Many of our clients are shocked when they find out that the cause of their washing machine malfunction was from using too much laundry detergent. Many believe the malfunction has arose from a manufacturer defect and not because of something they have done. The reality of many washing machine repairs are caused by an improper use of laundry detergent. To fully understand what we are talking about, you first need to understand why washer problems may arise from too much laundry soap.
Warning Signs That You Are Using Too Much Laundry Detergent
Over the past decade or so, federal regulations have been put out to reduce the amount of water that is used per load in every washing machine. This means, that if you are using the same amount of detergent that you did with an older machine, you are likely using too much soap. Having less water means that you have less to break down the soap and it leaves behind soap scum, residue, and scale behind. This leads to bigger problems for owners with newer, more efficient washing machines.
If you like the amount of detergent you use in your clothes because of the scent, you can try to bypass this by using an extra rinse or pre-wash cycle to add more water to breakdown the soap. It is best practices to reduce the amount of soap you are using to a tablespoon per load.
Here are the top 3 signs that you are using too much soap:
1.Washer boots are slimy
2.Washer has a pungent odour
3.Dark spots on the door boot
So How Much Soap Should You Use?
1. Never overload your washer
It is okay to fill your washer ¾ full but never exceed this amount.
2. Read the manufacturer’s recommendation on soap use
Your product manufacturer will have suggested types of soaps and amounts
3. We always recommend clients to use 1 tablespoon of detergent per a regular size load
4. Always measure the detergent amount
Always ensure to measure when using laundry detergent, do not free pour
5. Most newer washers require high efficiency soaps
High efficient soaps are made with sud suppressors to reduce the amount of suds produced from washing and mixing with water. Remember that most common washing
malfunctions arise from over sudsing.
6. Clean your washer monthly