How much powder is needed for a good wash? Each housewife has her own answer to this question, and more is not always better. After all, it is not only the degree of contamination of the laundry that matters, but also its quantity, water hardness, type of fabric, volume of water used and washing mode.
We usually dose the powder based on the information on its packaging. But the fact is that manufacturers of detergents are interested in increasing sales, and not in saving our budget. Therefore, it makes sense to heed the recommendations of experts.
On average, the following standards are indicated on most powders.
- For lightly soiled laundry – 185 ml / 150 g of powder per drum load.
- For heavy dirt – 280 ml / 225 g of powder per drum load.
Exceeding them leads to white stains on clothes, clogging of the removable powder tray of the washing machine and an unpleasant odor from the drum.
However, independent experts considered that with normal water hardness, it is quite enough to pour 1 tablespoon (25 g) of powder into the washing machine per 1 kilogram of dry laundry. For soft water, this amount can be reduced to 15 grams. For example, in order to wash 4 kg of laundry in hard water, you will need 100 grams of powder.
And CHOICE expert Ashley Airdale goes even further. “We’ve found that you can get a great wash with only a third of the recommended detergent dosage,” Mr. Ayerdale said on the Today show.
Difference between powder and liquid laundry detergents
Airdale also focused on the criteria for choosing between detergent and liquid detergents. According to the expert, the powder copes better with fresh stains, as well as with strong stains on white things, but sometimes it can leave marks on clothes.
Liquid products do not leave marks on laundry, are better at removing sweat marks, but still lag a little when it comes to tricky stains. “As a rule, powders are superior to liquids. After all, your liquid is basically a powder mixed with water, so you pay for water, ”explained the consumer products expert.
If you use a powder, but it leaves a whitish streak on your clothes, you can turn it into a liquid. Just dissolve it in water before placing it in the machine. This is how you leverage the strengths of powder products and eliminate their disadvantages.
Where to put dry powder in the automatic machine
Powder trays may look different in different brands of washing machines. They are usually divided into three parts. To understand which parts are for what, marking will help.
The number 1 or the letter “A” usually denotes the compartment into which the powder is loaded during the pre-wash. For example, I rarely use it. Number 2 or letter “B” corresponds to the compartment for the main wash cycle. It is usually the largest. An asterisk or flower marks the container for rinse aid, softener and conditioner.
If your typewriter has no markings or is not visible, a simple experiment will help. Run the machine in a quick wash without soaking. Open the tray and see where the water flows. This part of the tray will be compartment II (B).