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The Truth about Washing Machine Detergent: Which One is Right for Your Washer’s Needs?

The Truth about Washing Machine Detergent: Which One is Right for Your Washer’s Needs?

Determining which laundry detergent is best for your home can feel impossible. Should you use liquid detergent? A gel tab? Or liquid detergent? How much do you use? The answer is that it depends on your machine and several other factors. When you work with American Appliance Repair for help with your washer and dryer, we can tell you exactly what type of detergent to use. You can also keep reading to learn some of the factors that go into finding the right detergent.

How Does Your Washing Machine Load?

One of the most important factors in determining the right detergent is how you load your machine. A front-loading washing machine generally needs a different type of detergent compared to a front-loading unit. Those that are made for top-loading machines are made to be more efficient in a high-water environment. It creates quite a bit of foam, which is great for top loaders but could damage a front loader.

Using the Right Amount of Detergent is Essential

To get the best results, you want to use the detergent in the right way and add the correct amount. If you use too little detergent, then you will not get the results you want. Dirt and hard water deposits may also build up within your machine. If you use too much detergent, you will be wasting money and increasing the chance that the clothes will not rinse enough.

When determining how much soap to use, you should think about how hard your water is, how dirty your clothing is, and what type of washer and dryer you have.

How to Dose for Top Loaders with Powder and Liquid Detergent

If you are using powder in a top-loading washing machine, add it to the machine bowl or down the middle of the agitator and do it before you put your clothes in. If you are using liquid detergent, follow the directions as indicated on the cap and pour it in the same place as you’d put powder detergent. You will then add your clothes. You should never put liquid or powder on top of clothing in a top loader.

How to Dose for Front Loaders and High-Efficiency Washing Machines

If you are using a powder, add it to the dispensing drawer, add your clothing to the machine, and press start. If you are using liquid detergent, pour it into the dispensing drawer (or use a dosing ball if included) and put the clothing in and start the machine.

If you notice that your clothing is not getting as clean as they used to be, it could be that your washing machine is in need of repair or maintenance. Contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 for the help you need.

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