Need help getting towels clean and soft
IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been on a mission to get our towels cleaner, brighter, and softer -- without fabric softener.Ã¯Â¿Â½ It has been an interesting challenge, as plenty of detergent and some sort of booster seems in order for the cleaner, brighter part.Ã¯Â¿Â½ However, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve learned the softer part is particularly dependent on getting all that soap rinsed out.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½ HereÃ¯Â¿Â½s my scenario:Ã¯Â¿Â½ Maytag Netpune FL (with the LCD), whole-house softener, Tide HE Powder, Tide Booster liquid, vinegar.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Warm water wash.Ã¯Â¿Â½ IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve been using Extra Rinse and Pre-Wash with the Normal soil level.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Pre-wash on the Netpune does a long soak, short tumble pattern for about 10-15min and then drains much of water before refilling for the main wash.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The manual says to add 50% more detergent when using pre-soak.Ã¯Â¿Â½ So, I put in 2-3TB Tide powder and probably 2TB of booster Ã¯Â¿Â½ which I admit seems like an awful lot.Ã¯Â¿Â½ I put 3-4TB of vinegar into the Fabric Softener cup, which really seems to help.Ã¯Â¿Â½ However, while this setup seems to get things clean, IÃ¯Â¿Â½ve had a terrible time getting all the detergent to rinse out.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The soap actually seems to foam-up Ã¯Â¿Â½ is the booster the cause?
Ã¯Â¿Â½ I tried Tide HE with Bleach Powder, but it is hard to find at a good price around here and didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t do enough to whiten and brighten.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½ We were using the Ã¯Â¿Â½action packsÃ¯Â¿Â½ of Tide Booster, but they are kind of a pain.Ã¯Â¿Â½ We have to be sure they are placed well into the drum or they can get stuck in the boot seal and makes a mess.Ã¯Â¿Â½ And of course, you canÃ¯Â¿Â½t regulate the dosage.Ã¯Â¿Â½ I much prefer putting all the detergent into the detergent dispenser.Ã¯Â¿Â½ So, I went with the liquid Tide Booster, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s pretty expensive.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Ã¯Â¿Â½ IÃ¯Â¿Â½d like to avoid a hot water wash, but if thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s the issue, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m willing to give it a try.
Ã¯Â¿Â½ In order to deal with the excess suds, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m considering the following:
-- Switching to Clorox 2 instead of Tide Booster.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Clorox 2 is much cheaper than Tide Booster.Ã¯Â¿Â½ I noticed the powder version of Clorox 2 has a couple enzymes in it that the liquid seems to omit.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Any idea which might rinse better (powder vs liquid, Clorox vs Tide)?Ã¯Â¿Â½ Both supposedly have universal formulations for non-HE and HE machines.
-- Switching off the Presoak, extending the main wash to Heavy Soil, and cutting detergent dosing way back Ã¯Â¿Â½ maybe: 1TB Tide HE Powder with 1-2TB Tide Booster and, of course, the vinegar.