Can I hack my Kenmore Elite HE5t to soak over several hours?

dragonesseOctober 6, 2010

I'd like to leave my whites on the soak cycle in the morning and resume the wash on my return from work in the evening.

Can this be done?

I can't achieve truly clean whites unless I soak them for 6+ hours in an Oxy solution, hence my question.

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Is there a Pause button on your washer? If so, you could hit Pause while the clothes were washing, then resume the cycle when you got home.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 1:44PM
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So what is the bad downside of soaking anything in the bath-tub?

One can stuff the down comforter, parka or whatever into the oversized green garbage bag to take to the washing machine when done to do the washing. The hosing down of the bath-tub shouldn't be "that bad"? If too heavy, can be mostly placed onto those fold-up hand trucks for moving from the bathtub to the washer.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 3:45PM
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Mara, that sounds like a simple enough solution. I wasn't sure if pause would hold that long, but I'll give it a shot.

Vintage, I never even considered the bathtub as an option. Brilliant idea!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 5:11PM
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Dragonesse, I've never had your model washer, but I've soaked clothes as I mentioned in every washer I've ever owned (including a couple of TL Kenmores), going back more than 30 years. I hope that works for you.

To me, this seems a 1000 times easier than soaking them in a bathtub, wringing them out by hand, then carrying them to the washer. JMHO

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 7:17PM
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If your machine doesn't have a "pause" button, couldn't you just turn it off?

Then turn it back on when you wanted to end the "soak cyle" and set it to drain and spin?

That's what I've done.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 10:22AM
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I agree, turn it off. Resume washing when you are finished soaking.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2010 at 12:23AM
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Question: with the exception of the agitator TL, do the the new "HE" TL & FL soak cycle completely immerse the article(s) in water to be soaked?

Also need definition of "soak" regarding laundry; cannot think that any FL have enough water to soak a comforter.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2010 at 11:42AM
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vintage, my Maytag Bravos (HE TL) Soak cycle uses a good bit more water than any other cycle (except Bulky, IIRC); the laundry soaks in water.

I haven't just stood and watched it lately, lol, but I'll try to remember to do that the next time I soak laundry, and will post here re: the water level.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 2:44AM
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Soaking technically only requires that the clothing be saturated with detergent solution for a period of time, and by definition with minimal agitation action. The items do not need to be immersed in gallons of water. Frontloaders typically "soak" by filling and saturating the load, then sitting idle for a period of time except for an occasional 1/2 or other brief tumble to rotate the items for keeping them saturated.

The early Bravos and siblings have a recirculation pump for showering water over the load, which works effectively to keep the items saturated for a soak period if they don't otherwise fill enough to fully immerse them. If newer models such as Mara's don't have the recirculation pump, then perhaps they do the deed by filling higher ... with some occasional agitation to circulate the items.

My Calypso soaks via an extended period of recirculation with a couple very brief periods of agitation to mix-up the items.

My F&P agitator toploaders do fill to immerse the load, of course. They have a 1- or 2-hr soak option, which does 5 agitation strokes every minute or so for the duration.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 8:58AM
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*dadoes*, thanks for the info on "soaking".

I don't have a machine that has a soaking function so my best bet is to use the bathtub; it's not "that" messy as I don't need to wring out all the water since it will go into the washer; and the plastic bag is "waterproof". It's a matter how one loads the bag.

Will keep in mind about a soak setting when my 7 month old washer goes out.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 4:30PM
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