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Can I use regular detergent with my high efficency Kenmore Elite?

Can I use regular powder or liquid detergent, and if so, how much?

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Yes to both one capfulof the liquid and about the same in a powder

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Using regular detergent for your HE4 kinda defeats it's purpose.. HE detergents are formulated so very little water is nessessary for it to do it's job and rinse completely.

you can use regular detergent if you absolutely have to.. but i recommend liquid and very little of it. using powder might get you white clay-like stuff stuck on your clothing.

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