Get Rid of the Messy Laundry Detergent Cup Once and For All

My husband and I bought our front loading washer and dryer in November of 2007 – a whopping five years ago.  When I was a faithful coupon shopper, I bought detergent bottles where the top is screwed back on after use.  Those are the detergent bottles that hold anywhere from 32-64 loads.

However, I haven’t coupon shopped since I had our fourth baby {oh the shame!}.  And since my laundry life is a little on the high-maintenance side, I buy laundry detergent in the bulk-size containers exclusively now.

Since I’ve started using the bulk dispenser, my detergent cup consistently looks like this:

Awful, isn’t it?

Imagine my sheer delight when I removed the cup from a brand new detergent bottle and just happened to look at the bottom.  The cup states very clearly: Toss in wash or rinse and let dry.

Say what? My little detergent cup has looked disgusting on my beautifully organized washer top for the past two years?!

Just throw the detergent cup in with the load of clothes.

That’s laundry life changing information right there!


A Word of Caution About Your Laundry Detergent Cup

If you’re like me and this is brand new information, let me give you a word of caution: don’t throw the cup in with the wash every single time.  Only throw it in every 3-4 loads.

Front loading washers spin at extremely high speeds.  After washing my detergent cup repeatedly, it did warp and look like it wouldn’t make it to the end of the laundry bottle. So be cautious in just haphazardly throwing it in the wash every single load.


Which Detergent Has These Washable Cups?

While doing a monthly shopping trip at BJ’s this past weekend, I looked at all of the detergents in the laundry aisle.  All of the major brands – Tide, Arm & Hammer, All, Gain, Era – seem to have a cup that can be washed in the machine.

The brand name bulk fabric softeners – Downy, Gain, Snuggle – also contained this washable wonder cup.

So did you know?  Did you know those little cups can be thrown in the washing machine with the dirty clothes?  


  1. I had no idea it was printed right on there! My mum passed on that trick to me a year or two ago. My only difficulty is remembering not to put it in the dryer. 🙂

  2. I have always wondered how to keep that cup clean and I have never thought to read the lid. Thanks so much! Now I don’t have to look at a nasty laundry cup! 🙂

  3. Another tip: wipe it out with one of the pieces of clothing you just put in the washer… no waste and no dirty cap…

  4. I just rinse out my cup under the fill spout in the washer while it is filling up with water 🙂

  5. I did that for years. I saw my MIL do it and thought it was a great idea. It also made it into the dryer several times and never seemed to be damaged, but I don’t recommend that.

    Now I only use liquid laundry soap when I have super oily laundry or to treat stains. I’ve found that I like the way soap nuts work and the cost is much better than the liquid.

  6. I love using the bulk detergent. I always rinse out my cup in the water that is filling up the washer and mine has always looked clean. I just keep rinsing until clean and you have the perfect place and lots of force with the water filling up the washer.

  7. I always save my reusable caps from the bottle before and I rotate through so I use two cups at a time, one goes in the wash and the other is on stand-by for the next wash. It saves the cups from warping too much and I can throw in with every wash.

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