But on the flipside, if you use too little detergent then it will likely mean your clothes won’t be fully cleaned.

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