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How to clean clothes with a subpar washing machine?

The washing machines in my apartment complex suck. They often break. When they complete the cycle, many times clothes still smell and are clearly not adequately laundered.

What are my options? I have started washing the clothes twice - one normal load, one "heavy duty" load. (At $2 a load, this is annoying.) I also ordered powdered detergent (Persil) to see if that helps.

Any other suggestions?

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by Anonymousreply 6004/15/2019


by Anonymousreply 104/14/2019

Yeah, not an option at this point r1

by Anonymousreply 204/14/2019

Go to a laundromat or aChinese laundry.

by Anonymousreply 304/14/2019

Take your clothes to another laundromat.

by Anonymousreply 404/14/2019

How far are you from a laundromat? I used to spend 2 hours there every 2 weeks and get it all done at once. I'd bring my phone to text or chat with friends or family and have coffee while I waited. I looked forward to laundry day.

by Anonymousreply 504/14/2019

Buy a mini-washer for your apartment. Either that, or a manual washing machine that people use when they're living off the grid.

by Anonymousreply 604/14/2019

[quote]I looked forward to laundry day

You will too,OP

by Anonymousreply 704/14/2019

r6 how exactly do mini-washers work?

by Anonymousreply 804/14/2019

Portable washers

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by Anonymousreply 904/14/2019

Use Febreze like I do!

by Anonymousreply 1004/14/2019

Manual washer

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by Anonymousreply 1104/14/2019

Beyond hand washing clothing, and hanging it to dry or ironing it dry, does anyone have experience trying to get their sheets/blankets washed "off the grid"?

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2019

Spray febreze on the sheets. Use the allergy formula.

by Anonymousreply 1304/14/2019


by Anonymousreply 1404/14/2019

R12- When my apartment machine broke - the building has no laundry room- I put my portable clothes rack in the bath tub. I hung the sheets over it, sprayed them with liquid detergent and turned on the shower. Then I just let it hang there to dry.

by Anonymousreply 1504/14/2019

Go old school....beat them on a rock.

by Anonymousreply 1604/14/2019

Christ. At $4 per load, just send your laundry to a wash/dry/fold service.

by Anonymousreply 1704/14/2019

What R17, use a local laundry service if you don't want to go to the laundromat yourself.

by Anonymousreply 1804/14/2019

Bubble Bandit. Google it. Phosphorus is the magic ingredient. Shit is amazing. It will take care of not just clothes, but any surface. It is technically illegal in many states, including mine (California), which is stupid as it does the job using far less water, and, speaking lazily, far less elbow grease.

If it doesn't work for you, they will refund it. Yeah, I sound like a shill. I'm not. You will love me later.

by Anonymousreply 1904/14/2019

That sounds like a kind of fun way to hang, r5.

by Anonymousreply 2004/14/2019

Add TSP along with your laundry soap.

by Anonymousreply 2104/14/2019

I. too, wash my clothes at a Laundromat - I actually prefer it, since I do laundry ONCE and it's DONE until next time. And,. I fold everything before returning home, so I just put everything away..

The machines are old and tired and I often had soap residue left on my clothes and sheets - after having many "complimentary" extra rinses, the attendant told me to try washing EVERYTHING in HOT water; I tried this and I no longer have those problems, so maybe try hot water OP.

by Anonymousreply 2204/14/2019

Thanks 22. I wash stuff like socks, underwear, and gym clothes in hot water; jeans and shifts I wash in cold water and line dry.

by Anonymousreply 2304/14/2019

[quote]hen they complete the cycle, many times clothes still smell and are clearly not adequately laundered.

Mildew and bacteria build-up in the machine. You have to, in fact, clean the insides of washing machines and dryers.

by Anonymousreply 2404/14/2019

Buy some washing soda and run the full bag/box through the machine that you are going to use at the highest temperature before you do your laundry.

You could even work your way through all of the machines and clean all of them.

