List of High Energy Detergent Brands

High energy or efficiency (HE) washing machines are designed to save water and energy. HE washing machines can use up to 60 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than traditional washing machines. According to the National Geographic Green Guide, most HE washers use 18 to 25 gallons of water per load, approximately half that of traditional washing machines. Most HE washing machines recommend the use of HE detergents, or highly concentrated formulas that create less bubbles.

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day offers a line of HE-compatible laundry detergents. Detergents are available in five scents: baby blossom, basil, geranium, lavender and lemon verbena. There is also a scent-free detergent available. Choose from 64-ounce/64-load or 32-ounce/32-load sizes. Detergent ingredients include plant-derived anionic surfactants, cotton extracts, borax, enzymes and essential oils for scent.

Bio Spectra Attitude

Bio Spectra Attitude laundry detergent is a concentrated laundry detergent designed for HE washing machines. Attitude is a cold-water wash product that comes in scents such as lavender and grapefruit or ylang-ylang and tangerine. This biodegradable detergent contains corn and coconut surfactants and essential oils. Product options include 2x concentration 60-ounce/40-load or 3x concentration 36-ounce/30-load sizes.


Method’s HE-compatible laundry detergent is fragrance-free and biodegradable. Ingredients include coconut-derived surfactants, corn sugar-derived solvents, coconut soap, glyercine, enzymes and borate salt. Method detergent is available in a 32-ounce/32-load size.


The Gain laundry product line contains three HE-compatible detergents. Scent options include original fresh, island fresh, spring lavender and apple mango. Gain HE detergent contains biodegradable surfactants and enzymes. Gain detergent is available in 50-ounce/32-load, 100-ounce/64-load, 150-ounce/96-load and 170-ounce/110-load sizes.


Tide offers a line of HE detergents. All products are concentrated and low-sudsing. Tide’s HE products are available in original or clean breeze scents. Ingredients include borax, citric acid, sodium salt, enzymes and laureth-9. Tide’s HE detergent options include dye- and scent-free, cold-water formulas; gentle care; and additives such as bleach, Febreeze or Downy fabric softener. Tide HE detergents are available in a range of sizes, from one- to two-use travel sizes to 100-ounce/60-load bottles.


Ecos offers an HE-compatible, liquid laundry detergent. The product contains ingredients such as coconut kernel oil surfactants, horsetail plant extract, coconut-based fabric softener and essential oils. Ecos detergent is biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Scents include magnolia and lilies, lavender, and lemongrass, and a fragrance-free option is also available. Ecos comes in 50-ounce, 100-ounce, 210-ounce, 5-gallon and 55-gallon sizes. Front-loading HE washing machines use 1 to 1-1/2 ounces per load.

Mountain Green

Mountain Green detergents are HE compatible, biodegradable and contain no phosphates, benzene or enzymes. Choose from scent-free, lavender or citrus detergents. Ingredients include coconut or palm surfactants, food-grade preservatives and essential oils. Available sizes include 32-ounce/32-load bottles and 20-ounce refill pouches.

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