Any standard liquid or granular laundry detergent can be used with a Maytag Performa Washer. The user's guide recommends adding the detergent prior to loading the washer. The amount of detergent used should correspond with load size, hardness of water and the amount of soiling.
Standard bleaches and fabric softeners are also compatible with Maytag Performa Washers. For all brands of laundry product, the user's guide instructs owners to fill the dispensers to the indicated fill line.
Though all models of Maytag Performa Washers are discontinued, the full user's guides are available for download in PDF format on the Maytag website.