Monday, March 22, 2010

Coming clean about detergent: You use too much!

Every once in a while someone gives voice to what you’ve been thinking for years, yet never thought to say out loud.

Like this New York Times column suggesting that the recommended amount of laundry detergent is way, WAY too much. Says we should be using one-quarter to one-eighth the amount shown on the little ‘fill’ lines inside the cap:

The detergent companies have lots of incentive to make us use more detergent, but no reason to encourage us to be frugal with their product. Same with dishwasher soap.

Now the experts chime. They say it’s not just wasteful (and more polluting) but it’s bad for the machines, too. Beautiful. One more reason to use a little bit less stuff.



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