Choosing detergents, assistance requested.
I have spent much time reading the threads here and am in need of some significant assistance, or at least I think I am.
I have always used a top load washer, traditional style. I also have always used a single detergent for my laundry, simple plain old liquid Tide. Nothing special about my routine.
About a year ago I noticed my clothes, especially my white clothes were, shall we say? DINGY as all get out! I tried Clorox. Also tried Clorox #2. Nothing seemed to help. I tried and tried with no improvement. I finally gave up and started just dropping our clothes (Husband and I) laundry at the laundry mat for them to wash and dry. Viola! Clean clothes.
Fast-Forward to now. Just moved in a new house and purchased our first HE machine. It is a top load GE with the Hydrowash system. It seems to do a good job at cleaning, at least with the stains. My quandary is this: How do I KEEP our clothes looking clean?
The laundry mat used a commercial detergent (I don't know what kind) and it not only got our clothes BACK to looking good, it kept them that way. I am looking for ANY advice as to what would be best to use detergent wise, to keep our whites white and dark colors from fading.
Reading here I am convinced that I need to use a detergent for colors and one for whites. From some online reviews I have read I was thinking of trying liquid ALL HE for the colors and powder Tide w/Bleach HE for the whites and light colored clothes.
I am completely open to ANY and ALL suggestions you guys have. I have always enjoyed doing laundry and after reading the forum for a few days I am convinced if anyone can help, it will be you guys!