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Old 04-28-2008, 06:39 PM
 
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We just purchased a front-loader washer. We use High-Efficiency Tide for normal loads, but cannot find a High-Efficiency detergent for darks.
Is there one? If not, how much of regular dark detergent should we use?

thanks.
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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We are getting ready to move and have all new appliances at new location,haven't moved yet.Have LG front loader,my wife brought wash today along with detergent that she uses with her top loader,no problems very happy with results,not the first time.Soap is from Dollar General.Does not produce to much suds.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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We just purchased a front-loader washer. We use High-Efficiency Tide for normal loads, but cannot find a High-Efficiency detergent for darks.
Is there one? If not, how much of regular dark detergent should we use?

thanks.
I don't understand why you wouldn't just use the Tide? I use it Tide HE for all my different colors of clothes...
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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I've got an LG front loader and many ruined clothes form using Tide HE. P&G said all of its HE products contain "optical brighteners." These can cause light spots on clothes, similar to what bleach or liquid fabric softener can do. They said it only happens if the detergent sits on clothes or comes in contact with wet clothes. I'm not stopping my washer mid-cycle or putting wet clothes in it. I can only wonder if it's the detergent and/or washer, and maybe a combo of the two. Does anyone have a similiar experience? I'm using the measurement in the cap and have ruined too many clothes.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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We use the Tide HE for everything. Have a water softener so don't use a full scoop of powder - more like about 1/3 of a scoop. Maybe if you are having problems you are using too much?

We have not had any problem at all with the Tide HE on dark or light colors.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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Tide (normal and HE) always kills my blacks. ALWAYS. Totally ticks me off..

I dont know if you can...but I aways just ran a load with some rit dye in a regular machine. Can you do that with HE?

And are these HE more pain than they are worth? Seems they get a lot of complaints.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Always used All on my front loader...whites, lights and darks come up how they're supposed to be. I tend to put detergent on lesser side...perhaps you're putting too much.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:14 PM
 
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I use Cheer HE for colors - no problem there
Cheer and Tide are esentially the same formulation with slightly different additives.

I started off with too much detergent too and scaled it down more based on load.

Only thing I don't like is they are NOT good with dog hair! Not enough water and it gets all over the drum. But the clothes *do* take less time to dry.
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:22 AM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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Front loaders only require a quarter of the soap that top loaders do. That was the first thing the Lowes guy pointed out to me when mine were delivered. So I only use a quarter cup of liquid soap.
Less water to run the cycles in a front load washer....less soap!
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Old 09-08-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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We use the CVS HE detergent for most clothes. DW swears by it and it is inexpensive. For black clothes and towels, she just uses a smaller amount of the dark wash detergent. If you see much of any suds, you are using too much.
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