Technology is constantly evolving to make everyday tasks in our lives even easier, including doing laundry. Washing machines used to come with a lot fewer features than they do now, and most didn’t even have a detergent dispenser.
In a washing machine without a dispenser, you’ll need to add liquid detergent directly into the drum. You should do this as the washing water is filling up for the best clean.
Older models of washing machines are still pretty common and if you’ve never used one before, you may be unsure of how to add detergent to a machine without a dispenser. Read on to learn all you need to know in our guide about adding laundry detergent.
Can I Put Liquid Detergent in the Drum?
Liquid detergent should be added directly to the drum in machines that don’t have a detergent dispenser. You need to add in the detergent as the water is filling up your washer to ensure they mix well. Add your clothes after the detergent and water have mixed for best results.
Can I Put Laundry Pods in the Drum?
Laundry pods need to mix with water so they disintegrate and work properly. You should add them to the drum as the water is filling up for the best results. Laundry pods can cause stains if they don’t get a chance to mix with the water before coming into contact with your clothes.
Can I Put Powder Detergent in the Drum?
Powder detergent works similarly to liquid detergent and pods. It needs to mix with water before you add your clothes in order to clean your clothes properly and avoid leaving behind an unpleasant residue. If your washer doesn’t have a detergent dispenser then you need to add powder detergent to the drum as the water is filling up so they can mix properly.
Why Should You Avoid Placing Laundry Detergent on Top of Clothes?
You should never put your laundry detergent on top of your clothes. When the detergent is sitting on top of your laundry it won’t be able to dissolve completely as the washer is filling up with water. This can leave your clothes with a film after washing and can even cause stains.
This is the general rule of thumb for laundry pods, and liquid and powder detergent. Powder detergent can become clumpy if you add it on top of your clothes and leave an unpleasant residue. Always make sure your choice of detergent can mix with water to avoid these issues.
When Should I Add my Laundry Detergent?
Laundry detergent is designed to be mixed with water. You should add your detergent while your washer is filling up with water, and then add your clothes. This will allow the detergent to dissolve and disperse evenly throughout the water before coming into contact with your clothes. This is the best way to get your clothes properly clean and prevent stains or residues on your clothes.
Do You Have To Use Detergent Dispensers in Washing Machines?
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best use out of your detergent dispenser. Generally, if your washer has a detergent dispenser then you should be adding your detergent to it for the best clean possible. Most front-loading washers have a detergent dispenser and you should use that for your liquid detergents.
Most people are able to use the detergent dispenser for their powder detergents as well, without clumping becoming an issue, but you should always check the manufactures instructions just to be safe.
You should never put laundry pods into your machine’s detergent dispenser. They won’t be able to disintegrate with the water properly and won’t work to clean your clothes. Always add your pods directly into the washer’s drum.
You want your clothes to get a good clean and come out smelling fresh. Older models won’t always have a detergent dispenser for you to use, and it’s important to know how to properly add your detergent to get the best clean possible.
Always add your detergent to your washer’s drum as the water is filling up and before you add your clothes. This will allow the detergent to mix with the water and prevent any stains or film from being left on your clothes.
Front-loading washers almost always have a detergent dispenser and they’re usually safe to use for powder as well as liquid detergents. Never put laundry pods in your machine’s detergent dispenser and always check the manufacturer’s instructions to get the best use out of your machine.
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