"Patric Richardson, laundry expert and founder of the blog Laundry Evangelist, joined staff writer Jura Koncius last week for The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.
Q: Is it better to use washer liquid, powder or pods in the washing machine? Do you recommend diluting detergents?
A: I prefer soap flakes, but use liquid if you don’t have them. I would never use laundry pods because they have way too much detergent for one load. I would use less product instead of diluting; use maybe three tablespoons for a very full load. I never use softeners because I don’t like what they do to clothes. When you use less detergent, you will find your clothes are naturally soft."