You can easily and inexpensively make your own laundry soap to use in all types of washers, including HE. This is a guide about homemade laundry soap for an HE washer.
Here are questions related to Homemade Laundry Soap for an HE Washer.
Is homemade laundry soap safe for HE washers?
Lisa from Lebanon, IL
OK I have to ask. What is an 'HE washer'?
Editor's Note: An HE washer stands for "high efficiency washer". They are typically front loading washers that use much less water than conventional washing machines.
Can homemade soap stop up your washer?
By Brenda from TN
Do you know if I can use your homemade laundry soap recipe instead of HE/high efficiency laundry detergent required for my new machine?
By Diana B.
By Mindy C.05/01/2014
I got a HE washer a month ago and have had no problem using my homemade soap. I make the liquid soap, but think the powder would work well also.
Is it OK to use homemade soap in the new HE washers?
By Kelly B.10/28/2013
I am getting a HE washer this weekend and I have read about 20 articles that say homemade detergents are safe.
Also Carol, homemade detergents are not crap, they are all natural, no dyes or perfumes and people have been using these ingredients for ages.
Please, can anyone give me some advice?
I have a brand new HE top loading washing machine being delivered next week and I'm worried if I can use my homemade laundry powder in it.
My recipe is:
1 cup grated laundry soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda (I have hard water)
1 cup oxygen-based brightener (like oxy)
I don't use borax since its not available in my country.
I usually use 1/2 cup of powder since my old twin-tub machine had the capacity for 17lb "dry" weight of clothes. This new one has the same capacity. I don't get good results using less powder. This recipe suds up a little, but not too much.
Will I damage my new machine if I use this powder or should I buy the expensive HE laundry powder available?
Liquid detergent is not an option coz I don't like them.
Thanks for any help.
By cettina from Malta, Europe
By Jess 04/26/2011
Cettina, I have a front loader, a GE Duet. My biggest suggestion to you would be to NOT use liquid detergent but you say you never do. :) I use the cheapest HE powdered detergent I can get. I did develop the "stinky clothes" problem you hear about all the time, but it went away as soon as I switched to powdered detergent and stopped using fabric softener. I use less detergent than I used to, maybe half.
In my opinion, I can't see why using your own version would damage the machine. It might not work as well as it did in your top loader but it seems like it would just wash through. You might want to run a "clean washer" setting occasionally, to guard against clogs.
Hopefully, we will get some more opinions from other people who have used their own detergent soon. :)
Is there a homemade washing soap powder that is safe for HE machines?
By Sharon from Sprakers, NY
By LisaE 03/01/2011
I am not sure if this answers your question but many people use homeade powdered detergent in their HE machines. However, my opinion is that powdered detergents tend to gunk up machines. I stick to liquid only. Homeade detergents are low sudsing so it works well for HE machines.
When using homemade laundry soap, should I use liquid or power for he washer? Mine is a Cabrio top loader.
By Debra from Grayling, MI
Can homemade laundry soap be used in the HE washing machines?
Brenda from Carrollton, Texas
By Barb. Lehto 01/28/2009
Homemade laundry detergent does not have any suds because we don't put a 'sudsing agent' in it. Suds do nothing to clean the clothes - it's just a visual thing - when we see suds, we think the soap is working.
Homemade laundry soap is made by grating a bar of Fels Naptha soap, put it into a pot with enough water to cover the soap + about 2". Heat on low to medium until soap is dissolved , stirring occasionally, and add to a 5 gal. bucket of the hottest water from your tap. Stir well & add 1 cup of WASHING soda (found in laundry area of store). Put into gallon jugs (not milk jugs - plastic is too weak). Use 1/2 c. per load. A bar of Ivory soap can be used instead of Fels Naptha. Soap can gel, so shake before using. Works great & comes to about $1.50 for 5 gal! Been using it for years. If you don't have a laundry tub, use the bathtub & clean it out with the spilled stuff after you are done - a 2fer!
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