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Controlling Suds When Non-He Detergent is Used in an He Washer

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Question: Controlling Suds When Non-He Detergent is Used in an He Washer
How to get rid of the bubbles when the wrong detergent is used in an he washer. What should I do after I've used the wrong laundry detergent in an he washer? Non-he laundry detergents create tons of bubbles in an he washer - what can be done to resolve this problem? How to handle a sudsing problem in an he washer.
Answer: Only he laundry detergent should be used in an he washer, because it is a low-sudsing specially formulated detergent. However, it can happen that a regular detergent is mistakenly used, or that there is no choice of detergent available. Using a non-he laundry detergent in an he washer can create a sudsing problem that can cause detergent bubbles to fill the washer tub and start to overflow from the detergent drawer. Allowing the washing cycle to continue will only create more bubbles, which can confuse an he washer and the clothing will not likely rinse properly either.

When you see a mass a of bubbles or realize that you've used the wrong detergent, cancel the washing cycle, and restart the he washer and select the spin cycle. Then follow with another cycle that is a rinse/spin only with cold water, to remove the suds from the washload. Then proceed with a regular washing cycle and cold water would be recommended, in case there is sudsing detergent remaining in the wash.

If you must use a non-he detergent in an he washer, use only a minute amount - a fraction of what you would normally use. In most cases, only 1 to 2 tablespoons of he detergent is needed in a high-efficiency washer and use even less if the laundry formula used is not an he detergent, if you want to avoid a sudsing problem.

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