For the last several months I have been doing an experiment with my laundry. I have pretty much always know that the soap companies want you to use way to much product of course. Soap or detergent is actually really hard on your machine and your clothing, so that is one reason to cut back. It also makes it so you have to use dryer sheets. Since cutting way back on detergent, using cool or cold water for most loads, I have also found my clothes to be way less static-y. I use my dryer sheets for several loads because they just don't need the all that product now either. My clothes are clean, they smell great, more fresh then perfumy and I have just saved myself a ton of money, in machine repairs, product and wear and tear on my clothes.
For the last six months I have been using a front load washer for laundry. Before that I had a a large top loading machine. In both cases I really cut down on the amount of laundry detergent I was using on my clothes. While soil and perspiration take a toll on clothes so does washing them in a lot of detergent. So I decided to do a little experiment and take notice of how cutting down on laundry products would affect my clean clothes.
In both insistence's I noticed that the less detergent I used, the less static electricity my clothes had in the drying process. As a result of using less detergent I have also cut down on the use of dryer sheets.
I live in a cold climate so the use to dryer sheets was almost necessary because of how dry everything gets in the winter. I have now discovered however, that using less detergent is really the key to less static electricity in my clothes.
My clothes are still clean and fresh, they don't have a perfume smell to them as a result of the dryer sheets. I am saving money on laundry products.