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How to Use Laundry Detergent Pods Correctly

Nowadays we make our clothing clean with the help of a washing machine and a wide variety of detergents. 10 years ago, detergent pods were introduced to the world. However, even now, not everyone knows how to use them correctly. At the same time, it’s a very convenient product.

With the help of 5-Minute Crafts, you’ll know how to use laundry detergent pods correctly.

What are detergent pods?

A laundry pod is a small container filled with concentrated liquid detergent in a measured dose. Sometimes these pods also contain powdered ingredients. This product was introduced to the market in 2012 and has gained great popularity ever since.

The outer wrapping of a laundry pod is a water-soluble polymer (polyvinyl alcohol). The capsules use low-sudsing detergents. This is especially good for washing machines that use a small amount of water during the last rinse. A small amount of suds doesn’t make the wash less effective. On the contrary, too many suds can redeposit soil on clothes.

Types of laundry detergents

  • Washing powder is a loose product, which is dosed using a scoop. The powder goes into the detergent drawer of a washing machine.
  • Liquid detergent is a liquid laundry product sold in bottles. The right amount of this detergent is usually measured using a bottle cap and poured into the detergent drawer.
  • Laundry pods are special capsules containing the right dose of concentrated detergent. They are usually sold in boxes. The pods are placed directly into the drum of a washing machine.
  • Laundry tablets are small blocks of compressed washing powder. They are usually sold in boxes. Before washing, a tablet should be placed in the detergent drawer.

Laundry pods, pros and cons

Pros:

  • Simplicity: Pods don’t require dosing. The right amount of detergent is already measured and sealed in the capsule.
  • Convenience: As a rule, it’s more convenient to store a box of pods than a bottle. In addition, pods are easier to carry along.
  • Cleanliness: When pouring liquid detergent into the detergent drawer, it’s easy to spill it. It’s even more complicated with powder detergent: it can get into neighboring drawers or fall on the floor. This will never happen with pods.

Cons:

  • They are not suitable for stain pre-treatment. Liquid detergent can be applied to the stain before washing, but this is not possible with a pod.
  • Price: The price of laundry pods is often higher than powder and liquid detergents.

How to use pods

There are a few important rules for washing with pods.

  • Make sure your hands are dry before taking a pod. Otherwise, it may dissolve before washing.
  • Place the pod into an empty drum.
  • Load in the dirty laundry.
  • Set the washing temperature according to the instructions on the package. Most capsules dissolve at any temperature.
  • Start washing.
  • Reseal the box. Store it in a dry and cool place.

How much detergent to use

One of the main advantages of laundry pods is that you don’t have to measure out the right amount of detergent.

1 pod should be enough for 15 pounds of laundry. If you have an extra-large capacity washing machine (more than 22 pounds) and you’ve fully loaded it, it’s better to put in 2 pods.

The main principles of washing with pods

  • Optimal loading: Don’t overload your washing machine. Pods require enough space to move freely and dissolve well. When loading, it’s recommended to leave about 4 inches between the laundry and the top of the drum.
  • Correct temperature: In order to determine the optimal temperature for washing, carefully read the packaging of the pods and clothing labels. If the instructions say that you need to use a temperature above 85°F, it means that the pod will only activate and dissolve if you set the machine at that temperature.
  • Put the capsule in first, placing it on the bottom of the drum. Only then should you load the laundry.

Safety

  • Laundry pods are totally safe for the washing machine. They are great for front and top loaders.
  • The pod wrapping is a water-soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) film. This material is safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable.
  • Pods dissolve in water, so they can’t clog the sewer. Make sure you use them according to the instructions.
  • Laundry pods can attract children because they look like candy. So keep them away from children and pets.

Problems that can be caused by laundry pods

  • If you see that your pods don’t dissolve in the washing machine, soak them beforehand. To do this, take a container with warm water (about 1 liter) and dissolve a pod in it. Add the resulting liquid directly to the drum of the washing machine before loading dirty laundry.
  • If laundry pods get stuck in the washing machine door, you may be placing them on top of your dirty laundry. If this is not the reason, try setting a different temperature or use a different brand of pods.
  • If the laundry pods consistently leave marks on your clothes, make sure you wash them at the right temperature, put the pod down, and don’t overload your machine. This can also happen when using too many pods. In most cases, 1 pod is enough for 1 load.

What to do if you find residue on your clothes

If a pod doesn’t fully dissolve during washing, residue may remain on the clothes. This usually happens when the washing machine is overloaded.

In this case, you need to wash the soiled clothes again, but without adding pods or powder detergent. At the same time, watch the loading of the machine — the clothes should move freely in the water.

Don’t put items with residue on them into the dryer. Exposure to high temperatures will make these marks more difficult to remove.

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