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Mustang



Joined: 15 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 11 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I live in a very hard water area, do as low a temperature wash as I can (30C) and never have my machine clog up. It's shiny and clean.

Whenever I do a wash, I halve the amount of powder usually used, and add a 1/2 cup of washing soda. I also use vinegar in the conditioner container.

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
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Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 11 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Midland Spinner wrote:
Now I put a dash of washing-up liquid (fairy or equivalent) in with most washes - seems to help get shot of the oil that accumulates. Not too much fairy, otherwise you get a flood of froth escaping from the powder drawer.

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How much ---are we talking TSP or TBSP?--some people's dashes are more generous than others and I'd like to try that without blowing too many bubbles.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 11 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

lottie wrote:
Midland Spinner wrote:
Now I put a dash of washing-up liquid (fairy or equivalent) in with most washes - seems to help get shot of the oil that accumulates. Not too much fairy, otherwise you get a flood of froth escaping from the powder drawer.

!

How much ---are we talking TSP or TBSP?--some peoples dashes are more generous than others and I'd like to try that without blowing too many bubbles.


Do not - I repeat NOT - try this with Stardrops....

Midland Spinner



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 11 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Usually a generous teaspoonful, but up to about a generous tablespoonful if the overalls are very oily. (I tend to put more than OH)

It doesn't seem to really matter if you put too much, all you get is a froth monster coming out of the powder drawer at you and wet feet as you walk past

We've been doing it for a couple of years but I still don't know what the long-term effect will be on the machine - whether it will ruin the insides or not. Nor what effect it will have on the clothes in the long run.

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 11 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm going back to powder and trying the spoon of washing up liquid---thanks

Woodburner



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

gil wrote:
marigold wrote:
gil wrote:

Ran a de-gunking wash in my washing machine, and checked the filter.


What do you put in your machine to degunk it? Mine stinks, but the variations of hot wash I've tried don't seem to work very well. I've tried vinegar, washing soda and bleach (separately). The stupid modern drainage system causes the problem, I think, though I do clean the outlet hose from time to time.


I used 500g of soda crystals and a hot wash, and washed out the detergent feeder trays.
That seems an awful lot, could you confirm please? Also where do you get it from? I haven't seen any in the shops for ages.

I found a really interesting article on detergents the other day, angled on scouring fleece, but still of general washing interest. I will try and dig it out tomorrow. nn all.

linz71



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I always use about half the recommended dose of powder/ liquid. I also put a good squeeze of washing up liquid on my oven gloves when they go in too as they're black & white.

Theres also been more than one occasion when I've run out of wash powder on a short week and have squeezed a bloody good squirt ( alot more than tbsp) directly onto the clothes in the drum. Not once has there been a bubble monster trying to escape the draw.

As for the Daz theory, maybe theres magic in the blue bits

Hubby recommeds cleaning the sump to cure pongs.

marigold



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
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Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Woodburner Sainsbury's sell soda crystals and so do other supermarkets AFAIK. It's in a green plastic bag in the laundry aisle.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

alice wrote:
Dunno. It just stuck in my mind. Maybe he had shares in a daz factory
Bio.
I use bog-standard 'big-box' too. Not tablets or liquid or double concentrated or any of the variations they come up with to make it acceptable to charge more for less.


The big boxes of powders hold exactly the same detergent. The difference is inert phosphate filler to Make them feel better value. They ain't.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

marigold wrote:
Woodburner Sainsbury's sell soda crystals and so do other supermarkets AFAIK. It's in a green plastic bag in the laundry aisle.


What marigold said. It comes in 1kg bags. Toscos sell it too, in the detergents section.

And yeh, 500g, so half the pack.

Seems to have worked : I used 500g soda, and ran a 60C wash, topped up with a couple of kettlefuls of boiling water through the powder tray I had previously scrubbed out, ran the 'pumping out' cycle, and cleaned out the filter bit (which wasn't that bad but had 1p in it).

My laundry smells of detergent, and the machine doesn't smell.
Result !

alice



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
alice wrote:
Dunno. It just stuck in my mind. Maybe he had shares in a daz factory
Bio.
I use bog-standard 'big-box' too. Not tablets or liquid or double concentrated or any of the variations they come up with to make it acceptable to charge more for less.


The big boxes of powders hold exactly the same detergent. The difference is inert phosphate filler to Make them feel better value. They ain't.


Yes they are, pence per wash, because they're unfashionable and more inconvenient to store.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I suspect they are also better value because it would be so easy to use too much of a concentrated powder, so you use more than you need to again and again.

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Why have I never had this problem? I don't use very much powder or liquid in any wash. Try washing without to see how much soap still keeps coming out, then cut down accordingly.


Mind you I struggle to get stains out of work clothes. I am going to see if washing up liquid shifts sheep poo.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Cathryn wrote:
Mind you I struggle to get stains out of work clothes.


Have you tried pretreating them before they go into the wash?
I normally use non-bio washing stuff, but if the stain is of 'animal' origin - poo, blood, milk, sweat, etc, then I pretreat with the bio washing liquid.
Non-animal stains are either soaked briefly in water with a sprinkle of Vanish or wotnot or are wetted and rubbed with laundry soap first.

That has made a huge difference to the results.

alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 11 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have a massive lump of marseilles soap that sits next to the wm. It works very well, wetted and rubbed straight on to stains before going into the machine.

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