What you need to know about High Efficiency washing machines


High Efficiency (HE) washing machines have become increasingly popular over the last few years. And for good reason: they use significantly less water and energy, working to save you money at the same time.

For HE machines to work properly and reach their money-saving potential, it is best to use a compatible high efficiency detergent such as all ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents.

The technology of High Efficiency

High Efficiency washing machines generally use significantly less water than traditional washing machines. A small amount of water is introduced at the start of the wash cycle to saturate clothes and water is efficiently re-circulated during a rinse cycle. In addition to less water required during washing, the faster drum spin extracts more water so clothes need less time to dry.

The detergent

The low water levels, along with the recirculation of water during rinse cycles mean that special HE detergents should be used. HE detergents such as ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents contain “suds suppressors,” a technology that prevents excess suds from forming in the wash. Excessive suds can lead to repeated rinse cycles and washer lock in HE machines that are unable to get rid of soap suds.

In fact, using a regular detergent in an HE machine may cause your wash to take up to twice as long. It can even void the HE machine’s warranty. Fortunately, the makers of ARM & HAMMER™ offer a full line of HE compatible laundry detergents to help you take advantage of the energy saving feature. The best part is that these detergents are also compatible with non-HE machines. So you can get the same great clean no matter which type of washer you use. To get the excellent cleaning power you want from your high efficiency machine, try these ARM & HAMMER™ detergents: