K.L. asks from Fort Stewart, GA on May 19, 2012
Vinegar in a Front Loader
How do you use vinegar in a front laod washer? I was thinking of putting it in the fabric softener space. Any thoughts?
M.R. answers from Minneapolis on May 19, 2012
Thats exactly where it goes! You do not want to use fabric softener in a front loader EVER! It will get gummy and gooey inside and then mold and mildew will ruin your clothes and linens. I also recommend using a powder detergent as well. I have been through one front loader and have experienced first hand the results of using liquid (gel) detergent and fabric softener. Your front loader will bring you many happy loads of laundry if you follow these simple rules! Vinegar makes a wonderful fabric softener and it pulls the soap out of your clothes and linens making them better for your skin. HTH
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G.B. answers from Oklahoma City on May 19, 2012
I would dump it in with the clothes when I loaded them in. Otherwise you need to do it when the washer is empty. Then just run it with no soap to clean the washer. If you are trying to get a smell out of the clothes then you need to still do it during the wash cycle. The rinse cycle will leave the vinegar in the clothing.
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J.P. answers from Lakeland on May 19, 2012
You can put in the fabric softener space or in the detergent space. It also works well as a rinse for clothes and will not have the vinegar smell after.
If you are trying to get rid of bad odors put it in the wash cycle or clean washer cycle (some have this setting) and then wipe out around the rubber rim, leave the door open so it can also air out.
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K.N. answers from Boston on May 19, 2012
I put it in the fabric softener or bleach space. Works for me!
BTW -- I've used liquid Tide detergent in my front loader for 6 years & would swear by it.
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J.S. answers from Columbia on May 19, 2012
I use it exactly that way - in the fabric softener cube. I also put some in the bleach cube on occasion.
E.M. answers from Denver on May 20, 2012
yep. in the fabric softener spot. been doing it for years (even in my old top loader). works great, super cheap, and no nasty chemicals hanging around to cause skin rashes.
if you have really bad odors in clothes, spray them w/vinegar or a vinegar/water mix. I use vinegar/water for cleaning most everything, so I have a spray bottle already made up all the time.
contrary to a poster below, do NOT use vinegar in the clean basket cycle w/out checking with the manufacturer. my manufacturer told me it would void the warranty as the gaskets were not compatible but that the gaskets were compatible with bleach. makes sense as vinegar is a weak acid and bleach is a weak base and different rubbers/elastomers handle acids and bases differently. they did say it was fine to use in place of softener because it becomes so diluted.