Using laundry pod in washing machine

How to Use Laundry Pods: Your Questions Answered

Laundry pods have become increasingly popular in recent years, providing a convenient and mess-free way to do washing.

But many people still have questions about how to use laundry pods correctly.

So, if you’re a first-time user or want to enhance their performance, this guide is for you.

Learn how to get the most out of this innovative, pre-measured laundry product below.


Where Do You Put Laundry Pods in the Washing Machine?

Laundry pod in washing machine

Wondering where to place the laundry pods? The good news is that you can take the same approach for all machines.

Before loading your washing, place the pod directly into the drum, towards the back. Then add your clothes or sheets, leaving around a 10cm gap at the top.

Another way to think about it is to never load your machine more than three quarters full. That’s a good rule of thumb whether you’re using pods a not!

This will give the plastic polymer covered capsule access to enough water flow and free movement to dissolve as designed.  

Tip: Do not insert laundry pods into the dispenser drawer as they are unlikely to break down properly. In fact, they could even cause a blockage!


How Many Pods Should I Use in a Wash?

jeans and laundry detergent pods

The number of pods you need will depend on the brand, level of soiling and whether you live in a hard water area.

For example, if you are using Persil 3 in 1 Capsules, add one pod for standard washes and two for heavy soiling.

You’ll also need to double the dose if you have hard water, as this can reduce the detergent’s cleaning power.

Otherwise, one pod is typically enough for a 3-5 kg load, while 2 may be needed for 6 kg or more. But be sure to check your chosen product’s label for any specific instructions.


Do You Need Fabric Softener with Pods?

Do Fairy Non-Bio Pods Contain Fabric Softener

Again, this will depend on the brand and product you select. In most cases, however, laundry pods don’t generally include fabric conditioner.

The reason for this is that detergent is added during the early stages of the wash cycle. Softeners are added later after an initial rinse has removed most of the soap suds.

Likewise, products aimed at sensitive skin like Fairy Non-Bio Pods don’t contain fabric conditioner as it can cause skin irritation.

Even Ariel All-in-1 Pods and similarly named combination products, including those with scent boosters, don’t always include fabric conditioner.

Therefore it’s always best to read the packaging for clarification to avoid getting caught out.

Tip: try one cup of white vinegar instead of fabric softener as an all-natural alternative that is both eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.


Why Don’t my Laundry Pods Dissolve?

While most laundry pods are designed to dissolve in cold water, some may only activate at a minimum of 30°C.

Other possible reasons for pods not dispersing correctly include overfilling your machine or not putting them into the drum first. And this may result in streaked clothing.

What to do if you residue on clothes

If you do spot streaky residue on your clean laundry, don’t panic. Brush off what you can with a clean bristle brush – a nail brush will work – then rinse with warm water.

If the mark is still visible, rewash the items without any detergent. You can also add a cup of white vinegar to the fabric conditioner drawer to break down any remaining deposits.

Check the affected garments again before tumble drying, as dried-on stains will be much harder to remove later.


How Should I Store Laundry Pods?

wool sweaters and laundry detergent pods

There are two key things to consider when it comes to storing laundry pods correctly.

The first is to keep them away from moisture to prevent the water-soluble plastic casing dissolving before use.

Another important factor is safety. Laundry pods often contain colourful detergent mixtures, which makes them appealing to young children, despite their potential toxicity.

With those things in mind, always store laundry pods in the original packaging on a high shelf.

Keep them out of direct sunlight and away from water and heat sources which may make the pods sticky. Ensure your hands are dry when handling them and seal the container after use.