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!