Yes, sure it does matter in terms of water and energy savings. When our thought process is exceedingly more during the selection of high efficiency washing machine, the same has to be incorporated during our selection of laundry detergent as well. Choosing the right detergent plays a very important role in getting our clothes cleaned properly. I have an IFB machine at home and strictly adhere to the manufacturer specified liquid detergent.
One must understand that the washing machine specific powders/liquid now come adhering to the latest technologies on which the machines are designed. Their formulations and chemicals present comply to match the latest requirements of new technologies. Basically, these high efficient detergents differ from the normal ones in the amount of producing suds and usage of water. They are inclined to low-sudsing (ie. produce less lather) and efficient dispersion. Generally, machines require less lather to be produced during tumbling or agitator action as they use less water for washing. Also, with ordinary washing powder, the parts get corroded sooner as the residues get deposited and doesn't get rinsed well in normal cycles. In that case, it takes on longer cycles for wash consuming more electricity as well.
Hence, it's advisable to use manufacturer recommended detergent for efficient washing and to ensure longer life of the machine. Also, do follow lime scale maintenance cycle at least once in a month and cleaning of filters.
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