"I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10:9
Should I Follow Directions on the Label of My Laundry Soap (Detergent) and Shampoo?

I have been doing my own laundry for over 30 years and I have a very good idea how much detergent is needed to clean my clothes properly.  If your laundry soap is a powder it will come with a scoop and a liquid form will come with a cup that usually doubles as a cap.

The directions on the container will tell you to fill the measuring device to a particular level depending on the size of your load.  I have found the amount of soap needed to clean my clothes is considerably less than the directions dictate.  I would estimate a third of what the suggest is the actual amount needed to properly clean my clothes.

Why is that?  Money of course!  A company can make millions of dollars more a year if they can get their customers to use more of their product.  Multi-million dollar companies are always looking for ways to save-a-buck or expand their profits.  Think about it, they have to answer to shareholders and the bottom-line.  The easiest way for them to make some extra money is to get you to unnecessarily use more of their product.  Companys formerly did things because they were they right thing to do, cost came second.  Not anymore, what a shame.

Let me present a little formula so you can see how much money can be gained by exaggerating how much soap you really need to use.  Company "A" instructs you to use a full cup of laundry soap each load when it actually only takes half of a cup.  Each person will use twice as much soap a year than they actually need.  Each container costs $10 and a family of four uses 5 a year.  Company "A" is making $25 extra a family by lying about how much soap is actually required to clean your clothes.

Now, multiply the $25 figure by one million customers and the company just made $25 million dollars at the blink of an eye.  You tell me a single company that could resist such an easy way to make $25 million extra dollars a year.  This same thing goes for shampoo or any other similar product with "directions" for use.