How to Use Laundry Detergent Pods Correctly

Single-dose laundry detergent pods found their way into the laundry market and revolutionized the industry. The pods are convenient, effective and relatively simple to use, making them a popular choice for college students. Here’s how to use laundry detergent pods correctly.

How Many Laundry Detergent Pods Should I Use?
In the ranking of laundry detergents, single-dose pods laundry detergent pods cost the most to use per load than liquid or powder detergents. Therefore, use the right amount and make sure you get your money’s worth. For a regular load of laundry, one pod is enough. When doing an extra-large load with enough clothes to fill a front-loading washer that holds up to 20 pounds, use two pods. 

Adding Pods to Washing Machines
Laundry detergent pods work best in standard top load washers and high-efficiency top-loading and front-loading washers. Washers with automatic detergent or fabric softener dispensers don’t mix well with pods. Therefore, never place pods in dispenser drawers, only in the drum. 

Single-dose pods dissolve completely in both warm and cold water. However, the weather can affect the pod’s ability to dissolve. In the winter if the water is colder than usual, the pod may not dissolve all the way. If this is a recurring issue, dissolve the pod in hot water first and then add that to the washer before doing your laundry. 

The most important rule to remember when it comes to laundry detergent pods is to always add the pods to the drum before adding the clothes and water. A pod placed on top of clothes might not dissolve all the way. This leaves you with streaks and spotting from detergent being left on wet clothes. Streaking also occurs if the washer is overloaded and there isn’t enough water for the pod to dissolve. 

Avoiding Streaking and Spotting
Laundry appears streaked and spotted when a pod isn’t dissolved all the way. When this happens, rewash the clothes immediately without adding any detergent. Choose the largest load capacity setting to make sure all the clothes get hit with enough water. Additionally, never place detergent-stained clothes into a dryer because the heat makes the stain more difficult to remove later. 

Additional Tips
Laundry detergent pods should always be kept away from children, pets and any vulnerable adults. Call emergency services immediately if the poison is ingested or any of the product squirts into eyes. 

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