High-Efficiency (HE) washing machines provide many benefits, including efficient cleaning, gentle handling of fabrics, and water and energy savings. But some consumers may not be aware that HE washers require the use of HE-specific detergents, as regular detergents may cause damage to high-efficiency washing machines. HE machines feature low-water wash and rinse cycles, so the detergent used must work in a different way than traditional laundry detergents.
Why Use HE Laundry Detergents
The cleaning process in HE washers is adversely affected by the excess suds produced by regular detergents, which cause problems by restricting the tumbling action and may create an air-lock in the washing machine pump. Using regular detergents may also result in component failures and noticeable mold or mildew.
To maximize performance, HE detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing and quick-dispersing, while also holding soils and dyes in suspension in low water to keep them from re-depositing onto cleaned laundry.