Question: Can Homemade Detergent Be Used in HE Washers?
Homemade laundry detergent is easy to make and saves money. But is it safe to use in HE or high-efficiency washers?
Homemade laundry detergent can be made as a liquid, powder or single dose tablet. Since none contain a sudsing agent as an ingredient, all are safe for a high-efficiency washer. For front-loading machines that use much less water, a liquid homemade detergent seems to work more smoothly. Use about two tablespoons of your homemade liquid detergent.
If you are using the automatic dispenser, be sure that your detergent has no clumps and is flowing well. If it is not smooth, mix the detergent with two tablespoons of hot water before adding to the dispenser.
Homemade single dose tablets - like their manufactured cousins - should be placed directly in the drum of the washer before loading in soiled clothes.
As with any detergent, clean the washer often to prevent odor and build-up of lint and residue.