Dr. Bronner’s OK for HE Washing Machines!

We got an Energy Starred, HE washing machine close to a year ago. According to the instruction manual, it is of vital importance that you use the correct laundry detergent in these things or else something dire will happen, and more importantly, you will void your warranty. So I dutifully gave away the dozen or so bottles of Purex I had stocked up (it was a GREAT sale) and started buying Sun & Earth Ultra Laundry Liquid.

Now, Sun & Earth works great and smells even better, I highly recommend it if you can find it. BUT I’ve been buying Dr. Bronner’s by the gallon, and I try to multi-task it as much as possible, so that I have less plastic coming into the house.

Now, Dr. Bronner’s lists a million uses for their products on their bottle, but nothing specific on front loading, HE washers. ( I’ve had these bottles for a looong time, though. For all I know, they’ve updated their packaging.)

I was nervous about using Dr. Bronner’s in the HE machine without some reassurance, so I emailed the company, but I didn’t really expect anything to come of it.

Lo and behold, a prompt reply:

Hi Robin,

Thanks for writing. Both the castile soap and the Sal Suds work well in HE washing machines. For the castile soap, use 1/8-1/3 c. per load, for SalSuds use 1 Tbsp. You can add 1/4 c. of baking soda for an extra boost. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

One more reason to love Dr. Bronner’s…customer service!


  1. Anonymous says

    Thank you for this post! I just started buying Dr. Bronner's soap and was hoping I could use it in my he washer but didn't want to risk it. I really appreciate you posting your response from the company!!!

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