Even when the recommended amount of laundry detergent seems inadequate, it's best to follow the instructions on the container. Adding too much soap to your washing machine can prevent your clothes from getting clean, or worse: leave them dirtier than they were initially. As Apartment Therapy reports, detergent makers warn against using more than the recommended amount of their product per load. When there are too many of them, they stop clothes from scrubbing against each other in the washing machine and getting as clean as they could be. Here are more tips for cleaning tricky laundry messes that don't involve using too much detergent.