When using cleaners and other household products, it’s important to use the amount recommended. Using more pours money down the drain and can be bad for your appliances, your belongings, and the environment.
Colleen Tressler, consumer education specialist for the Federal Trade Commission, offers these tips that are good for your wallet and the planet:
Too much can make your clothes stiff and cause a buildup of mold and mildew in your machine that can shorten its life. Detergent "overpouring" creates a high, foamy tide that lifts soil and lint above the water level so it isn’t rinsed away. That leaves residue on clothing that fades colors and attracts more dirt. Detergent buildup inside the machine promotes odor and bacteria growth.