I know y’all remember our autumn adventure from some time back…and how it was a faulty washing machine that was at the bottom of it…and how said faulty machinery was replaced before the renovations…and that I could not use the new machine because we had to move out, well live elsewhere…Anyways I’m going to, finally, give a review of the new machines that got rid of our dirty laundry and ugly kitchen.
We got the front loaders with pedestals and I must say I love ‘em. The dryer is super & duper. The washer is very efficient with water usage and I tell you it gets our clothes purdy clean. We do use the HE liquid detergent, yes it’s a bit more costly than the regular kind, but you use less and by that I mean way, way less and therefore really do get more loads per bottle. Yes these front loaders are prone to smelling musty and after about a year of use ours did have a bit of a smell, even though we leave the door open.
I searched for a solution and learned that the use of HE detergents was the alleged cause. I say alleged because the research blamed HE’ s on accounta they were made from animal fats (more on this later) Humm, and crap we buy in bulk, most of the time. So we have gallons if not barrels of the stuff on hand.
Now our smell wasn’t as bad as others claim theirs to be… He double hockey sticks no, I knew this because our clothes didn’t smell musty after they were dried. I checked and sure enough our HE soap did NOT use animal fats, but still we had a faint musty odor. I found where it was suggested to use vinegar in the rinse cycle, besides it’s a fairly good fabric softener – Double duty.
My tips on Front Loaders, (I’m not liable for your decision to use my tips)
Wash the biggest loads you can as the washer will work better and it makes your pile smaller faster – Win Win.
Use about a quarter cup (or less) of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser, especially on your last load for the week.
Leave the washer door open WHEN NOT IN USE DUH!
Dry around the rubber door dohicky every once in a while, maintenance is a good thing
Don’t use fabric softener, or if you feel you must use as small an amount as possible & see the vinegar tip above
Don’t use fabirc softener sheets in the dryer, they clog up the lint filter and the dryer will not be as efficient
About that "Animal fats" thing: all soap has some form of fat / oil in it.
And in Summary- front loading washers & dryers get a 6 thumbs ups as does HE laundry detergents
FTC Disclosure: I received no compensations of any kind for my opinion of these products, unless you include the lack of Dirty Laundry at our house. Now someone fetch my pig, my feet are a bit cold.