The letters “h” and “e” are split by a red dot on a blue field encircled by a white circular swirl as you walk down the laundry detergent aisle in any store. This symbol is on practically every bottle, carton, and bag sold in this section of the store. The initials HE indicates that this is a high-efficiency detergent.
Modern high-efficiency washing machines consume far less water than the conventional washing machines of yesteryear. The high-efficiency (HE) detergents are designed to produce less foam and disperse more quickly than conventional detergents, making them suitable for use in washing machines that use less water. To prevent filth from being redeposited onto clean clothing, HE detergents are developed to keep dirt suspended in the smaller amount of water used during the washing process.
Do You Need to Use HE Detergent?
When using a regular laundry detergent in a high-efficiency washer, excessive suds will be produced and these suds will not be completely removed. High-efficiency washers employ a tumbling movement to clean the clothing, and excessive suds will prevent this action from working properly.
Methyl ester is used in making both types of detergents. Still, conventional ones produce a lot of suds that might cause the washers to leak, as well as cause harm to the electrical system of the washer and perhaps void the guarantee provided by the manufacturer. The use of conventional detergents in high-efficiency washing machines (HE washers) increases mould development and an odour that may remain after the cycle has finished.
Each load of laundry does not include a sufficient amount of water to effectively remove all of the suds and filth they contain. The gooey mixture may adhere to the inside of the washer and provide the ideal environment for the growth of mould, which is the source of unpleasant aromas.
How Much to Use
Take the time to read the label and follow the instructions on how much detergent to use for each load. This goes for any detergents.
It’s not always the case that more is better. Just one to two tablespoons of a high-performance, high-efficiency laundry detergent is all that is required for a load of laundry of a typical size. If your high-efficiency laundry detergent is not effectively cleaning your clothing, the solution is not to use more of it.
Using too much will only result in further issues, such as materials becoming stiff and scratchy, microorganisms that cause unpleasant odours being trapped, and streaks caused by the redepositing of soil.