You’ve seen the across the laundry aisle, but do you really know the basic science behind the difference between high efficiency detergent and regular? All laundry detergents are designed to freshen clothes, remove odors, brighten fabrics and wipe out stains as they clean, but the way they do this varies.
HE detergent can be used in all washers, but traditional detergents cannot. Always use HE detergent with HE washing machines. These detergents are specifically designed to be compatible with low-water conditions. Traditional detergents are formulated to hold soils and dyes that wash off your clothes and are suspended in wash water in the higher water volumes generated in top-load, non-HE agitator washers. HE laundry detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing and quick dispersing to hold soils and dyes suspended in wash water in the low water volumes found in HE washers. All ARM & HAMMER detergents are high efficiency detergents, so whether you prefer liquid, paks or powder your clothes will get a deep clean and you will save water*.
Using regular detergents in HE washers can create too many suds. This can interfere with the machine’s tumbling action, which reduces stain removal performance and rinsing efficiency. Additionally, excess suds can be harmful to the machine due to risk of overheating, excess use of water, and residue build-up that can cause malfunctions or damage.
In contrast, high efficiency detergent can be used in regular washers. You may notice fewer suds but clothes will be just as clean as if you were using a traditional formula.