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Just what is a High Efficiency Laundry Machine? I mean, we have all seen that HE sticker on some of our washers. But, what does it mean? Does it have something to do with detergent? Does it mean that now I have to buy the best high efficiency laundry pods or the best high efficiency laundry detergent?
Well, yes and no. It doesn’t have to do directly with the type of detergent that you put in it. To be labeled as high-efficiency (HE), a washer must meet certain guidelines with regard to water, electricity, and detergent use. In other words, it must use less water, energy, and detergent than regular washers do. That’s it. If the model meets these guidelines, it is labeled as a High-efficiency washer.
High-efficiency laundry machines are available as both top-loaders and front-loader models, and even though they could handle all types of detergent, they work better with low-sudsing laundry detergent and laundry detergent pods. Although sometimes low-sudsing laundry detergent is also fragrance free, and you may feel it is not cleaning properly, this type of soap is the best laundry detergent for HE laundry machines, since its water-saving settings make it harder for the washer to completely rinse away regular detergent. Moreover, excess suds can cause problems in HE washers by reducing or preventing the tumbling action. This can result in less effective washing cycles. HE detergents are also formulated to hold soils and dyes in suspension in low water volumes, so they don’t re-deposit onto cleaned laundry.
The benefits of choosing a high-efficiency machine over a standard model are notable. We even recently recommended buying a front-loading HE Washer, over standard models. HE washers use less water than traditional washers — in fact, they only use from 20% to 66% of the water used by traditional agitator washers. High-speed cycles remove more water from clothes, making drying times shorter. Less water in washing cycles means that the washer needs to heat less water when choosing high temperature washing cycles. Plus, load capacities are generally larger in HE washers. As a result, energy use can be as little as 20 to 50 percent when compared to standard washing machines. These savings translate to long-term cost savings and long-term environmental benefits.
There are a couple things that you need to know beforehand when using an HE washer. First, since HE washers use less water than standard washers, dye transfer could be a potential problem. So have a look out and preferably sort your laundry by color. HE washers are often designed to wash large loads and some of these washers will clean larger and/or bulkier loads, when compared to standard washers. Finally, you should always use HE detergents to wash your clothes, and in the recommended amount. Even though the washer uses less water, the recommended amount of detergent is still needed to effectively wash all of your clothes.
So which are some safe laundry detergents and safe laundry pods to use with a HE washer? Just look for the HE sticker on the label. There are all types of detergent that are designed to work with HE washers, including green detergent, liquid detergent, powdered detergent, laundry pods, etc. Those detergents that are designed to work with HE washers will mostly just be less sudsing than regular detergents while still being as effective. However, to get the maximum cleaning performance and the energy and water saving that HE washers can actually deliver, you should always use HE detergents when washing clothes.
We always recommend using eco friendly or green laundry detergents, because they are safer for your skin and your family’s skin and, of course, safer for the environment.
Now you know. When buying a new washer, choose a high efficiency model. The environment (and your pocket) will thank you!