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Old Oct 17th 2014, 2:24 pm
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And I agree with others, US driers rock!
Newer ones, definitely.

We've got a bog standard white box jobby and have had a variety of them in the various rentals and they've all been a bag of spanners.

They get the stuff dried, eventually, but having numerous times to go around. Last one had a damp sensor that would automatically keep going till it dried, but would still go for hours.

Have noticed that the standard white boxes compared to the fancy ones have a much larger difference in price compared to the UK, well you can get a pretty decent Hotpoint for under £200 at the mo but still be a few hundred for a bog standard box around where I am.
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Old Oct 17th 2014, 2:44 pm
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British driers.

Let's ROCK!!!

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I can't believe I'm contributing to a laundry thread, but anyway:

a) I now have a front loader and life is good

b) I have noticed here in humid places (ie the midwest, and presumably Florida) that machines can grow mould on the inside, under rubber seals and in hard/impossible to reach places, leaving the smell on the clothes. Give it a couple of wash cycles with bleach instead of detergent, then a couple washes with just plain water to rinse the bleach out, and wipe inside any rubber seals you can reach. And then leave the door open after washing so the machine air dries.
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I can't believe I'm contributing to a laundry thread, but anyway:

a) I now have a front loader and life is good

b) I have noticed here in humid places (ie the midwest, and presumably Florida) that machines can grow mould on the inside, under rubber seals and in hard/impossible to reach places, leaving the smell on the clothes. Give it a couple of wash cycles with bleach instead of detergent, then a couple washes with just plain water to rinse the bleach out, and wipe inside any rubber seals you can reach. And then leave the door open after washing so the machine air dries.
What would Germaine say?
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What would Germaine say?
I shudder to think.

I typed it with a brown paper bag over my head.
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I shudder to think.

I typed it with a brown paper bag over my head.
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Old Oct 17th 2014, 3:32 pm
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I can't believe I'm contributing to a laundry thread, but anyway:

a) I now have a front loader and life is good

b) I have noticed here in humid places (ie the midwest, and presumably Florida) that machines can grow mould on the inside, under rubber seals and in hard/impossible to reach places, leaving the smell on the clothes. Give it a couple of wash cycles with bleach instead of detergent, then a couple washes with just plain water to rinse the bleach out, and wipe inside any rubber seals you can reach. And then leave the door open after washing so the machine air dries.
That's the reason people here leave the washing machine doors open. I've never left my washer door open whilst living here...but I remove the black stuff on the rubber seal with bleach Jiff. Never had a problem with smells, mould etc.
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My gym and golf clothes never seem smelly after a wash...
I've got the cheapest top-load washer and dryer on the market, the cheapest washing liquid stuff on the market, and the cheapest dryer sheets and pre-wash squirty stuff (Dollar tree, good stuff!!)

My theory has always been....If it goes through some kind of wash cycle and gets dried, it's clean.
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That's the reason people here leave the washing machine doors open. I've never left my washer door open whilst living here...but I remove the black stuff on the rubber seal with bleach Jiff. Never had a problem with smells, mould etc.
Only thing about leaving the washer door open - you have to make sure the cat isn't in it before turning it on.
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Only thing about leaving the washer door open - you have to make sure the cat isn't in it before turning it on.
"cat people" always bang on about how cats are more conscious of their cleanliness than dogs - give 'em a spin, I say!

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"cat people" always bang on about how cats are more conscious of their cleanliness than dogs - give 'em a spin, I say!

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That's my cat. He could probably do with a wash.
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That's my cat. He could probably do with a wash.
Checking to see what died in there?
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My dog performing her pre-laundry cat security check....
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Actually it's part of her pre-walk OCD routine, but who's counting....
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My dog performing her pre-laundry cat security check....
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Actually it's part of her pre-walk OCD routine, but who's counting....

I get it. I hate going for a walk and then worrying about who is in the washing machine.
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I have noticed here in humid places (ie the midwest, and presumably Florida) that machines can grow mould on the inside, under rubber seals and in hard/impossible to reach places, leaving the smell on the clothes. Give it a couple of wash cycles with bleach instead of detergent, then a couple washes with just plain water to rinse the bleach out, and wipe inside any rubber seals you can reach. And then leave the door open after washing so the machine air dries.
That may be the problem since phosphates aren't used in the US. For dishwashers, they recommend vinegar or other products monthly instead of bleach if the interior is stainless steel since bleach can tarnish stainless steel.
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