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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
     Comment   July 20, 2014
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OK, I have the fix for the smelly front loaders. I'm on my third one and was ready to give up. I tried everything including afresh, microban, benefect. I trying to open up the inside of the machine (which broke one machine). I am not one to use softeners, I try to keep things simple and healthy. I also don't like perfumey smells, too sensitive. Enough said, the fix is simple, change your laundry detergent to a powder!!! It really works. What happens is the liquid detergent (surfactant) sticks to the outer side of the drum (the part you can't clean) then mold starts to grow there. Also, use a VERY small amount to powdered detergent. You don't need too much and it's wasteful anyway. It almost doesn't seem that it is enough to clean but its fine. I sometimes add baking soda, oxyboost or borax depending on load. I still keep the door cracked open and once in while use the very hot setting.

It's not the brand machine, I had a maytag, whirlpool and now a bosch. The first machine took a few years before I noticed the smell, but when I changed it out, the second machine was only 6 months before it started. I think the mold spores were already in the air and it grew faster.

I've only been able to find one powdered detergent for HE, it's the Tide one. Costco has a powder that they say works with he, but it suds up too much.

I have 2 friends that complained about the problem, they are now using powdered detergent and are happy.
9 hours ago     
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cbg1019, I totally agree. (See my post way above.) Switching to powdered got rid of the smell. I saw the same tip online about how the liquid leaves a coating on the inside of the drum that cant be reached to wash it, and mold grows on it. I use about 1/4 cup powdered Tide per load.
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10 Ways to Transform Your Backyard Into a Kids' Adventure Zone

Keep your kids fascinated, intrigued and entertained all day long in the backyard with these fun parent and child projects Full Story
     Comment   June 30, 2014
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Jason Chuck
For #6, that looks like you could farm some chooks in your backyard, built into your steps, great idea!
July 11, 2014 at 5:56pm   
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