I bought a front loader and it's in my new house which I haven't
moved into yet. My question is, can I use additives like washing
soda, Borax, etc? I know I have to buy an HE detergent but was
wondering about the other stuff.
I always used washing soda in my front loader. I would put a handful in the
drum with the washing or dissolve it in hot water and pour it into the
dispenser. I've never used Borax so can't help you there dear.
My front loader is no more, I have been doing it by hand for a few months -
hard work and my poor hands are raw from wringing and hanging out on the
line in winter winds. It sometimes takes an age to dry and I don't believe
it's anywhere near as clean either.
Lissa feel? Wringing your hands and hanging them on the line are not
The important thing is not to put too much gravel in a front loader. My
BIL did that, then went too fast over rough ground. Now it sinks when
he stands on it to prune his apple trees.
alone for a while so I get used to a front loader's abilities. Then
trying the additives I have to see if there is any difference.
thought it was a good idea since I have these as leftover from my
You will find the front loader washes quite well as long as you don't
put too many clothes in at a time. I've had mine for about a year and
I am so happy with it. I haven't had a need for Borax since getting
it, but I would probably add a little of it in the pre-treater portion
of the detergent tray if I had a load of moth ball or urine smelling
laundry. Washing soda is usually only needed where there is hard
water, so you may not need it in your new location. Other additives:
Pre-treating stains gets done the same as before, Stain Stick or spray
with Zout. Bleach and fabric softener each have a special little bin
in the detergent adding drawer. I sometimes add vinegar to the rinse
instead of commercial fabric softeners and so far that has caused no
problems. Follow the HE detergent directions for how much to add. If
by chance you have too many suds in a load you can eliminate some by
adding a little fabric softener immediately, so just pour a little in
the detergent part of the detergent tray/drawer followed by a cup of
water to help it get down into the washing load. A few moments later
you should see less suds, if not add a little more softener.
There is a little learning curve for filling a front loader without
over filling it. If you have over-filled it your clothes will still
smell dirty at the end of the wash, simply break the load into two
loads and re-wash them.
If your front loader gets a musty odor clean the rubber portions
around the inside of the door and such according to your machine
owner's manual, then run the washer with a little detergent or Arm &
Hammer and after it has stopped leave the door slightly ajar until it
is dry inside the machine.
Debra in VA
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