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How to use laundry detergent sheets: A step-by-step guide

Laundry detergent sheets are becoming increasingly popular as people integrate more sustainable laundry practices into their daily routines. These thin, dissolvable sheets of concentrated laundry detergent combine convenience with eco-friendliness for those in search of alternative cleaning options.

Keep reading to learn how to use laundry detergent sheets and find out the ideal laundry detergent for your family.

How to use laundry detergent sheets

Given that laundry detergent sheets are a more recent cleaning innovation, there may be a learning curve when it comes to understanding how to use them. Follow the steps below to discover how to use laundry detergent sheets.

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1. Load your washing machine

Be sure to refer to the instructions on the laundry detergent sheets’ packaging to determine the best first step. Some manufacturers may recommend adding the detergent sheet first. If there’s no guidance on when to add the sheet, start by loading your clothes into your laundry machine.

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2. Add the laundry detergent sheet

Add a laundry sheet directly into your washing machine. Follow the recommended amount of detergent sheets to use per your specific load. Depending on the type of laundry detergent sheet you have, you may need to add more than one.

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3. Start the wash cycle

Select the appropriate laundry settings for your load and start the wash cycle.

What are laundry detergent sheets?

Laundry detergent sheets are thin, dissolvable strips of concentrated detergent. These sheets make it simple to determine the exact amount of detergent you need for a given load and are typically packaged with eco-friendly materials such as paper boxes vs. plastic containers. However, they may be harder to find in stores than common liquid or powdered detergents.

Pros and cons of laundry detergent sheets

Laundry detergent sheets have both benefits and drawbacks. They’re typically sold in eco-friendly packaging, can be convenient to use while traveling and their pre-measured design can help you better understand how much detergent you need to use. However, they may not clean heavily soiled items as effectively as powdered or liquid detergents.

Explore Swash® laundry detergent1

Laundry detergent sheets aren’t the only detergent that stand out from the large, brightly colored bottles lining the shelves. Swash® laundry detergent comes in a smaller bottle, and with an 8x concentrated formula, you can use less detergent per load and still get the clean you want. The Auto-Stop Top will automatically stop dispensing detergent when you have the right amount, so there’s no guess and no mess.

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Laundry detergent sheets vs. liquid detergent

Laundry detergent sheets are low-sudsing, dissolve in water and may not be as easily accessible as other detergent options. Liquid detergent dissolves in cold and warm water, can be used to pretreat items and may be effective if you’re trying to treat grease or oil stains. Since there are benefits to each type of laundry detergent, compare detergents to find the ideal solution for you.  

Explore Whirlpool® Washers

Whirlpool® Washers are designed with an array of helpful features that let you put more care into every load of laundry. Select Whirlpool® Top Load Washers feature a 2 in 1 Removable Agitator so you can customize any load to care for clothes the way you want. Select Whirlpool® Front Load Washers feature a 12-Hour FanFresh® Option that tumbles clothes even after the cycle ends, so clothes stay fresh until you’re ready to finish the load.

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