Pretty much everyone here in the UK has their own washing machine (very few laundromats) so you have to learn shit like this.

by Anonymousreply 2504/14/2019

I have had good results with the Gain detergent pods that have Fabreze.

by Anonymousreply 2604/14/2019

I tried using powdered detergent and didn't like it b/c of how it doesn't dissolve. I now use Kirkland (Costco store brand) liquid, the non-scented one. I do recycle the container.

by Anonymousreply 2704/14/2019

Complain to building management or the board and have them use Affresh in all the machines.

by Anonymousreply 2804/14/2019

Use a wash and fold service. Who has time to do their own laundry?

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2019

Add some borax to the wash.

Laundromats recycle water.

by Anonymousreply 3004/14/2019

I just searched on a laundry service and found this. Now you can see it, too.

Save sanity and time: Outsource laundry and household chores

No one ever got rich by outsourcing. Hire someone to do laundry and household chores to save time, and use that time to earn more and enjoy LIFE!

by Anonymousreply 3104/14/2019

Wash your own clothes!! Goddamn!

by Anonymousreply 3204/14/2019

"Who has time to do their own laundry? "

Stay off Grindr and stop doing your 50 load weekends, Dawson. You'd be surprised at the amount of time it takes being a professional cumdump.

by Anonymousreply 3304/14/2019

It’s important to wash clothes and dishes for your mental health.

by Anonymousreply 3404/14/2019

Completely agree with R30. Add boorax, like 20 Mule Team. It’s cheap as hell. Solves the problem of stinky machines, water problems and long-standing stink in clothes. Add about a cup to a load of clothes with your detergent. Goodbye stink, goodbye most common stains.

Stuff is a miracle.

If you have your own machine, it has to be cleaned at least monthly, otherwise you get problems with buildup and many machines develop mildew issues, which causes stink.

Try borax.

by Anonymousreply 3504/14/2019

How "dirty" are your clothes? I only ask because, for myself, except for socks my clothes aren't really ever that dirty. I get if you work a physical job but there are days I come back from the office, and my shirt can still "stand" from the starch alone. I live in a very dry environment, so maybe that is it, but while I wash all my clothes after every wear, I really don't think it is necessary.

by Anonymousreply 3604/14/2019

Don’t wash your socks or underwear if you’re hot. Sell em!

by Anonymousreply 3704/14/2019

I discovered borax when my son was an adolescent. He had that puberty/teen boy smell in his clothes and bedsheets. Like a stinky locker room. Added borax to the wash and no more smell.

by Anonymousreply 3804/14/2019

Can borax and washing soda be used together? I've read that they offer slightly different benefits, but not sure if they cancel each other out.

by Anonymousreply 3904/14/2019

I’ve forgotten most of my chemistry, R39. I think though that mixing borax and washing soda which can contain peroxide can result in paracetic acid. This is intentionally created by some industrial cleaners and used for sanitation. It can result in respiratory inflammation if used without serious ventilation.

I think I would hesitate before using this in my washing machine.

by Anonymousreply 4004/14/2019

r33 wins threads

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2019

I used to wash a lot of my clothes in a bucket in the bathtub and it worked just fine. It's not like they are super dirty after one use.

by Anonymousreply 4204/15/2019

You can hand wash in a sink with Wool-lite if you need to.

by Anonymousreply 4304/15/2019

Sorry for thread hustling Op, but I have a question for the others.

My white clothes have taken on a dingy grey color lately, even when I use Clorox and hot water. If I soften the water with baking soda, will that help?

by Anonymousreply 4404/15/2019

R25, what a technologically advanced country. Impressive.

by Anonymousreply 4504/15/2019

R44 Sorry I cant answer your question, but I use the OxyClean powder and it helps. Soak stained clothes in a tub of OxyClean and very warm water for about 2 hours then wash as usual. It brightens clothes, especially white clothes.

by Anonymousreply 4604/15/2019

Homemade laundry soap is one part borax to one part washing soda plus fels naptha or zotz bar soap. I bought a box of washing soda and another of borax over five years ago and I still haven't gone through it all. Brilliant stuff and you can make it smell of whatever you like.

