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Old Oct 16th 2014, 10:56 pm
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Originally Posted by indigogirl1976 View Post
I've noticed it too! I'm in tampa and 4 yrs ago we bought a brand new he front loader and the clothes still come out smelling just as they went in. I think it's the detergent here....you know the way at home we have biological and non biological? It seems they don't really have biological here...they just add bleach during the wash cycle to help the cleaning but even if you do that the clothes ( in my opinion ) still come out smelling weird. I wash my husbands work t shirts with tide and bleach and they still come out smelling like his deodorant lol. I think you need a good biological with lots of enzymes to break down the dirt and get the clothes clean.
Dunno what to tell you. I don't have a washer or drier, have used a laundrette a lot, but mostly I wash stuff in the bath. A good soak, some agitation/scrubbing, rinse with conditioner, and dry on the line. No smells here (at least I've had no complaints). Cheapo detergent - Purex atm -and downy conditioner.
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And on the other hand American tumble dryers actually dry things!
my one just turned them into a big knot. Awful.
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Old Oct 16th 2014, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
my one just turned them into a big knot. Awful.
Mine too.
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Old Oct 16th 2014, 11:42 pm
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I'm with rpjs on this - our US tumble dryer is phenomenally effective - better than even the big industrial things in the launderettes back home. The only thing that sometimes gets knotted up is if I try to do too much kingsize bedding at the same time. A full load gets dried in no-time, whereas back in the UK it took forever, and you could only fit a few things in the tiny drum. Mind you, in the UK I rarely needed to use it as I put everything on the clothes line and I can't do that here
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Old Oct 16th 2014, 11:51 pm
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I hated the toploaders he had in the rented apartments we had before we bought our house. Like OP I never felt stuff was getting properly clean.

I think that might be why washing scent boosters are so big here. to hide the not entirely clean smell
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Old Oct 17th 2014, 12:05 am
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We have the "sweaty odour" problem too, though Mrs P was the first to notice it, and she's a born USC, so it's not just us Brits that notice the problem. It is worst in my gardening t-shirts (knit fabric), but affects other garments to varying degrees. Anyhow we greatly reduced the problem, though didn't eliminate it entirely, by washing everything on the hot cycle. Naturally, our machine is a front loader.

And I agree with others, US driers rock!
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I have numerous detergents since being here and found the best for leaving in a scent and doing a decent cleaning job is the Gain. Air dried also keep a stronger scent even though I tumble dry with scented sheets.
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I'm with rpjs on this - our US tumble dryer is phenomenally effective - better than even the big industrial things in the launderettes back home. The only thing that sometimes gets knotted up is if I try to do too much kingsize bedding at the same time. A full load gets dried in no-time, whereas back in the UK it took forever, and you could only fit a few things in the tiny drum. Mind you, in the UK I rarely needed to use it as I put everything on the clothes line and I can't do that here
My tumble drier in England went one way and then the other ('reversomatic') the US one only went in one direction and therefore seemed to just keep twisting the clothes into a tighter and tighter knot. Maybe just a bad buy.
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
'reversomatic'
Everything should come with this! it's like one of those K-TEL words.
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Old Oct 17th 2014, 11:50 am
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Stop going to the gym and you won't have stinky gym clothes to wash. Problem solved.

You're welcome.
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Old Oct 17th 2014, 11:52 am
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I have numerous detergents since being here and found the best for leaving in a scent and doing a decent cleaning job is the Gain. Air dried also keep a stronger scent even though I tumble dry with scented sheets.
Australia has some stuff you can add to the wash which is anti- bacterial, the one I use is called something like Canestan. You add it at the start, bit like if you are adding bleach. Seems to deal with any lingering odours as it kills off the bacteria, which most washing liquids don't do

(thats ruined my street cred as a totally undomestic person!)
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Australia has some stuff you can add to the wash which is anti- bacterial, the one I use is called something like Canestan. You add it at the start, bit like if you are adding bleach. Seems to deal with any lingering odours as it kills off the bacteria, which most washing liquids don't do

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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
My tumble drier in England went one way and then the other ('reversomatic') the US one only went in one direction and therefore seemed to just keep twisting the clothes into a tighter and tighter knot. Maybe just a bad buy.
Exactly. Maybe the new models tumble each way now.

I do like the large washer and dryer drums here.
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Exactly. Maybe the new models tumble each way now.

I do like the large washer and dryer drums here.
I dont know whether we have a reversomatic or not....the only one that watches it closely enough is the dog, and she aint telling!
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No smells here (at least I've had no complaints).
Oh dear. This means nothing, as Americans are so polite & courteous. If you were in England, they'd constantly be making sarcastic, class-ridden or ironic remarks about your pervasive smelly clothes.
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