How to Use Regular Detergent in a Whirlpool Duet

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Whirlpool manufactures a Duet line of front-loading washers for residential use which use less water than top-loading washers. These front-loading washers perform best when high-efficiency (HE) detergent is used in the wash cycle. HE detergents create fewer suds than regular detergents, so the clothes will rinse properly in the lesser amount of water used in a Duet washer. Regular detergent might be used in a pinch, however, if a lesser amount is used so the washtub doesn't fill with suds. It's also a good idea to clean the washer once a month to remove soap buildup in the tub and keep the washer fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Regular powdered or liquid detergent
  • Chlorine bleach

Cleaning Your Laundry

  • Add your clothes to the washtub.

  • Pour 1/2 the amount of regular powdered or liquid detergent for your load size into the detergent dispenser.

  • Turn the wash cycle selector knob to select the appropriate wash cycle, then press "Start."

Cleaning the Washer

  • Remove any clothes that are in the washer tub.

  • Add 2/3 cup of chlorine bleach to the bleach dispenser. Do not add detergent.

  • Close the washer door. Select the "Clean Washer" cycle.

  • Press "Start."

  • Open the door after the cleaning cycle is complete. Leave the door ajar to allow the interior of the washer to dry out completely.

Tips & Warnings

  • Whirlpool recommends only HE detergent be used in its Duet washers. Use HE detergent whenever possible.

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