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Are you using too much washing powder?

If you’re like me, you throw washing powder or detergent into the washing machine without checking exactly how much it really needs. Chances are you’re using too much, which can damage your washing machine. Here’s a quick guide on how to use the right dosage of washing powder.

With all the terms and symbols printed on labels and washing powder boxes, doing the laundry can seem like a bit of a science. What exactly do water hardness and dirt levels have to do with washing powder? Let’s find out.

Why is it important to get the dosage of washing powder right?

Using too much powder or detergent isn’t only a waste of money, it also damages your washing machine and requires more water than necessary. If you use too much powder or detergent, the water struggles to rinse off all the soap, leaving a residue on your clothing. Using too little powder means your clothes may not come out of the machine completely clean and may wear out faster due to limestone residue. This will cause your clothing to develop an unpleasant smell and lose absorbency.

Does the information on the washing powder box apply to my washing machine?

How much powder or detergent you should use depends on the water hardness and dirt level. The dirt level is easy to determine: If you’ve worn your clothes and just want them to smell fresh again, you’ll need less powder or detergent than if your clothes are heavily soiled. This is why it’s important to go through your dirty laundry beforehand and separate lightly from heavily stained clothing. Determining water hardness levels is trickier. This is a handy guide, which tells you how soft or hard the water is in the town or city you live in. The harder the water, the more dissolved minerals such as chalk, lime, calcium and magnesium it contains. The dosing information on the powder box or detergent bottle usually refers to 4.5 kg of laundry. If you’re washing half this amount, you only need half as much powder or detergent.

You don’t have a dosing device? Order one here – it’s free!

What about self-dosing washing machines?

Most dosing systems take factors such as dirt level, load weight, water hardness and textile type into account when calculating the ideal amount of powder or detergent.

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Tanja Schütz, Zurich

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Travelling to exotic countries, trying out yummy recipes and enjoying mild summer evenings with friends and family is what makes me happy. At work, I take care of the culinary department; at home, I’m an avid amateur chef. What’s more, I love the outdoors and seeking new impulses that add colour and joy to my life and the lives of others.

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User magak

Die meisten Dosierungssysteme berücksichtigen zur Berechnung der optimalen Waschmittelmenge Faktoren wie Verschmutzungsgrad, Beladungsmenge, Wasserhärte und Textilart.

Wisst Ihr per Zufall, wie diese Maschinen die Textilart erkennen? Das würd mich sehr interessieren.

13.02.2018
User sergio costa

Diese Maschinen erkennen die Textilart nicht. Die Textilart muss an der Maschine eingegeben werden. Darum haben solche Waschmaschinen mit Autodosierung so viele verschiedene Waschprogramme.

15.02.2018
User schillinger

Die Textilerkennung erfolgt über die Saugfähigkeit der Wäsche, ob die Wäsche viel oder wenig Wasser aufsaugt.

Unsere Bosch läuft nun sei 7 Jahren im Familieneinsatz. Die Dosierungsautomatik kann ich nur empfehlen!

03.06.2018
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