Old top loader - laundry tips?
I have moved about a month ago and had to leave behind my beloved LG front loader (with an internal heater). My rented condo has an old Kenmore top loader and a gas dryer. Both are clean, in good condition, and work well(after I cleaned out the dryer of accummulated lint and replaced a damaged vent pipe). My landlord is fine with me installing a new washer but I decided to give the old one the benefit of the doubt and see if I could use it for a while.
After a few weeks of using the old washer I am leaning towards getting a new FL, but I also started to wonder if was using the TL washer to its full advantage. I've had front loaders since late 1990s so I don't even know how to do laundry properly in an old style top loader. It seems such a waste to get a new washer just for one person when the old one is still functioning well. BTW, energy efficiency is important to me personally but the cost savings will be marginal for me and I am not likely to recoup the cost of the new washer ever.
Any tips on how to achieve best results with the TL? I have a hard time gauging the water level to load size and often end up with too little or too much water. Detergent dosing is also a mystery - I end up using the minimum recommended or less. And despite that, most of the time I end up running an extra rinse because I feel that my clothes and towels are not rinsed well. I am also having a hard time with getting stains out of things (kitchen towels, clothes, etc. - I cook a lot!) And I dearly miss the Sanitary cycle in my former washer which I used on bed linens and towels.... All in all, my laundry just seems a lot less clean than it was coming out of the LG.
Any help will be appreciated!