Silly question...Can you use HE detergent

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Posted 2/1/2013 by can_i_pea_2? in NSBR Board

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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:16:12 PM
in a non-HE machine? I sure hope so, because I reaallllly don't want to fight the Saturday Walmart crowd to return it and I HAVE to do laundry tomorrow.

Should I use the same amount or more?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:47:48 PM
Yes you can, and use the recommended amount.

HE detergents don't make as much suds as regular detergents


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:00:17 PM
I have picked up HE by mistake. It is annoying. The Tide bottles sometimes have it printed so small that you have to be really careful. Especially when you want the original scent.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:13:17 PM
Are you sure it's HE only?

I mean, it was so confusing when those first came out, to make sure I Was getting the right one, but lately, when I pick up one with the HE picture/label it often says good in HE and regular machines.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:17:25 PM
Yes you can. Our washing machine is really old, and we were having issues will it constantly activating its suds lock mechanism. So I tried the HE detergent, and no more issues.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:25:08 PM
you can use HE detergent in a regular machine, but you shouldn't use regular detergent in an HE machine

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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:17:44 AM
Yes, I believe it's HE only. Cheer usually has a blue lid, and this one is white. Why I didn't notice until after I brought it home, is beyond me.

Thanks for the help!


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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:41:13 AM
I think HE just produces less suds for the newer machines & it's totally fine to use in all machines.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:14:23 AM
I've been using HE detergent in my old top loader since it first came out a few years ago. No problems - my clothes are clean. I switched because the bottles are smaller and easier for me to handle.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:22:11 AM
Yes,you can use,but it doesn't make a lot of suds,so I had to add more to get my hubby's greasy work clothes clean. I picked up a bottle of HE Tide by mistake and was disappointed in the very low suds level.



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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:41:24 AM
Suds level does not = cleaning power

More suds means more rinsing to get out the suds byproducts.

Most clothes are ruined due to too much soap not being rinsed out completely.

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