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Use right detergents with washing machine for efficient use

By on April 29, 2015

While buying a washing machine, we always try to buy the best that we can. Many people also think of buying the most efficient washing machine. But it’s not just the washing machine that matters; even the detergent that we use with the washing machine that drives the efficiency of the washing machine. With improvements in technology for washing machines, even the formulations and chemicals for detergents are changing so that they match the requirements of new technologies. And thus it makes it very important that you always buy a type of detergent that is recommended by the manufacturer of the washing machine.

Why are different detergents required for different washing machines?

As we had mentioned in our previous article on washing machines (Washing Machine Technologies – Front/Top Load, Automatic/Semi Automatic, Direct Drive, Inverter – and their efficiencies), most modern washing machines are trying to improve their technology to use less water and less energy.  And just because they use less water, it becomes important to choose the right detergent that can work in less water.

Traditional detergents (especially those that are used for bucket washing) generate a lot of suds (froth, bubbles or foam). A high amount of suds prevent proper cleaning with most modern washing machines. So you may feel that cloths are not washed properly in shorter cycles and you may opt for longer wash cycles, there by increasing the amount of electricity used for washing. Or you may have to clean them manually. That is why if you go to the market to buy a detergent you will find detergents marked for washing machines.

Different kinds of washing machines require different types of detergent. Most detergent makers mark detergents for washing machines as “MATIC”. A top-load washing machine with “agitator” needs more water than a front-load washing machine that works more on “tumble” action. Thus there are different detergents for top-load and front-load washing machines.

Will using less of regular detergent with washing machines work?

Not really, because regular detergents are not meant to be used with washing machines. You should always use the detergent recommended by the manufacturer and also the quantity should also be as recommended in the washing machine manual.


If manufacturer recommended washing detergent and other additives are not used along with the washing machine, then it can result in inefficient cleaning of cloths. And thus if any extra cycles of washing are used, it will result in extra electricity costs. So please make sure that you use the right detergents and right quantity of detergents to wash cloths using a washing machine.


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  • manobina

    i want to buy a fully automatic 6-6.5 kg washing machine…please suggest me the best models in both top and front load…..thanks

  • m jawed

    I want to purchase semi automatic washing machine 7 to 9 kg for twice a week washing, pl. suggest me the best for top loading, energy consumption and durability etc..
    I will be going to purchase tomorrow, your reply would really help.

    • Bijli Bachao Team

      Hello Mr Jawed,

      Semi Automatic washing machines consume quite less electricity (0.2-0.3 units per wash). So if you want to purchase, you can go for any LG, Samsung or Electrolux washing machine (all of these are internationally reputed brands).


    I have purchased 5.5 K.G front load washing machine I want to know how much detergent and brand of detergent use.

  • Rajesh menon

    I want to buy a good semi automatic washing machine. Please recommend a good semi automatic washing machine which is good in washing, energy consumption and water usage.

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Menon,

      What sized washing machine are you looking at? For how many people?

    • Rajesh Menon

      about 6kg for 3-4 people

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hello Mr Menon,

      You can look at these models:

      LG P7555R3F
      LG P7556R3F
      Samsung WT655QPNDRPXTL
      Samsung WT657QPNDPGXTL


  • Akil Suvarna

    Hi Abhishek,
    i am planning to buy LG F8091MDL2 Front Load 5.5 Kg Washing Machine after doing a lot of research. What do you think of this model? Thanks in advance :)

    • Abhishek Jain

      Hi Akil,

      Its a very good model. It is front loading machine so it will certainly clean better. Then it has inverter tech direct drive motor which will be energy efficient as well as durable (because it will have less moving parts). You can certainly go for it.