Can I use regular detergent in a high-efficiency washing machine?

Question by : Can I use regular detergent in a high-efficiency washing machine?
I just purchased a new home, which has a front-loading high-efficiency washing machine in it. A few months ago, I stocked up on my usual laundry detergent (Tide Free liquid) when a good sale came through, and I still have two bottles of it left. Can I use this in my new washing machine without concern? I’ve heard that if my washing machine breaks down while under warranty and they determine from the residue in the machine that I’ve been using regular detergent, my warranty will be void.

Best answer:

Answer by Kikuyu
IF it is tide free H.E. would be no problem as is a low suds type

if the standard type don’t use it as will not operate properly .and better of giving away than using.

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Question by roxi110: Can you use HE detergent with a regular washing machine?
I just bought All detergent on sale and when I got home I ralized that its high efficiency. Can I use it in my washing machine that’s not HE?

Best answer:

Answer by VW LuLu
Yes you just use more. The one I bought does 210 loads HE and 150 regular.

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7 Responses to “Can I use regular detergent in a high-efficiency washing machine?”

  1. gladiolus says:

    Here’s an article that explains why HE detergent is important. I’ve just copied part of it, but the whole article is worth reading.
    A front-loading washing machine needs a special detergent. It’s called HE (High Efficiency) detergent. Without HE detergent your washer will not clean properly. Using regular detergent may even cause your front loader mechanical problems.

    HE detergent is a type of non-sudsing detergent. In fact, while operating, the machine almost appears not to have any detergent inside.

    An old fashioned top loader washes your clothes by constantly tumbling them through a full tub of water. Your front loader works differently.

    In a front loader your clothes are picked up by the vanes inside the drum, lifted to the top of the drum, and then dropped into water laying at the bottom of the drum. This collision of clothes and water will dislodge the dirt from the clothing fibres. Later the drum stops turning, the water flows out the bottom of the drum via the pump, taking both water and dirt out to the household drain. Finally the drum is spun at very high speed to remove the final amounts of water, dirt and detergent from the clothes. This front-loading method of cleaning your clothes is both simple and dependable.

    But, this simple method stops working if there are too many suds being produced by your laundry detergent.

    If you use regular detergent in your front loader excess suds will be produced by the interaction of the detergent and tumbling water. These unwanted suds will accumulate at the bottom of the wash drum where they will lie on top of the water. Within minutes these suds will take the form of a big fluffy cushion. This cushion hinders clothes from reaching the water. As your clothes fall from the top of the drum to the bottom they hit the suds cushion rather than the water. The result is a very poor wash.

    Even owners of front loaders who are using the correct detergent can misunderstand how to use it properly. Not seeing any suds they think they require more detergent. They keep increasing the amount used per load until suds finally appear. This can be a costly mistake that again results in a poor wash.

    Using too much detergent is as bad as using the wrong detergent. Extreme amount of detergent can produce symptoms such as leaking, vibration, noisy operation, and poor spinning.

  2. Dorothea says:

    Use only High Efficiency detergents. This wash system, along with less water, will create too much sudsing with a regular non-HE detergent. Using regular detergent will likely result in washer errors, longer cycle times and reduced rinsing performance. It may also result in component failures and noticeable mold or mildew. HE detergents are made to produce the right amount of suds for the best performance.
    My washer is a Whirlpool Duet front-loader. My aunt also had a GE front-loader and did use regular detergent in hers. It definitely has a nasty odor to it, some days it is more noticeable than others. Also, her glass on the door is cloudy looking and she says she can’t get it off the glass. I’d be afraid to chance using regular detergent, especially since these new washers can be rather pricey.

  3. Chance says:

    regular detergent won’t destroy the machine, but it will certainly blow bubbles all over your laundry room.

    the main difference between HE and non-HE detergents is the HE detergents are designed to minimize the bubbles.

    that being said, look closely at your detergent bottle. I know some Tide products are HE detergents, but I dont know if that particular one is or not.

    Finally, you will have a bit of acclimatization to your new machine, but many of us are firmly convinced of the inherent superiority of front-loaders.

    (I personally use All in the small & mighty variety)

  4. Jewel says:

    It’s true that regular laundry detergent leaves a residue that can “gunk up” the machine, resulting eventually in a service call. Check your warranty for more information, and if you’re still not sure, then call the information number to clear this up.

    I went ahead and finished my open bottle of regular detergent when I bought my high-efficiency machine a few years ago. I used less than usual, and wiped out the drum after every load. Then I switched to the HE detergent. In your place, I would go ahead and donate the unopened bottles of detergent to a woman’s shelter or similar charity and just use the HE from now on. If the extra expense bothers you, that stuff is super concentrated, so one little bottle lasts a long time. I have a family of four, and I buy a 50 oz bottle five times a year.

  5. Debi says:

    several hundred dollars on a new machine, and you’re willing to ruin it for at most 30 dollars of soap?!!!! Give the soap away to someone who can use it and get the right kind. Why risk ruining the washer?

  6. Christobel says:

    You have to use high efficiency soap. I have an HE washer and they manual emphasizes only use HE detergent. It has to do with the suds and your clothes will not be cleaned properly. Someone asked a similar question on Yahoo Answers and the answer they got does a great job of explaining why not to use regular detergent –

    Don’t use your regular Tide. Now for the reason WHY: All front loading, and a few top loading, washers, use small, high speed, water pumps. When these pumps are called on to pump, the very small pump will turn very fast trying to move as much water as its much larger, older cousins. If there is even the slightest amount of SUDS-MAKING detergent in the water, the small pump will instantly turn the water to suds, thus locking down the pump. The washer will sense this lock down, thus shutting down the washer with an LD (long drain) or SL (suds lock) code. Sorry. Lose the Tide. The HE detergent is more expensive, will NOT make suds, but will keep you out of hot water.

  7. Michelle says:

    Yes you can. “HE” detergent basically is the same thing as the regular kind but more concentrated and has less sudsing action. You will need to use a little less, and you will see less suds in the machine but it should work fine.