Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Clothing & accessories, Home & Living
Will HE (High Efficiency) laundry detergent work well in a regular washing machine?
While you should not use regular laundry detergent in HE washing machines (not even a smaller amount), Wisk’s HE site assures us that it’s perfectly okay to use HE detergent in your non HE machine.
If you’re using a HE detergent, however, the amount you use may differ — you might need to experiment a little — and you will see fewer soap suds. (Some brands, like Purex, have reformulated their detergents to work in all machines, and favor the HE blend.)
HE machines use anywhere from 1/5 to 2/3 of the water that traditional washing machines use, and often utilize different a different cleaning action, therefore need detergent that work with low-water and without creating a lot of suds. The American Cleaning Institute notes that HE detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing, quick-dispersing and to hold soils and dyes in suspension in low water volumes, so they don’t re-deposit onto cleaned laundry.
Bottom line: Even if you don’t have a new washer with the HE logo on it, you can make use of high-efficiency detergents right now.
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