I have had my LG front loader washer (and dryer) for about 3 months now. Previously, when i had my top loader washer, i could get my white clothes ridiculously sparkling white. i used Tide with Bleach then and now i use Tide HE with these new LG's. when i first got the LG W and D, they installed the doors incorrectly on the dryer and a service man had to come out and switch them (they are stacked). he then told me that i could not use anything other than HE detergent and tht i would only need a tablespoon of it. (i use powdered Tide HE) - well, i have been using a tablespoon and the default wash type and cycle, but the white clothes, like socks do not get sparkling white. i am really disgusted and frustrated. i now put about 3 tablespoons in - its a little better but not a lot.
it is making me wish i had a top loader - i could get regular detergent and get the clothes super clean also. what should i do. i also use bleach with the whites too. PLEASE tell me what you recommend to get the whites clean because it is driving me crazy!!!
Woolite for dark clothing - can i use this in the front loader or not - it is not HE. i have not seen Woolite for dark clothing in HE, so is it dangerous to use it for my dark clothes without it being HE compliant? although for regular fine washables i use Woolite HE.
ONLY USE HE DETERGENT, The repairman just left my house today, 24 August 2009, my washer had water spewing from the detergent tray, and soaked my floors:PROBLEM, my hoses were filled with NON-HE detergent, the repairman was really nice and told me that it could have automatically voided my warranty, but he wrote it up "differently" and smacked my hand. He showed me the hose and if was just clogged terribly, he ran the spin and rinse cyle and I thought the suds would never go away, but they finally did.
I have had my Whirlpool front loaders for about 3 years now. I have had no problems with getting my whites white nor do I have issues with having soft clothes. This is what I do. I use BORAX. I put the borax (powder) in the same area with my detergent. I use about 1/4 cup. I use Tide for sensitive skin HE and only fill it up to the first line. Then I add bleach in the bleach area, usually to the max line. I then add softner, but that I also only add to the 1st line. I then run the cycle in the whitest white setting.
As soon as it beeps that the laundry is done, I put them in the dryer, no dryer sheets. My clothes come out super white, and are always soft.
When I am doing colors, I do the same thing, but instead I use color safe bleach. Everything I use says that it is HE. Since I don't use very much (I use the borax instead) I don't seem to be spending that much more on laundry items. I would rather spend the extra money then worry that I might break my washing machine :)
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These are very similar to top loaders, with the exception of the fact that the use a fraction of the water the older top loaders use. To work best, use the recommended amount or less of your favorite detergent that is available as an HE formula. The HE detergents to not create as much suds as the non HE types; which is required with the small amount of water the machines use. It also ensures the clothes will rinse all soap out completely. Resist the urge to use the less expensive "regular" detergent instead of the HE types - it will cost you more in the end if you don't - trust me. Like top loaders, don't overload the machine either.
When done washing clothes for the day, leave the washer door open over night - to allow the insides of the machine to dry. These doors are water tight as opposed to the top loader and allowing it to dry will prevent nasty mold from forming inside. You might consider running a clothes-less cycle with hot water and bleach to kill mold or as a preventative measure once a month or so too.
not as much suds as regular detergent and double the strenth,front load washers use less water than top loaders,if you use to much detergent the machine will keep filling and draining to try to get the suds out.also you should only be using 1/4 cup of H.E. detergent or you can damage the spider gear in the washer,you'll know if it breaks you'll hear the tub banging all around loudly when it's in final spin,the spider gear is made out of soft metal and the extra detergent eats at the metal
Front load washing machines are better than top load money wise.
One advantage of a front
loading washingmachine is an increased
capacity. Since there is no central agitator, the horizontally-oriented
drum can hold at least 20 to 30% more clothing per load. For a large
family, this could mean running only three loads in a front loading washingmachine compared to five
in a top loader. Fewer loads
often translates to savings in utility bills and water usage.
Another advantage of a front
loading washingmachine is less water and
detergent usage. A top
loading washer must use enough water to cover the highest level of the
clothes. A front loading washingmachine, on the other
hand, only uses enough water to cover approximately the lower third of
the tub at most.
I would think you would need to presoak the tar stained clothes in a bucket of hot & Stong detergent water. If you use that stong a detergent in the washer you run the risk of damaging the seals. Either do that or use someone elses washer and drier. Then Run like He..!
Make sure that you are using high efficiency (he) detergent. Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the tub and fill the detergent tray with vinegar. Run it on the hottest, longest cycle. You can also use a Front load cleaner such as Afresh, made by Whirpool. I think that Tide makes one too. Vinegar is usually readily available. At the end of washing for the day, leave the door to the washer slightly open so that fresh air can get in and dry it out keeping moldy, milduey smell down. If it mildews, use a rag and bleach water to clean the boot seal. Hope this helps.
The best he soap I have seen yet is all, he is high effieciency low suds soap. The rule of thumb for liquid he soap is 2 Tbl for every 1 Tbl of softener. Powder can be used but is not good on pumps and build up in tubs. If you have a water softener you can use 25% less soap. Still with powder you need about a 1/4 cup per load to equal a 2 Tbl liquid variety. Suds damage pump impellers, seals and hoses from expansion and that is it on the reason "why to use he".
Sorry to say but your washer will need a complete tub tear down to clean out the odor. The reason this has happened is because of excess detergent usage. It's not mentioned in the owner's manual but most manufacturers say to use only 2 tablespoons of detergent per wash. But since most people are used to putting in a lot of detergent, the excess suds has stuck the upper half of the tub assembly and the front loaders are not designed to rinse that off. You will need to call a repair technician to have the unit completely torn down and cleaned out properly.
The mold problem is from too much detergent usage. Manufacturers recommend only 2 tablespoons of detergent per wash to avoid any mold issues. It may not say it in the owners manual but it is from the manufacturers themselves.