In addition, you can supplement it with vinegar, TSP, or bleach as needed.

Powdered soap is a bad idea.

by Anonymousreply 4704/15/2019

i just bought a new washing machine this weekend at home depot. my old one finally died this weekend. It flooded my kitchen and i spent 30 minutes sweeping water out the backdoor.

by Anonymousreply 4804/15/2019

OP I switched from powder detergent to liquid. Powder never rinsed out properly and left a residue on my clothes. Also harder on washers, or so I've been told. I found liquid OxiClean at Target and it works well in my apartment machine. You need to find out if you can use one of those tabletop washers you hook up to your bathtub or kitchen sink and stop using the ones you have to pay for. It may be a better option.

by Anonymousreply 4904/15/2019

[quote] i used to wash a lot of my clothes in a bucket in the bathtub and it worked just fine.

Yes bu we don’t have to do that in our first world countries, Natasha.

by Anonymousreply 5004/15/2019

r49 interesting -- I've heard powder is more effective ...

by Anonymousreply 5104/15/2019

Do not waste your money on R19's overpriced butt bandit detergent. The magic ingredient in there is TSP aka trisodium phosphate. You can get it at any home improvement or big box store in the hardware/paint aisle for a few dollars. If you can't get it in local stores, it is available online. A mere tablespoon or 2 per load of laundry will help a lot.

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by Anonymousreply 5204/15/2019

r52 but is that really safe for clothes?

by Anonymousreply 5304/15/2019

I’ve been making my own detergent for the last eight years. I do not add water to mine, instead I make the powdered version. I make year’s worth at a time. Takes me about two hours. Great detergent.

by Anonymousreply 5404/15/2019

Yes it's fine for clothing R53. I use it in my laundry frequently when things are grimy or greasy. I used to use sulfur on my plants outside and the only thing that got the smell out of my clothing was TSP. TSP is weird shit. Versions of TSP are in all manner of things, including instant pudding - it's what makes the pudding thicken. I use it on my vinyl flooring too. Two things you shouldn't use it on are aluminum (discolors it) and painted surfaces (removes the glossy finish).

There are some stupid websites out there telling you to wear gloves and breathing protection. This is b.s. TSP was popular for so long because of how safe it was while being effective. It will dry your hands like any detergent can. It has no fumes.

More b.s. is how we were told our use of phosphates was causing all the algae to grow and the fish to die. Most of the phosphate runoff that did this was farmers using phosphates as a fertilizer - yes, TSP can be used as fertilizer too.

by Anonymousreply 5504/15/2019

Homemade laundry detergent guy, you might want to read this blog entry. It discusses the chemical difference between soap and detergent and notes that you are leaving soap scum on the inside of your washing machine (just like soap does in your bathtub if you don't scrub it out each time...) Also without sufficient agitation, that soap is staying in the fabric of your clothes (whereas detergent bonds with dirt molecules and rinses out)

Stripping is recommended and it's basically borax, washing soda, and Calgon (basically three water softeners?), very hot water and letting it soak for a few hours. That's to get all the soap residue out of your clothes. Worth a try anyway.

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by Anonymousreply 5604/15/2019

Oh, r56, at some jack ass propaganda put out by Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, and Persil.

Fuck them all! U2.

by Anonymousreply 5704/15/2019

Find a laundry service that picks up and delivers.

by Anonymousreply 5804/15/2019

I got news for you — people who pick up your laundry do the same thing you do — wash it in machines with recycled water.

by Anonymousreply 5904/15/2019

Doesn't anyone use Biological (enzyme based) detergent in the US?

I read somewhere that they aren't popular in the US because of the way your top loading machines with agitators wash, too much water, too fast and very little control over the temperature.

I don't really understand the concept of 'wash days' in any case, if I have 3 or 4 things to wash I throw them in the machine, it weighs them, adds the water it needs, washes them and spins them until they are almost dry (1400 rpm) in about an hour. They take about 30 minutes in the dryer after that.

Your lives seem so complicated.

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