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Switching to Clorox HE Bleach

By Dr. Laundry February 26, 2009

Q. I just got a new LG HE front-loading washer (love it)! I am using regular Clorox (love it also)! Should I switch to Clorox® High Efficiency Bleach? I have heard stories (and seen videos online) of terrible over-sudsing when using non-HE detergent (because of the surfactants, I think). Any advice?

A. Congrats on the new HE washer, and thanks for being a loyal Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 user.

Your fears about over-sudsing from using regular laundry products in the HE machine are very valid. As for converting to Clorox® High Efficiency Bleach, I definitely recommend it. We developed it specifically for the new HE washers. Its benefits include:

  • A slightly higher bleach active level to help make up for the reduced volume you can add into HE washers’ bleach dispensers
  • A thicker consistency to make it easier to pour into those small and higher up bleach dispensers
  • Special ingredients to ensure that you get the whitest whites

There are no sudsy surfactants as well, so that eliminates that concern.

Also if you plan to use our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster for your colored loads, make sure you add it into the DETERGENT dispenser rather than the bleach dispenser.