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What detergent do u use for this type of washer

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You have to use HE High Efficiency detergent which is a low sudsing detergent, ERA , Tide makes one, do not use regular detergent which will cause too much sudsing and will void your warrenty, you will be suprised on how little detergent is used with a front loading washing machine compared with a top loading machine

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