Clean Your Dirty Laundry Detergent Cup with This Genius Trick

Can you put the laundry detergent cup in the washer? It's time to see if this trick works.

So, it’s a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. The weather’s nice. You’ve still got one more day of the weekend. Maybe you’ve baked some cookies, or you’re thinking about what you’re making for dinner. All is well. But as time passes, you feel something watching you; it’s your laundry hamper, overflowing with the week’s dirty shirts, pants, socks and everything else. And it’s laughing at you.

If you’re anything like us, you put off doing this chore until the last possible second. I mean, is there anyone out there who actually enjoys the whole washing, then drying, then folding, then putting-away process? And then there’s the whole “detergent cup” thing. You’ve gotta rinse it out over and over again to expunge that goo, and even once you’ve swished water around in there for the tenth time, there’s still sludge slinking around in the corners. What gives?!

Courtesy of TikTok, here’s a detergent trick that’ll improve one of your most-dreaded weekly tasks.

How to Clean a Detergent Cup

Turns out, you can just throw the laundry detergent cup, gunk and all, into the washer with your clothes. We have TikTok user @salmaelrashid to thank for finding a way around this frustration, and we really couldn’t be happier.

Don’t believe us? Check out the video:

@salmaelrashid 😁#laundryhack #lifehack #fyp ♬ original sound – Erica Horacek

It’s true—putting the cup in the washer totally eliminates this frustration. Why did we never think of that before? We won’t make this laundry mistake again for sure!

Dread doing the laundry? Our team found the best laundry products that actually make the chore more fun.

Want More Life Hacks From TikTok?

This isn’t the only TikTok household-cleaning trick that’ll vastly improve your life. Check out this method of getting stains out of Tupperware, which is pretty much guaranteed to breathe new life into your pasta-stained containers. And if you follow this video, you need never smell a stinky garbage disposal again.

And last, but certainly not least, if you don’t know your dishwasher has a filter, you really need this trick—and the cleaning method it recommends—in your life, ASAP.

Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.