Vinegar: put in bleach or softener dispenser?

dave1812April 17, 2012

I rarely use bleach. yesterday, I found out that the bleach is dispensed during the first rinse cycle, in my Samsung.

I got to thinking, would it be sensible to put vinegar in the bleach dispenser instead of the softener one? That way, the vinegar smell would have an extra rinse with which to be removed (not that I notice vinegar when the clothes come out of the washer when using the "Extra Rinse" option, which I use for every type of load, given the small amount of water used in a HE FL such as the Sammy). But I'm thinking it can't hurt for there to be TWO rinses, following the vinegar rinse. Anyone see ANY downside to this idea?

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georgect

Put bleach in the bleach dispenser and vinegar in the softener dispenser.
The vinegar smell will dissipate quickly and you shouldn't even notice it.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 1:24AM
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whirlpool_trainee

I tried this as well and it works fine. Commercial laundries call this process souring, I think. They add a chemical to the first rinse to neutralize the detergent.

Alex

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 7:42AM
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ArliVie

Being that the diluted vinegar is very weak, I think the intent is to wait until the final rinse to dispense it so that it can effectively remove the scant detergent in the final rinse water. Otherwise, because the first rinse still has a lot of detergent dissolved in it, the diluted vinegar gets spent before it can act on the detergent still on the fabric. (The max line on all the compartments is equal to 1/2 cup of liquid.)

In the Samsung, when the "Extra Rinse" option is selected, the machine does not dispense what is in the softener section until the 3rd and last rinse. What happens is that the during the 1st and 2nd rinses, only the bleach dispenser section gets flooded with water (all other compartments left dry). And then finally at the start of the 3rd rinse, the machine dispenses what's in the softener compartment, followed by a flooding of all the other compartments (I think to do a final purging/cleaning of laundry products left in the other compartments).

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 10:52AM
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mysteryclock

I put it in both. Seems to do a good job helping get the last bit of detergent to rinse out.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 12:13PM
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livebetter

I use it often in the FS compartment. Love it for fine cottons and other things I don't use FS on. I might try adding to the bleach compartment too - just never thought of it before :)

FWIW, Miele Canada told me using vinegar in your machine helps to keep it clean.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2012 at 2:29PM
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Cavimum

If the bleach is dispensed during a rinse cycle, I think putting vinegar in there is a great idea. Our Miele W4842 dispenses the bleach during the last part of the wash cycle itself, so we won't have the same benefit you have. I don't know what would happen with vinegar getting added to the detergent mixture of the actual wash cycle, but it would definitely alter the chemistry somewhat due to the small amount of water.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 11:28AM
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dave1812

caviumum, I'd never add vinegar to the wash cycle, as vinegar helps to neutralize the alkalinity of the detergents.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 3:18PM
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livebetter

Ah ... thanks Cavimum. I would have checked first but now I don't have to. FS compartment it is!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 11:01PM
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