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The Rise Of HE Washing Machines

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High-efficiency washing machines are a great way to save money on your overall laundry costs. Using less water and energy than a standard agitator model, these machines leverage an impeller in the washing drum to help wash your clothes. While they do cost less money in the long run, HE machines do have some drawbacks when compared to their previous models. You also have a chance of getting your clothes less clean without using a detergent specially designed for HE washing.

The Rise Of HE Washing Machines

High-efficiency washing machines are a great way to save money on your overall laundry costs. Using less water and energy than a standard agitator model, these machines leverage an impeller in the washing drum to help wash your clothes. While they do cost less money in the long run, HE machines do have some drawbacks when compared to their previous models. You also have a chance of getting your clothes less clean without using a detergent specially designed for HE washing.

An image of several models of HE washing machines.

1. They're Much Bigger

An image of an HE washing machine full of dirty laundry.

HE washing machines can hold up to 40% more clothing than older machine models. This is, in part, due to the lack of the agitator taking up space in the machine. This means your average load of laundry can require more detergent than you might be used to.

2. Cold Water Washing

An image of the inside of a an HE washing machine doing a cold water wash cycle.

Along with the increased capacity of the machine, cold water is also commonly used during the wash cycle. While this does save on the power costs of heating the water, it also means the detergent does more of the work to remove stuck in body soils and odors.

3. Savings On Energy

An image of an energy meter showing savings when using an HE washing machine.

Even though you are saving on the power costs needed to heat water, HE machines also tend to run on lower power levels, creating up to 65% energy savings compared to older, top-loading models.

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The Problem With High-Efficiency Washing

Even though there are energy and water-saving components, many users can experience clothes that may not be as clean. With the rise of synthetic fabrics and performance-based materials, body soils, like sweat, sebum, and salt, can become trapped deeper down in fabrics, creating a layer of body soils that needs to be removed. Combined with larger loads, colder water, and the need for more detergent, these soils aren't always washed completely away with every cycle.

This can lead to odor rebloom and boomerang odors in your clothes or towels. These come from the leftover body soils in your clothing coming back to life when you wear them. The heat from your body starts to activate them again, and you can start to experience odors and smells coming back once things start to heat back up.

While you can use an HE specific detergent, Tide One Wash Miracle can also help get your clothes truly clean. Using dual-chamber technology, Tide One Wash Miracle works by combining a powerful detergent with color-safe bleach, that combined at the time of washing, maximizes cleaning power. One canister help to deep clean your clothes, towels, bedding, and other items while eliminating stubborn odors and built-up body soils.