Have you ever had a clothes washer repairman scold you about using too much soap in your wash? While it looks funny on a sitcom I learned my lesson years ago after a costly repair. It looks funny on a sitcom but I was taught some tips over the years since and have never had the problem again:
1- You should not see more than a few bubbles through the washer window of a front loader or on the top of a top loader. [Rich, bubbly suds like the picture at left may look impressive, but it is much too much soap for the rinse cycle to manage. It will eventually result in a picture more like Bobby Brady's above or the new version at right.]
2- Take whatever the manufacturer suggests, divide it by TWO and try it on an average load. If it does well, stick with it. If not, add a little more and try again. Continue till you find what works in your washer. [Remember that it is to the manufacturer's sales totals advantage for you to use more than necessary! Rarely will half the suggested amount be enough.]
Here is my favorite new product... especially helpful if you are smart enough to have your kids doing their own laundry... Purex laundry sheets [soap and softener all together imbedded into sheets]. I cut each sheet in two so that I can be absolutely sure my wonderful kiddos aren't over-sudsing my machine and the clothes.
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I am a lifelong educator, writer and author, a foster, bio, and adoptive parent, happy mom of five daughters, Grandma to six, Nana to four, and church and theater musician. Oh yes, and all-round optimistic, crazy lady.