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Using vinegar in the Kenmore 4027 Front Load washer

I have hard water and iron in my water (well water) and as a result my clothes come out dingy. I have found thru trial & error that adding oxy-clean and vinegar to my detergent will prevent and also remove the brown dingy tint. With my new front load washer, I can no longer dump in the detergent, oxy-clean & vinegar like I did in my old top load washer. The detergent and oxy-clean are both powder but the vinegar is liquid. How can I get all 3 into the wash cycle? Should I switch to liquid detergent and oxy-clean to combine with the vinegar in the dispenser? Can I continue to use the powder detergent & oxy-clean and put the vinegar in the bleach dispenser? I never use chlorine bleach because it binds to the iron in the water and actually enhances the brown spots on the clothes. Any advice?

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by Manage My Life
October 11th, 2010
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Sam A
Thank you for your question.

I can see why you have a concern with the new washer and your cleaning solution for dingy clothes. Hard water can be hard to deal with.

In reviewing your previous cleaning procedure, I would suggest just putting the vinegar directly into the basket when you load the washer. As soon a the machine starts the water and powdered Oxy-Clean and the detergent will all mix in at the same time.

I would however reduce the amount of all the chemicals because of the low amount of water the machine uses.

You may loose the effectiveness of the vinegar if you wait until the bleach dispenser empty's, which is at the very end of the wash cycle.

You could change to all liquids but I do not know what will happen with all these chemicals in the container at the same time. So I would go with just putting the vinegar in when you load the clothes just as you are going to close the door and start the cycle. It has seemed to work for you in the past with your water and I cannot see why it wouldn't work with the new machine.

Again, with a front loader you will have to reduce amount of chemicals.

I hope this will help.

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by Sam A Earned 29,003 community points in Kenmore
October 12th, 2010
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