Using Regular Liquid Laundry Soap In Front Loader

I would like to know if you can use regular liquid laundry soap in a front load washing machine….if so how much do u use per load?

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Genia - March 22, 2010

Hi Cheryl,

I’ve been using a front loader for about 7 or so years now and I love it! Regarding the soap, I found that you need to use a little less than the package indicates and ALWAYS use liquid….I used powder a couple of times and that was so not good. Put in about 1/2 of what the package calls for and watch to see how that works. If you have little to no suds, add somemore. You are going to love a front loader, they are easier on your clothing, use less water and clothes come out dryer so you save money there too.

Heather - March 23, 2010


I have a front loader also. I have had it for a few years. So far if I find the H.E detergent on sale its about the same price as reg per load. The problem is it can be hard to find in certain smells and brands. I use mostley H.E detg in mine but have used reg. I use half of the reccomended amount if using the reg kind. Somtiems only 1/4 of teh reccomended amount if its a small load. The only thing that worried me was mine said dont use reg detg in the instructions. Said it could mess up the machine, thats why I try and stick to H.E one’s just in case.

Dont use H.E or reg powder ever, same with the dishwasher. Ive been told by many repairmen that the powder laundrey or dishwasher soaps are bad for the machines. You will love your front loader, less water, clothes dont get beat up, ect.

Michele - March 24, 2010

try Charlie’s Soap…I love both powder and liquid and the price is comparable to sale price Tide, but clean much better and you don’t need softner!

Kim - March 24, 2010

I also have a front loader and have never used the HE detergent – I use the cheap liquid kind, but I use very little. I was told that you should never use more than 2 Tablespoons regardless of load size. (This came from the repairman that my sister had to call to service hers when she was using too much & it caused problems) Make sure you’re regularly doing the clean cycle too – if it doesn’t have one, soak a white towel in about a cup of bleach and send it through a cycle. I can’t believe how much less it costs to do laundry now (power, water, soap) – good luck with yours!

karin - March 24, 2010

i have a top loader with no agitater which is like a front loader turned up. i suggests that i use HE detergent but with 5 kids and a husband sometimes its hard to be picky. i just use half as much as i would in a regular washer. also if u notice the HE detergent and the regular such as tide are the same ounces and almost the same loads so i really sont think it matters. its a marketing ploy

Sue - March 24, 2010

Hi, I have a new front loader which only recomends the HE (high efficiency) detergent. It usues so little detergent that the cost difference is negligible between the regular detergent and the HE per load. I usually get mine at Walmart. I’ve had the machine almost a year, do two loads a week, and have not finished the first bottle yet. You can see it goes a long way.

Jane - March 24, 2010

I have used front loader washers from before they became popular. I agree with the other posters on this site but if you’re trying to save money and be frugal, why not try making your own detergent? I’ve been doing it about a year now and I love it. Cloths don’t come out with any scent so if you like scented cloths, you may want to add a few drops of essential oils to the mix but I like it without scent. Besides, the softner/dryer sheets add some scent also. I use recipes that I googled from

Simply, heat a quart of water, when it’s really hot move from burner, add 1 C finly grated fels naptha soap (about 1/2 bar). Dissolve completely then add 1/2 C. Washing Soda (NOT baking soda), 1/2 C. 20 Mule Team Borax and stir to dissolve. Dump it all into a 2 gallon container and fill with cool water. Stir like crazy. It will gel – break it up (I use an old whisk in the container). Use 1/4 C. per load (for front loader). You don’t want suds – that’s what messes up the machine. Good luck!

Donna Layne - March 24, 2010

I have made this soap before and must warn everyone….it leaves a hard white soap scum buildup that will clog your washers drain system…especially if you use the built in fill cups that are on front load and the new Cabrio and Bravo washers. I had to have the repairman out for my brand new, two month old Cabrio and he showed me all the hard white soap buildup. Most of the insides of the washer had to be replaced and were NOT covered under the warranty since I used this soap. On the older model top loaders it only will clog the drain hose which can be replaced easier then all the tubes etc in the new models.

Amy - March 24, 2010

I was told to wash an empty load in the washer with some white vinegar to clean out the soap scum. Has anyone done this?

Linda Woodhose - March 25, 2010

For the person asking about Front loader washing machines and reular detergent,
We have a Bosch Front loader washing machine we had serviced(long story) and while the service man was here, he told us that you should not use more than a few Tablespoons of any detergent for these machines. Also he told us to occassionally run an empty hot load in the machine using only vinegar to clean the machine of excess residue from laundry products. Many of the non HE products have extra sudsing agents the are not as easily rinsed out of the machine because they use less water. Hope that helps.

Melinda - March 25, 2010

I also have a front loader – LOVE IT!

As for HE – Always use that. Too many suds will ruin your machine.

As for vinegar – it’s a great machine cleaner and I run it 1-2 times a month in an empty washer to keep the mold out. I also keep the window open overnight after using the machine so it can completely dry out.

I also use vinegar as a fabric softener. It’s cheaper than regular softener and since our family can’t have scents (allergies), it work great for us. Your wash may come out smelling faintly like vinegar, but after it drys the smell is completely gone.

Bobbie Yelverton - March 31, 2010

All you have to do is follow directions on what you are using. I use &
sell Charlies Soap. I use 1/8 Cup of liquid and OxyiClean a small amt.
included when there are white clothes to wash.

Alfred - June 30, 2012


I just got a front load washer/dryer combo.

I just bought a new jug of Cheer detergent.

Would I be safe to use a tablepsoon of this soap in a full wash?

thanks for the advice.

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