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#1 of 7 Old 09-06-2011, 07:54 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a very nice (and fairly new) HE washing machine. It uses very little water. I'm wanting to switch as many products in our home over to natural options as possible. I currently use a special HE detergent.  know that I cannot use regular detergent in my machine (I tried that for a while and ended up having a service call on the machine over it). I'm curious if anyone has seen any research on this or has any idea what might be best for me and why.

I'm a little learly to experiment because I don't want to cause a service call over it (which would cost me a lot of money)

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The he detergents are less corrosive as well as being less foaming (gosh, I know that is the wrong word). I have found a few brands make an eco version that is he. Currently I have a bottle of sunlight which is supposedly green & he. I also have a brand from the drugstore (we're in Canada so you may not have the same brands where you are) that is both. They are most definitely a bit more expensive but I use so little that the price is not a big problem.

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Crunchy Clean, Charlie's Soap and Country Clean are all great.
I make my own detergent with equal parts oxyclean, borax, washing soda, baking soda and powder calgon. It works great! I toss all the ingredients in the food processor and then give the jar a good shake every time I use it. Use less than a tablespoon. This recipe shouldn't suds at all.

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I gave up on "eco" cleaners..they weren't getting the clothes clean. So went with Arms & Hammer sensitive skin concentrated laundry soap..little in it and its for HE machines

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I use ECOS made by Earth Friendly Products, which is 100% natural and it says on it "ideal for HE front and top loading washers".  We've used it for years and really like it, though I have a traditional washer (but not for much longer). 

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some of the good eco ones will be safe for HE machines.  they will have the HE logo on the bottle.  we cloth diaper so i looked into what was best for those & our machine, and we use Planet.  it works well on all our clothes, and any time i have ever deviated from it, even with something fancier, it hasn't done as well for us.

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Country Save is good and safe for HE washers. I find it similar to Charlie's.

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