First I put the clothes in the washer, then I turn it on, while the water is going in the washer, I pour the soap where the water is streaming in. I guess this is wrong. Also, I inadvertently bought high efficiency soap but read on the Internet it is still ok to use in a regular washer. It's just formulated to sud less but will still work in a regular washer without having to use more. HE soap is more the norm now, it's hard to find regular liquid soap. Laundry day is several times a week.