Dear Home-Ec 101,
I have what is probably a stupid question, but I’d really love an answer. If I have a particularly dirty load of laundry (say, woke up to find the cat had puked on the bed), does it do any good to add extra laundry detergent? In other words, does more detergent=cleaner laundry?
Kickin’ The Cat
Actually, no, more laundry detergent is not better, and your clothes will definitely not come cleaner if you add more. There actually may be more residue left on your clothing after using more detergent than is recommended. If you have something that is especially dirty and want to get it cleaner, pre-treat with a stain remover, and then wash it in a smaller load than usual, but using the same setting on the washer. (For example, if you usually wash on “large load”, then keep it on large, but wash a small load) The additional water flowing through your clothes should help in getting the item cleaner.
And why is it that cats always puke on the bed? Mine do too! Argh!
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