I used to use WAY too much detergent! As in, I would almost fill up the measuring lid on the jug!
Now I probably use about 1/4 to 1/8 as much as I used to, and my clothes are still clean and smell just as fresh.
I start by letting the water run in the lid, rinsing out the detergent. Then I let the machine completely fill up before I add any clothes.
My biggest laundry secret is to let the machine agitate for 20-30 seconds before you add the clothes. This makes the most of your detergent, and gets the water nice and sudsy.
Then I add the clothes/towels/sheets etc., and use my handy dandy laundry spoon to push them all down into the water.
Then wash as normal!
Isn't laundry fun?
If I am tardy to the party on this one, please just nod your head, pat me on the back, and tell me what a good job I am doing.