The Ultimate High Efficiency Detergents Quiz

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About This Quiz

You've probably heard a lot of talk about the latest and greatest in washing machines: the high efficiency (HE) washer. Curious about how they work and what detergents are best used in them? Take our quiz and find out.

How many gallons of water does a standard washing machine use?

A standard washing machine uses 50 gallons (189 liters) of water per cycle. That accounts for 20 percent of your water bill.

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How many gallons of water does a high efficiency (HE) washing machine use?

A high efficiency washing machine uses 18-25 gallons of water per load. This is because it is a front loader, which uses less water and detergent and because it tumbles the clothes in a small pool of water rather than agitating them in a tub, as a standard machine does.

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What is another bonus of an HE washing machine?

HE washing machines spin the clothes faster, resulting in clothes that are drier, meaning less time in the dryer and a smaller electricity bill.

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What type of detergent is best for an HE washing machine?

You need to use specially branded HE laundry detergent. Because the machine tumbles rather than agitates, a regular detergent will cause too many suds and will shorten the life of your machine.

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Which brand of detergent is the current market leader?

Tide is the current market leader in detergents. Consumer Reports give high marks to their Tide 2X Ultra HE detergent.

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What does the 2X refer to in the Tide 2X Ultra HE detergent?

It refers to the fact that it is a concentrated product, which means it cleans more loads with less detergent and is stored in a smaller bottle.

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How much does it cost per load to use Tide 2X Ultra HE detergent?

Tide 2X Ultra HE detergent comes in liquid form and contains a color safe bleach as well. It costs about $0.24 a load.

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How much does the All 2X Oxy Active cost to use per load?

It costs $0.15 per load and also comes in a concentrated, double acting liquid form.

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What form does Gain Original Fresh HE come in?

Gain Original Fresh comes in powder form only. It has been highly rated for its cleaning efficiency, scent and cost -- it only costs $0.15 a load.

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Where in the machine does the most damage occur if you use regular detergent?

The rubber gasket in the interior door will grow mold from the buildup of suds and scum from the "over-sudsed" water.

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Where is Up & Up Fresh Breeze detergent available?

It is available exclusively in Target and is popular for its scent. It costs about $0.13 a load.

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What does it mean if you find soap bubbles in your clothing when it rains?

Because HE machines use less water, they will not rinse out regular detergent well enough, resulting in soap bubbles on your clothes when you get wet.

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How much does Seventh Generation Natural Powdered HE detergent cost per load?

Seventh Generation detergent comes in powdered form only, but is more expensive, at $0.36 a load.

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What happens if you use HE detergent in your regular washing machine?

You can use HE detergent in a regular washing machine, but your clothes may just have less fragrance because HE detergents produce less suds.

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What is a benefit of Seventh Generation laundry detergent over other detergents?

Seventh Generation laundry detergent is "green" -- it is plant derived.

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