This Detergent Trick Will Completely Change Your Laundry Day—for Good

Don't throw away your "empty" laundry detergent—until you try this money-saving trick. It's so simple!

Have you ever gotten to the end of the laundry detergent bottle and felt like there was liquid in there, but couldn’t pour it out? TikTok user @chixy38 was tired of tossing perfectly good detergent because it was stuck at the bottom of the bottle, so she shared an amazing hack to help us get every last drop of detergent—and save us so much money.

Open Your Laundry Detergent!

Seriously, you’re going to wonder why you never thought of this before. If your detergent bottle has a plastic pour spout on the top, grab an adjustable wrench or pliers. Use that tool to pop the pour spout off the top. You’ll have instant access to the detergent at the bottom of the bottle.

In this TikTok video, she was able to save enough detergent for seven more loads of laundry! Whoa.

@chixy38Do NOT throw your bottles away before you do this!!! #momlife #laundrytok #laundryhacks #moneysavinghacks♬ original sound – Chixy38

Did you know Gain and Tide can do more than clean your clothes? Find more uses for laundry detergent.

Got a Bottle With a Different Spout?

If your detergent bottle doesn’t have that kind of spout, @chixy38 showed another way to get the spout off. This time, all you need is a shoelace. She wraps it around the lip of the bottle top like a tourniquet, gives a tug and the top pops right off!

Here’s a look:

@chixy38Reply to @alyssapritchett03 #laundryhacks #laundrytok #momlife #moneysavingtips

♬ original sound – Chixy38

Editor’s Note: We tested the shoelace trick to remove the top of a Tide bottle, but weren’t able to make it work. If you find yourself in a similar situation, put the cap on and let the bottle sit overnight. Most of the remaining detergent will drain into the cap.

To get her money’s worth and every last drop of laundry soap out, @chixy38 also recommends flipping the topless bottles over into a cup and letting them sit overnight. This gives them enough time for the detergent to slowly drain from the bottom of the bottle.

@chixy38Reply to @chixy38 #momlife #laundrytok #laundryhacks #moneysavinghacks @vaneamaro91 I feel like you would want to know this 😅♬ original sound – Chixy38

Now that you know how to use all the detergent at the bottom of the bottle, check out this hack so you can clean your detergent cup! And after laundry day, you’ll want to try these genius uses for dryer sheets.

Lauren Naru
Lauren Naru writes about gift guides, sales, and must-have items for the kitchen and home. She loves a good deal is and is always on the hunt for super-savings and products that solve cooking problems. In her spare time, you’ll find her creating custom cookies for friends and family. Lauren lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley region.