Persil recommends that around 110ml of powder is ideal for a single load of washing in the machine. They also advise adding an extra 100ml of powder if your clothes are very heavily soiled, or if you’re planning to use the pre-wash setting on your washing machine. Read about this in more detail in Persil’s dosing guide.
For liquid detergents, the recommended dose is only 35ml (rising to 52ml for heavily soiled clothing) because it is far more concentrated than powder. For capsules, it’s one capsule per wash, and for washing tablets, it’s between 1 and 4 tablets depending on water hardness.
Getting the correct dosage of washing capsules and tablets is simple – the dosage is already pre-measured so all you have to do is pop the correct number into the washing machine. However, for laundry powders and washing detergents, a little more effort is required. The good news is that brands such as Persil offer free dosing devices to ensure you get optimal results each and every time you wash. The washing powder scoop perfectly measures out 110ml, while the dosing ball measures 35ml.
It’s important to remember that these dosing guidelines are just that – guidelines! Nothing is set in stone, and you may find that different manufacturers recommend different amounts of product. Use your initiative when it comes to your washing, but remember that the manufacturer’s recommendations are the best way to use these products safely and effectively. If your clothes are very heavily soiled or stained, or if you’re in an area that’s known for having particularly hard water, you may need to use a little more detergent.
Similarly, if you just want to give your clothes a quick refresh, you may be able to use less detergent.