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Washing machines are one of the more convenient things that many of us have in our homes. They allow us to get our clothes clean without having to run out to a laundromat or going down to the river and scrubbing them on a rock.

Of course, we realize that there are only a few things we need to really care for when it comes to using the washing machine. We need to understand the settings, make sure the machine is plugged in, and use the right amount of laundry detergent.

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Laundry detergent is more than just something that keeps clothes clean, using too much of it can actually cause damage to the machine. In order to ensure that you are not using too much laundry detergent in your washing machine, watch for these signs.

Smelly Machine – If you have too much laundry detergent in the machine, it will begin to build up in hidden areas. It can lead to mold and mildew, along with a persistent smell that is very difficult to remove. If your machine smells, there are ways to get it smelling fresh again, but adjust your laundry detergent levels to keep it from becoming a problem again.

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Sudsy – Are there suds left after the cycle has finished? If this happens or if it overflows with suds, you are using too much laundry detergent. A washing machine that has extra bubbles is something that needs to be checked out. If it isn’t too much laundry detergent, it could be a plumbing problem.

Spots – If you are using too much laundry detergent, it’s not going to result in your clothes getting cleaner. In fact, you may actually end up with spots on your favorite shirt or it may not be as bright as it was in the past. When you have too much laundry detergent in the machine, it is difficult for the machine to rinse out.

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Along with the use of short-term problems, there may also be some other issues that last for a long time. Using too much laundry detergent over an extended amount of time can ruin your clothing, cause the machine to break down, and you may find yourself facing some expensive repair bills. Of course, you will also spend less money on detergent when you are using the appropriate amount of it.

Keep in mind that a front loading machine is not going to use as much detergent as a top-load machine. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the machine (or search for them online) to determine how much detergent should be in every load.


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