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HE washers and fabric softeners


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#1 Nutterman

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:27 PM

How much fabric sofetner should be used in a HE washer and what are the best brands. I know you have to be real strict about how much detergent you use but I can't find any info on softener.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:41 PM

There are those that say fabric softeners should be only used in a dryer, and others would call putting it in a dryer, heresy. but since you are using less water, for commercial softerners use 1/4 and no more than 1/3 of the what you would use for a top loader. A cup of vinegar is probably the best fabric softener you can use. As for commercial softeners...I would go with the one with the best commercials...who else....Downy


Edited by DurhamAppliance, 09 December 2011 - 08:40 AM.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:49 AM

... and stay away from the 'concentrated' or '2x' softeners. Nothing but problems with those gumming up dispensers especially when they get older or cold.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:48 AM

Vinegar is the best natural softener it softens the clothes, disinfects the clothes and machine wont gum up the dispenser plus helps breakup the soap

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:06 AM

Vinegar is the best natural softener it softens the clothes, disinfects the clothes and machine wont gum up the dispenser plus helps breakup the soap


Interesting! Does it leave a vinegar smell in the clothes?

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 10:15 AM

I've never had much luck using vinegar with my own wash testing. However, others have. Here is a good article about someone who has experimented with it: http://www.realscept...abric-softener/

My understanding is that the acetic acid relaxes natural fibers and opens them. Not sure what that means ... lol, but that is the theory. I tested extensively with vinegar on wool sweaters that were really picky, but did not find any difference.
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:13 PM

... Does it leave a vinegar smell in the clothes?

no,
but don't use it on real silk :boohoo:
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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

I have had people that have had chronic rashes I told them to use less soap and vinegar instead of softener and their rashes went away... People over use so so much especially in front loaders the machine never gets all the soap out... I started a washer yesterday to test it the tenant was standing their said I put so in it I said no it was in the machine already he was shocked

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:14 PM

PS no from what I hear there is no vinegar smell

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:06 PM

Yeah....no vinegar smell at all.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:43 PM

PS no from what I hear there is no vinegar smell

Yeah....no vinegar smell at all.


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Posted 09 December 2011 - 07:59 PM

Using Vinegar in the rinsewater is something my mother would always do to new fabrics such as Sheets, jeans etc. to "set the colors". I have used it many times as well but see no real advantage or disadvantage to it (don't think I own any Silk) - Won't double as a Fabric Softener in this climate though, as Dry Winds make ALOT of static and without use of some sort of additive (be it liquid or sheet) at this time of year would surely cause your clothes to stick together in a magnetic ball - giving off lightning bolts when separated.
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 01:20 AM

It's ok to admit to owning silk underwear kdog. :blush:

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 07:38 AM

Lightning bolts? I resemble that remark!

Edited by DurhamAppliance, 10 December 2011 - 07:39 AM.

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