When it’s laundry day, there’s an assumption that if you get your clothes “extra clean,” they’ll stay cleaner, longer. But the reality is that adding a little bit more laundry detergent or choosing the “heavy wash” option on the machine actually can do more harm than good. Too much detergent means the machine won’t be able to wash out the soap properly. This can not only leave a film and break down fibers, but it also can become an odor and dirt magnet when you wear your clothes. And choosing the heavy-duty setting doesn’t mean extra-clean clothing; it means whatever you’re washing is getting extra wear and tear.
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