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rhead
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maintenance wash?

Postby rhead » Sat May 09, 2009 11:30 am

I think I need to do one since I, um, never have. We use liquid detergent and I've just been reading about how this could be the cause of the funky musty smell in the drum (scummy buildup)... I tried a full hot wash last week with about 1/2 cup (or more, I just sloshed it in) of vinegar in the detergent compartment (which is nice and clean), but it had no effect. Should I use bleach instead? How much, and where do I put it? Help!

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Velvetsteph
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby Velvetsteph » Sat May 09, 2009 12:05 pm

Two things to try:
Full hot wash with a full dose of biological detergent (these contain bleach)
or
Full hot wash with a mug full of soda crystals (not bicarb of soda - you want dripak ones...)
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Maintenance tips - always leave the drawer and door at least slightly open.
Wipe around the door-seal regularly
Check your filter regularly if you have one.

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Kirstyh
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby Kirstyh » Sat May 09, 2009 8:35 pm

Would go with the soda crystals as Steph said, that's what I use, also got a box of special stuff from a friend who is a washing machine repair chappie

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Louise
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby Louise » Sat May 09, 2009 8:39 pm

I use soda crystals too.

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Annette
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby Annette » Sun May 10, 2009 10:59 am

soda crystals are fab. My instructions just recommend a 90 degree empty wash every month or so

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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby afterglow » Sun May 10, 2009 12:14 pm

I do a 90degree wash with a full dose of ariel bio.

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rhead
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby rhead » Sun May 10, 2009 7:30 pm

I'll have a look for soda crystals here, I've heard them mentioned on French forums so must be able to find them somewhere! Do they go straight in the drum?

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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby pookie3101 » Tue May 12, 2009 8:08 pm

i do a maintence wash once a month on 90% with soda crystals.

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AnnetteandBen
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Re: maintenance wash?

Postby AnnetteandBen » Tue May 12, 2009 8:16 pm

I shove the soda crystals in the drawer and the drum - up to half a bag. I found it also helped to scrub the inside of the space where the drawer goes with a washing up brush - all of a sudden the fabric softener works again!

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