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Can I use fabric softener in my HE Kenmore Elite washing machine?
Detergent and beach are available...but what about Downey?

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    there is water in fabric softner cup.

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As you look at your dispenser. The Left compartment is for Detergent. The Right Front compartment is for the Fabric Softener Liquid. The Right Rear compartment is for Chlorine Bleach.

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A quick and easy way to find out which tray is which is to pull the detergent drawer out just so that you can see into it. Start a pre-wash and see where the water runs in, then advance to the main wash and observe. Finally start a rinse cycle and where the water goes in is where the conditioner/softener goes.
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These washers are engineered to use very little water, so you only need a little detergent. If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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