Tip & How-To about Washing Machines
Ok so you when out and dropped several hundred or maybe even a thousand or most on a Brand New washing machine. You are anxious to give it a try. You start a load with great anticipation of super clean clothes. You open the the lid and....disappointment. There is lint all over the clothes. You are so mad, that sales person told me this machine was what I was dreaming of, you thinking to yourself. Well, let's take a closer look. First of all, did you read the owners manual? Or was it easier to slip that manual in your drawer with the rest of the manuals you have accumulated over the years. Second of all, did you assume that because you have been doing laundry all your life ,that with your expertise that you know everything there is to know about laundry? I am here to turn a light on over your head for you. While doing laundry like you have been all these years, up to the point you got this new washer was just as you have always done was correct for your old machine, it is not so for this new machine. I recommend reading the owners manual. I know a lot of people find this tedious but, it would of saved you from this. I will give you a few tips, just in case, you can't find the manual. First, check the detergent bottle. All new washing machines require the HE soap. HE stands for High Efficiency. That means it has less water in it and more soap. You are putting way to much detergent in if you are using a half a cup or more. Second your washer has a huge tub, this does not mean you can jam that sucker full of two or three times the amount of clothes to get done quicker with the chore. Your washer is energy efficient and water saving. What means your old washer used 70 or more gallons of water and now it is using 35 or less. The water does not even come all the way up to the top of the basket you put your clothes in. You see that little wash plate in the center? If you put in just enough clothes to come up to it and not cover it that will be perfect. So you have about 7 or so gallons of water and you put in the old normal amount of detergent and clothes. Do you see where I am going with this? No, it is like this. You over loaded the washer and then you over sudsed the washer. Your clothes can not get clean this way. So before you do any more laundry, run a cold water cycle with no clothes to clear any remaining soap. While this is happening check your detergent bottle for the little blue HE symbol. No symbol, store that soap away so no one else can use it for the washer and run to the store to get the one with HE one it. Now, you can begin a new cycle. First , select your cycle, sort your clothes. If you have a top loading washer , lay the clothes around the center of the wash plate, (agitator), evenly and with approximately the same weight per item, and do not add to many items. Next, because the detergent is concentrated add one tablespoon of detergent to the washer. Yes, I said tablespoon. I know the bottle says more but, remember they are in business to and if they can get you to buy more soap they will. Now, add your fabric softener, if you use it. Close the lid , start the cycle. When you return, you should have beautifully clean clothes.
Why was my first load linty? The answer is simple, when you put in the same amount of clothes and soap as you were used to, this is what happened, the washer created so much suds with the concentrated soap and the less water, when it was spinning out and draining. The soap got caught up in you clothes. Your clothes acted like a filter. Even after, going through the entire cycle there was actual suds left, as the clothes set there waiting for you to come remove them, the soap dissipated and you where left with what looked like lint on your clothes.
So, less soap, less clothes, and more loads. I hope you enjoy your new washing machine. If you need any help. Contact me. Have a great day.
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