Are you doing your laundry wrong? Expert reveals the massive mistake you’re making when washing clothes – and his trick for saving a fortune on detergent each year
- A consumer expert has revealed the common laundry mistake people make
- Ashley Iredale said why you don’t need to clean your clothes with a full scoop
- He explained that you can get away with as little as a quarter of detergent
A consumer expert has revealed thousands of Australians are using far more laundry detergent than they actually need to do their washing.
CHOICE’s whitegoods expert Ashley Iredale said you still get the same results when you wash your clothes with less than half of the recommended dose of detergent.
‘We’ve found that you can get a great wash using a fraction of the recommended dose of detergent,’ Mr Iredale told Today show.
Depending on which detergent you use, he said you can get away with using ‘as little as a third or even a quarter of the scoop’, saving yourself hundreds of money a year.
A consumer expert has revealed thousands of Australians are using far more laundry detergent than they actually need to do their washing (stock image)
The difference between powder and liquid laundry detergents
Choosing between powder and liquid depends on the type of stain you’re dealing with, the characteristics of your washing machine and personal preference.
Powders perform best on general and fresher stains as well as heavier soiling and whites – but can sometimes leave a white, powdery residue on clothes.
Liquid detergents are getting better at removing perspiration stains – better than powder in some cases – but still fall behind a little when it comes to general stains.
If you have a high-efficiency washing machine that uses very little water, then a good liquid detergent is the best way to avoid white powdery patches being left on your clothes.
During previous tests, the experts found many laundry detergents performed just as well on all stains at half the recommended dose.
And when it comes to choosing between laundry powder and liquid, Mr Iredale explained why it depends on the features of your washing machine, as well as your personal preference.
‘Traditionally, we found that powders always outperform liquids. But your liquid is basically powder mixed with water so you’re paying for water,’ he explained.
But despite this, he said in recent years, the experts found a number of laundry liquids that have ‘upped their game’ and performed better than powder.
If you have a water efficient washing machine, Mr Iredale suggested using liquid instead of powder.
‘Powders might not fully dissolve,’ he explained.
However, there’s a simple trick for turning powder into liquid.
‘If you’re using powder, dissolve it in water first before you put it in the machine,’ Mr Iredale said.
CHOICE’s whitegoods expert Ashley Iredale (pictured) said you still get the same results if you wash your clothes with just half or even less of the recommended dose of laundry detergent
The experts found powders perform best on fresher stains, as well as heavier soiling and whites – but can sometimes leave a ‘white, powdery residue’ on clothes.
While liquid laundry detergents are perfect for those with a high-efficiency washing machine that uses very little water.
According to Canstar Blue, laundry powder offers the most cost-effective laundry.
‘The main drawbacks for powders are suitability for delicate fabrics, and concerns about white residue left on dark fabrics. This is where liquid proves a clear winner,’ the consumer review website claimed.
‘Despite powder being an overall stronger performer, many people choose liquid for the convenience factor plus concerns about powder leaving a build-up inside the washing machine.’
Best laundry detergents of 2021
1. Omo Laundry Detergent Triple Capsules Front ($22): 85%
2. Coles Ion Laundry Liquid Concentrate Colours Front ($9): 84%
3. Coles Ion Laundry Liquid Concentrate Original Front ($9): 84%
4. Coles Ion Laundry Capsules Original Front ($24): 82%
5. Dynamo Professional 7 Actions In 1 Wash Front ($20): 82%
6. Dynamo Professional Oxi Plus Front ($20): 82%
7. Omo Laundry Detergent Ultimate Front ($22): 82%
8. Dynamo Professional Deep Clean Odour Eliminating Front ($20): 81%
9. Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid Front ($7.99): 80%
10. Omo Laundry Detergent Active Front ($22): 80%
11. Omo Laundry Detergent Ultimate Front ($22): 80%
12. Omo Laundry Detergent Ultimate Sensitive Front ($22): 80%