Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

Highlights

Open

Contests and
Sweeps

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

Driver Safety

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

PROGRAMS

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

You can get free, face-to-face tax assistance nationwide.

Money Matters Tip Sheets

Download and print out these PDFs to help with your financial matters.

AARP Books

Visit the Money Section

Enjoy titles on retirement, Social Security, and becoming debt-free.

webinars

Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming Money webinar or find materials from a past session. 

Jobs You Might Like

most popular
articles

Viewed

Commented

Ask Sid

The Right Detergent for the Job

Q. Do high-efficiency laundry detergents do a better job?

A. A high-efficiency or HE detergent is recommended for washing machines that are more energy-efficient. In fact, some new models’ warranties will not cover problems caused by the use of regular detergents, reports ShopSmart, a magazine published by Consumers Union.

In general, effective cleaning is a matter of choosing the right type of detergent for your washing machine. Regular detergents create more suds and are intended for older top loaders.

Using them in newer front loaders and high-efficiency top loaders, which use less water, can cause delays in washing cycles, keep clothes from rinsing properly and promote odor-causing residue.

HE detergents are more concentrated, so be sure to measure carefully. Using too much will hurt washing performance.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Money blog

The Cheap Life

Jeff Yeager Cheap Life Ultimate Cheapskate AARP YouTube web series save money

Catch the latest episode of The Cheap Life starring Jeff Yeager, AARP's Ultimate Cheapskate. Watch

Discounts & Benefits