I'm re-posting this, hopefully into ''Washing Machines'', as I managed to get it into ''Dishwashers'' before...Doh!
I'm hoping someone can help with a solution to the following...
I have a 2nd-hand Servis Easi-Logic 1300 that has just finished its 1st wash cycle with me. However, none of the detergent (powder) in the drawer was used! The fabric conditioner was taken ok. The person I got it from has gone on holiday, so I'm unable to ask them - though as far as I'm aware, it was working fine & they're a friend, so wouldn't ''do the dirty(!)'' on me...
I'm in the UK & aware that the company closed down last year, & have also been unable to find a manual - any hints on that one?
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You did not post any info on the make and model. The front loading type of washing machines MUST use "HE" types of detergent. This is because a front loading machine causes suds and regular detergent is not made for reduced suds. The best laundry soap according to consumer reports is Persil. You don't need very much either. Most people use way too much detergent.
Use high efficiency detergent that s more concentrated.
It uses MUCH lesser detergent VoLUME than conventional.
The detergent has "He" letter on the bottle. And usually with FULl load it uses only about 150+-cc ( my cup is on 3marked level provided by the detergent bottle)
Hope this helps!
I had the same problem with my LG Tromm and was ready to throw away every one of my towels they were so rank smelling. As a last resort I filled the detergent area with one cup of white vinegar and ran a load through on hot. Then I washed them with just a tablespoon at most of detergent. They came out smelling fine, the mildew smell was completely gone. How long it will last, I don't know.
I also read somewhere recently that we all use way too much detergent in our washers and dishwashers. And surprise, surprise, the post went on to say that too much detergent in your towels/clothes can leave a musty, mildewy smell in them.
Now when I do laundry, no matter what it is, I use about 1/4 of the amount of detergent called for, even though the HE uses so much less. In all, maybe 1-2 Tbsp, and everything comes out just as clean.
Also, try using a product from Clorox just for front loading washing machines. It's Clorox Washing Machine cleaner...it seemed to help with the overall smell. And I agree, I will never buy this particular machine again.
If your washer is rated for HE detergent, then you're supposed to use HE detergent. The reason being is that HE detergent is concentrated and specifically made for washing machines that use LESS water than conventional washers. Regular detergents are formulated for machines that use about 35 gallons of water for a full wash tub. If you use that same soap in a washer that only uses 5 to 7 gallons of water, you are in affect putting a higher concentration of soap in your new washer. Originally, manufacturers of HE machines stated that you could use regular detergents as long as you cut back on the amount. They later retracted that statement, because regular detergents were damaging the HE washers. You should review your warranty closely. Most newer models now have a disclaimer that states if you use the wrong detergent in your new washer, the warranty becomes null and void. I hope this answers any questions you may have.