Do NOT PUT Fabric Softener in the BLEACH Dispenser!!

After two years of pouring the directed amount of both concentrated and reg ular liquid fabric softener into the bleach dispenser receptacle of our top -load washing machine, something started happening:
Bleach no longer followed the correct path into the fill-stream of water en tering the machine! Instead, it simply overflowed the sub-tray(underneath the marked receptacle) and spilled directly onto laundry in the drum. Eno ugh bleach remained in that sub-tray to spill over onto non-bleach(colored) loads, ruining 3 of my wife's favorite pants!!
I had to remove the top receptacle, soak up all the liquid that had accumul ated in the sub-tray, and wait a couple hours for it to dry. After that, I was able to scrape out nearly ONE-EIGHTH INCH of solid accumulated fabric softener from the bottom of that tray. I used a toothpick to remove additi onal crud from the slit that feeds the channel at the top of the drum that carries bleach around the top of the drum to mix with the in-stream of wate r filling the washer.
I then put the empty washer on rinse cycle, and poured one cup of hot water from my K-Cup machine into the bleach sub-tray, to really clean it out.
What a FU%$!#@ING MESS!!
So much for following the directions on the label. From now on, we are di luting our fabric softener with water and pouring it directly into the mach ine while it is filling water for a load cycle. After we run out, we wil l buy only the laundry detergent that combines fabric softener.
And the only thing going into the bleach dispenser is BLEACH - and a once-y early flush with 190degree water.
Fabric softener - what a damn RIPOFF anyway. They didn't have "fabric thof tener" - la de dahh - in WW2!! And their clothes came out fine!
sheesh...
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Hi, ?????, how come bleach was poured into wrong place? I don't get it. They are marked.
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Tony Hwang wrote:

Shit happens. I did that once but in reverse. I started putting the softener in the bleach tray but caught my mistake after a small amount was dispensed. Don't daydream while doing laundry. When you get older, you'll understand.
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On 2/10/2014 8:06 AM, willshak wrote:

I put metamucil in my dentures, one time. Didn't hold very well, but I was regular that day.
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On Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:06:36 AM UTC-5, willshak wrote:

I just accidentally poured fabric softener into the bleach tray because I was distracted. Sounds like one time won't kill the washer at least.
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Hello??!
Folks, re-read the post.
The specific instructions on the bottle of fabric softener are to pour required amount of softener into the bleach dispenser, of machines having one, during the fill for the rinse cycle.
I did so for nearly two years.
My machine has NO SEPARATE fabric softener intake area. Heck, the ones in our old apartment has NO separate dispensers at all. After said two years of doing so, the softener gummed up, impeding the flow of bleach where it had to go.
Bleach accumulated, overflowed the secondary tray, and spilled, unbeknownst to us, directly onto laundry.
Got it now? troll my ass.
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On 2/9/2014 2:49 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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What brand of washing machinw and what brand of softener? I have never hear d of a USA brand saying to put the softener into the bleach dispenser. Ble ach is immediately put into the wash water, fabric softener goes into the r inse water, else it is just wasted away by the rinse cycle after being flus hed out in the main wash cycle. Bleach always goes into the wash cycle, an d after it does its job it is rinsed away.
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Not quite "always".
The machine I have now has one dispenser for bleach, one for fabric softener.
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Rocky,
If the fabric softener that you use advises you to put the softener into the bleach dispensor during the rinse fill and doing that caused glop then notify the fabric softener's customer service folks. They will be interested in your problem and may send you some money to help buy some pants.
Dave M.
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Good point. I am about to contact my fabric softener's customer service folks because several bottles have "lumped up" to the point of being unusable without adding really hot water. The bottle says that might happen if the stuff gets below freezing, but it hasn't. It's a pain in the ass to have to "de-lump" the FS every time we do a load of laundry. I tried heating the whole bottle in a hot water bath, but it quickly reverted to its former lumpy self in short order.
I just had a softener related failure - after about ten years (and possibly because the FS had become thickened and I had not noticed) the fabric softener dispenser gooed up to the point of failure. An overnight soak of the easy-to-remove dispenser on the top of the agitator in warm vinegar solution and a workover with a power steamer cleared up the problem.
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Actually, in this whole thread, I've wondered about the instructions in the washing machine manual. Were they consulted?

Why? It's in the best interest of the detergent manufacturer to accommodate Spanish speakers. Are you trying to interfere with capitalism and free speech?
Here in Michigan, we get a fair amount of stuff labeled in both English and French, suitable for the Canadian market as well as us.
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On 2/10/2014 4:22 PM, Cindy Hamilton wrote:

I think Americans should be blended, not diverse.
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Cindy Hamilton wrote: "Why? It's in the best interest of the detergent ma nufacturer to accommodate Spanish speakers. Are you trying to interfere with capitalism and free speech?
Here in Michigan, we get a fair amount of stuff labeled in both English and French, suitable for the Canadian market as well as us. "
It works for Canada because they LEGISLATE two official languages there. Not so here. The United States of America, most powerful nation industria lly and militarily, yet since 1776, NOWHERE in our Constitution or other la w books was declared an OFFICIAL LANGUAGE - English or otherwise!
America - no official language - kinda like a car with no controls to raise or lower the windows.
Here I am, to the left of most liberals in this country, yet more conservat ive on official language than even most republicans. What the..?!
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And Cindy as far as "freedom of speech" is comcerned, that does not cover what language you *speak on the job.*
I'm tired of going into a fast food, asking for extra ketchup or the like, and then having to wait while the counter rep calls their supervisor to translate my special request, not to mention making other customers behind me wait longer!
In the business place, Cindy, efficiency supercedes freedom of speech. Once you're off the clock, you can speak in whatever tongue you desire. ;)
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Well, that's the fault of the store's management. Still no reason to involve the government.
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On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:20:23 AM UTC-5, Cindy Hamilton wrote:

r what language you *speak on the job.*

e, and then having to wait while the counter rep calls their supervisor to translate my special request, not to mention making other customers behind me wait longer!

______ That's true - the store manager(or the chain if applicable) could mandate t hat you have to speak basic English to work there. But human nature is wha t it is - companies are all about the bottom line, regardless of what langu age its employees can speak - which is why a national language might help.
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