To All Front-Loading Washing Machine Users: What Kind Of Detergent Do You Use?

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    Mar 31, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    Powder? Liquid? Capsule?
    ...and why?
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    In the US you should use detergents marked "he" for high efficiency. Other clothes detergents will create too many suds, and may overflow from a front-loader washer, and not clean as well.

    Of the he types available I prefer a liquid, so I can pour a concentration directly an especially dirty areas of the clothes. And I've found that deposits from powder detergents can build up on the soap dispensers that front-loaders typically have.
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    Like Red said, you HAVE to use the special "HE" detergent or you'll have all kinds of problems with your front loader. Just google "front load washer mold" and see all the issues that come up. They're all from incorrect detergent.

    I only use liquid because powder builds up and cakes on surfaces like seals, etc...
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    liquid, and i only use 1/2 the recommended amount per the LG Tech that came out. I find that it doesn't clean gym clothes very well unless you use a special detergent like Penguin detergent.
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    Capsule?
    Man, I am always behind the times.
    I recently saw an ad for a front loader that you put detergent in 2x a year or something...that was its market niche.
    (I guess a competitor already laid claim to "cleans clothes the best").
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    I have a top loader that works the same as a front loader in that it doesn't have an agitater (middle twisty thing). It recommends he liquid detergeant for my machine and all front loaders.


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    Mar 31, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    This is the most random topic ever, however am using the new gel detergents, that wash your clothes on a wash as cool as 15 degrees! Energy saving of what!
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    Mar 31, 2009 9:55 PM GMT

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    Mar 31, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    we don't have stuffed called HE here, our stuff just has frontloader on it, our stuff even normal detergents aren't as sudsy as americans I believe (from what I've seen at least)

    I use poweder cause liquids just don't look as pretty in the jar on my washer and cause its just better for the enviroment most liquid even concentrates are made up mostly of water.. shipping that about takes more work
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    Mar 31, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
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    TWAT THE EF?! WE DON'T HAVE THAT HERE!!!

    I DEFFO NEED A HE!!!!!!

    ...inside me, even!!! Thanks for the info!!!

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    Mar 31, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    This is so funny.
    Here in the uk all washing machines are front loading.
    You Americans have it all wrong, oh no.
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    Mar 31, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    uk1987 saidThis is so funny.
    Here in the uk all washing machines are front loading.
    You Americans have it all wrong, oh no.

    I used a front-loading Miele when I lived in Germany in the 1970s. But here in the US the top loader was the standard, which is why we had to reformulate detergents for front loaders, and devise that he symbol so we wouldn't get them mixed up. Top loaders are still in use.
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    Mar 31, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    I like front-loaders better they don't destroy clothes like top-loaders plus a lot of the new ones have a hand-wash setting which is great because I hate having that ONE shirt I can never wash as easily.

    I use HE marked liquid detergent because like everyone else has said the powdered ALWAYS cakes and I wish laundry places with clean it out because some of those powders have bleach in them. I have to go through several machines before I find one that doesn't look too bad.
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    Apr 01, 2009 12:44 AM GMT

    I need brands, please! Thanks... icon_cool.gif
  • Grimlock

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    Apr 01, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    We use Tide HE liquid here. Most retail stores here sell HE detergent in liquid form.

    Tide because boyfriend prefers it. HE because it's recommended that you use HE for front-loaders. You can use regular detergent, but you would need to use less than you normally would in a top loader. However it might not clean as well.

    I'm hooked on front-loaders. I could sit in front of the washer for hours and watch it do its magic.
  • rnch

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    Apr 01, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    i purchased an early front loader, a maytag neptune, way back in 1996, because it was the quietest washer consumer reports magazine had tested that year. the washer & dryer were inside my house, in the kitchen, and the machines that came with the house were so loud i left the house during their operation. icon_sad.gif

    as "the neptune twins" were the first thing one noticed when entering the kitchen side door, the "wow" factor was considerable in '96. i bought them for quietness (and because of my mother's love and admiration for anything with a magtag name on it); never counted on them being a "status symbol" icon_cool.gif

    i have tried many, many different detergents in the last 13 years..powered, gel, liquid, hard pills.

    i now buy the cheapest "HE" labeled detergent that i can find. all the "HE" labeled ones seem to work about the same to me.


    now let's talk about fabric softener......icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 01, 2009 2:30 PM GMT
    Here's a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that's seriously cheap, and it's very low suds as well:

    http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm
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    Apr 01, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    I found that Tide he liquid cleans the best in my front loader. Not sure what's available in other parts of the world, and US detergents are reformulated for different markets, including different states within the US, so different brands may not perform the same depending on locale.