As a person who has used a lotta laundromats w/ front loading washers
over the years, I can assure you the new FL washers are not the same
as the older FL washers.
The new "water saver" FL washers leave a gallon or two of wash/rinse
water in the water reservoir. This is how they save water and it's
also what causes that wretched stink, if not left open to air out.
The old FL washers did not retain any wash water, but emptied it all
like a top-loader (TL). Also, Consumer Reports did a comparison of
washers (FL and TL), earlier this yr. Their final conclusion was, no
current made washing machine washes as well as washers manufactured 10
I suggest a used GE top loader with the lil' white lint basket perched
on the top of the agitator post. They were built like tanks and
out-cleaned any other washer on the mkt. Problem is, parts are
beginning to disappear and no one is gonna make parts for a 20 yr old
Another good similar type top loader was, maybe still is, Whirlpool.
I'll bet the 20 y/o Whirlpool I sold with my house 10 years ago is still
WTS: My 10 y/o Whirlpool Duet is a good affordable machine. Washes the
clothes and uses much less water. BUT I do have to keep the door seal
wiped down throughly and leave the door open when not in use. I never
have to use a sanitizer. This was not true at first and there was a
short learning curve. Nothing worse than mold in a washer.
Excellent suggestion, NB. My old GE top loader c. 1994 with the
leaking transmission is still out in the garage. The miseries was going
to use it for rugs, etc, but the occasion never came up. I'll open it
up one weekend and see what it looks like inside. If not rusted, etc.,
I'll look into having the transmission rebuilt. Already checked and
that transmission is indeed obsolete.
My Aunt has one. She does the following....Use a second rinse setting
if you have the option on your machine. Always leave the door open
when not in use, this lets it dry out and not get moldy.
Like low water use toilets, they work great if you flush them twice!
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It used to be allowed to dump the gray water outside the septic system.
Well, the state and possibly the feds changed that. I have had three
separate plumbers and the code enforcement guy tell me that. Something to do
with chemicals causing algae bloom or some such. The plumbers just say
change it back when they leave but I have to do it this way now. I can't do
that stuff any more so it remains going into the septic system. I don't like
it but ?
What do you think about talking to the neighbors and if they have the
same problem, have a neighborhood BBQ/meeting and agree to converge on
the best gubmint rep for the city/county and get this straightened out?
Guv Bob;3280146 Wrote:
> They don't get the clothes clean and stink about every 2-3 weeks. Have
> been buying some brand name cleaner that costs a fortune. Anyone have
> another clearner that will get that stink out and doesn't cost and arm
> and leg? Main ingredient on the brand name is sodium carbonate, so I'm
> wondering if I just dump some plain sodium carbonate (washing soda) in
> with some vinegar if that would do just as good. I don't want to use
> Stupid ass environmentatlly unconscious Calif wackies.
You must try to find one on Amazon hope you get a nice one their with
features that you need. Because there are many seller which offering
their products with different features.
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