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Old 11-23-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Anybody know the difference between the two? I have an front loader and have used the HE detergent so far, but wondered if I could get away with just using the 2X instead? There seems to be more variety and less $$ to find the 2X detergent. I'm very careful not to use too much - probably err on the side of using less detergent b/c of what I've read regarding the front loaders.

What's been your experience?
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You're only supposed to us HE detergent in an HE washer. I find that the powered form Tide HE last a super long time.

However, I'm pretty sure that most of the HE liquid is 2x concentrated.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Filly -

I have a front-loader and use HE liquid. Brand just depends on what is on sale and what I have a coupon for. A website that might be a better resource for you is Laundry Room Forum - GardenWeb. I used this when I was doing my research for my front-load set.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:02 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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you do not I repeat use anything but HE detergents. Dont fall for the gimics of 2x . You have a front loader it knows what to do far as getting your clothes clean. Even if you use regular detergent you are only suppose to use 1/4 of regular washing detergent . Imagine placing laundry detergent in a dish washer you will get the same effect.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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HE is lower sudsing. Too many suds in a front loader is asking for mechanical failure of the machine. I'll admit that a couple times in a pinch I've used 2X instead of HE, but when I had to do that I only used 1/4 the amount of detergent.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: The Garden State
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I made the mistake of using regular detergent and well there were suds coming out of the drain pipe and stuck in the washer. It took a long time to rinse and drain. Don't do it!
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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We have an HE machine in the barn and we do 10+ loads every single day. We do not use HE detergents, we buy whatever is on sale at Sam's. The trick is to use less. We have been using this machine in this manner for just over 3 years since it was purchased.
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Old 11-27-2008, 07:06 AM
 
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Basically, the HE like mentioned above, is lower sudsing. That allows it to clean more while using the proper amount of detergent. If you use regular detergent, you can use less of it but technically you won't be using the 'proper amount'. So if you use half the amount of regular detergent so it doesn't suds up, then you're using half the recommended cleaning solution.

Having said that, if your clothes get clean while using less detergent, then your clothes are clean. Go for it.

Fwiw, there are both He2x and regular 2x detergents.
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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We have an HE machine in the barn and we do 10+ loads every single day. We do not use HE detergents, we buy whatever is on sale at Sam's. The trick is to use less. We have been using this machine in this manner for just over 3 years since it was purchased.
we're the same way. We've had our beloved HE since 2003 and we rarely buy the HE detergent unless it's VERY marked down. Inside the top of the 2x are various lines to use when filling your machine. It tells you to use the 1st one if you have an HE machine. Never had a problem and our clothes come out smelling clean and looking good!
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