Considering that washing soda is an alkali, and vinegar is an acid... no, it won't do "just as
good". You'll get sodium acetate, carbon dioxide, and water -- none of which is really worth
a hoot as a cleaning agent except water, and you already have plenty of that.
Plain washing soda by itself will do about as well as the detergent. What made you think
adding vinegar would be beneficial?
On Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:35:15 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
The LG my wife just bought doesn't really latch closed unless it is
running. There is also a "half catch" that holds it cracked open a bit
to dry. I suppose there is somebody out there who might not look to
see if there is a kid in there before they throw in a load but they
are too dumb to reproduce anyway.
Why would anyone dump a washing machine in their septic tank? This
house had a separate dry well for the washer when I moved in but when
I relocated it I just started dumping the water on the Banana trees
behind the garage They love it.
Oh, I don't know -- vinegar works better for cleaning mildew off
windows, etc. Just guessing.
Various responses.... thanks to all... good info in this thread!
This washer is a top loading water-saving POS. No agitator -- figure
that out.... End up having to wash some things twice. Spins so hard it
puts wrinkles in some clothes. Hope it never goes out of balance. Has
no lint filter so (a) drain needs flushing out more than ever and (2)
more lint is carried over into the dryer which means longer drying
Previous top loader was 1994 GE, plain old regular water. Had a lint
filter, mini basket. Drain pump flowrate was slow enough for our small
drain pipes. Lasted about 10 years then the transmission started
leaking. Quote of $250 to repair would have been the smart thing to do.
Instead now I have an extra large paperweight.
Yes, I leave the top open to air out.
I wouldn't recommend using glacial acetic acid. That's nasty stuff.
Vinegar is strong enough for household cleaning. 1:4 bleach/water
sounds good - I'll give it a try.
Some asian countries promote this type of low water top loading washer.
Makes hardly any noise at all. I like the noisy version myself. US &
Canadian made stuff (even if now made elsewhere) is always better made
and lasts longer. That's my experience, anyway. OT, but I'm seeing
"Made in China" printed on food more and more in the chain grocery
stores. "Chinese quality control" means it was shipped without falling
Heard more bad things about front loaders than top loaders. But, in my
case, I would gladly swap my top loading dirty-in dirty-out model for a
decent front loader.
On my comment about Calif wackies..... They are really not crazy --
they are in most cases cleverly manipulating the system to favor one
company over another.
There's a bill in Sacramento to split Calif into 2 states. The new
state would be called Jefferson. What's left of the old state would be
named Mind-Numbing Stupidity.
<That's all folks>
Mixing chemicals by "just guessing", without knowing what the results will be, might not be
the best idea you've had this week.
My junior high school shop teacher was disfigured for life when he "just guessed" that
muriatic acid might be the next thing to try, after lye failed to open a clogged drain in the
wood shop. He's lucky to still have his sight.
It was just a stupid comment. A trailer park is the least likely place
where you could discharge the washer onto the ground. Trailers are
usually less than 10 feet apart.
I have about an acre of undeveloped ground around me and it is not an
issue at all. In fact, it is water conservation.
Why waste the water?
Why contaminate your septic tank?
On 9/6/14, 2:09 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
There was a septic tank here when my grandparents moved in, in 1925. My
grandfather used it for bathroom water. Kitchen water went to its row of
drain tiles. Laundry water went to another row.
Grease from the kitchen can mess up a drain field. So can lint from a
washer. Putting that stuff elsewhere meant more air for bacteria in the
toilet drain field to work and less to clog it.
My top loader, 35 years old, leaves the cotton/polyester feeling almost
dry, and indeed it dries in 5 minutes or less in the dryer. In fact I
have to include a towel or some knitted underwear to keep them from
drying too fast and getting hotter than I want (which for some reason I
think ruins the permanent press permanently. (Maybe the wrinkles are
only temporary but so far I'm not taking chances.)
Otoh towels and knitted shirts and underwear certainly arent' dripping
and I don't know if a faster spinner would get more water out of them.
I often watch the washer discharge hose in the sink to see how much
water is coming out. When it's little enough I turn off the washer. If
it's too much when the washer stops, I might put it back in the spin
section of the cycle again, but that only happens when I've already
fiddled with the times.
You know, you just reminded me. Another poster explained to me how to
solve my sink-backing-up problem, for which I'm still grateful, by
routing the washer drain straight to the drain pipe but 7 feet above the
floor. I've told my 3 neighbors about that, but this is one big reason
I don't want to do it myself, because I like to see what is coming out
of the washer, how dirty the water is, if the spin section has done all
Here in Europe, front-loading washers have been the norm for a very
long time already. The stink issues are real, but can greatly be
remedied, or in most cases even totally avoided, by doing two things:
1) Always keep the washer's door at least a tiny little bit open when
the appliance is not in use.
2) In case you rarely or never use the washer at its maximum
temperature (which is 90°C on European washers and thus rarely
needed), occasionally (say, once a month) run the washer without any
clothes in it at maximum temperature. Use some normal detergent when
doing this - special cleaners for that purpose are available, but
My mother had an old Bendix front loader. I don't recall all the
details, but it used to walk across the floor from vibration. Not sure
how well it cleaned the clothes. It replaced an old Maytag wringer
washer. That was back about 1950.
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