Are Front Loaders Still Popular? And Baking Soda
I'm not getting one but was just wondered if they're still as sought after as they used to be. Because of the stinky washer syndrome, I thought they might be losing their popularity.
I know it won't help the mildew/detergent problem inside the rubber door gasket(?) but I just discovered the wonders of baking soda in the wash. We were to leave to go out of town on a Friday but Thurs night decided to leave right then. I had a load of DH's work clothes in the washer and forgot about them :o Three days later when we got home, I remembered. Thankfully the house was cool all weekend. 66 when we got home. The clothes were sour but not bad, but bad enough to cause a problem when they got warm. First time in over 5 years I'd let this happen. I knew from past experience vinegar didn't always work. Google said use baking soda. One cup for a load. I dumped in a whole regular size box. Use the hottest water your clothes can stand, agitate, stop and let soak for a couple hours. I did a vinegar rinse. That was without a doubt the most NEUTRAL smelling load of laundry! Can't describe the smell because there was none LOL The clothes felt "crisper"too.
Today, I decided to try it on a load of towels, socks, undies and "around the house" shirts that were not sour. I feel like it got rid of soap residue and again, smelled like NOTHING. I don't use fabric softener on that load because of what it does to the absorbancy of the towels. Everything just feels cleaner & crisp...not sure that's a good description. Anyway, I'm happy with it and plan on doing it from time to time. I'm sure it helps freshen the washer too. Mine doesn't smell bad because I leave the lid up ALL the time but it can't hurt :)