User Name:   

Thread Number: 3161
detergent dispensing balls
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 81052   8/31/2005 at 15:22 (3,249 days old) by cybrvanr ()        

I remember a while ago, a dispenser that floated on the surface of the wash water while the washing machine was running. To use the dispenser, one would put the detergent into the little ball, and then throw it into the washer after loading it with clothes, while it was filling with water. The ball dispenser would then meter out the detergent during the wash part of the cycle, and then ride out the rest of the cycle.

I can't remember if these little gadgets were used for bleach, fabric softener, or the primary detergent. I haven't seen anyone using these things for years. Does anyone remember these?

Post# 81054 , Reply# 1   8/31/2005 at 15:28 (3,249 days old) by veg-o-matic (Baltimore, Hon!)        

veg-o-matic's profile picture
I've used something similar--a Downy Ball. It has a weight inside that opens up the top during the spin between wash and rinse fill.

The only thing I've seen close to that for detergent was the Tide Kick. It was really nothing more than a measuring cup for liquid Tide with a roll-on deodorant ball for pretreating stains. Not sure if they make 'em any more, but they still make the Downy balls.


Post# 81057 , Reply# 2   8/31/2005 at 15:45 (3,249 days old) by agiflow ()        

I was going to use a Downey ball with my previous washer, but i always had the feeling the thing would either open up during the wash phase or during neutral drain...( what a stained mess that would be).

I just never really trusted those things. Now i have a fabric dispenser on the current machine....and that will every now and then go into a spin i guess it is one of the more reasonable chances one takes in life < eyes rolling > Either way, you can only hope for the best.

Post# 81067 , Reply# 3   8/31/2005 at 18:12 (3,249 days old) by petek (Sarnia Ontario)        

petek's profile picture
Weren't the lids on the Downy balls magnetic so they'd stick to the tub during the spin forcing the ball to unlatch?

Post# 81090 , Reply# 4   8/31/2005 at 21:40 (3,249 days old) by Toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

toggleswitch's profile picture
oh, I thought it was the substantial and heavy plunger attached to the lid that got pulled towards the spinning tub due to cetrifugal force, which pulled the lid into the dispenser therby opening it.

But hey what do I know? wink

Post# 81127 , Reply# 5   12/31/1969 at 18:00 (16,276 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        
Tide roller ball

laundromat's profile picture
You're probably thinking of the Tide Roller Ball.It is a plastic,oval shaped device that holds about 1 cup of liquid detergent and has a ball like one on a roll on deoderant bottle to pretreat stains.You do your pretreating by tilting the ball onto the stain and rolling it back and forth to rub the detergent onto the stain then load your laundry into the washer and place the ball on top.once the machine begins tumbling or agitating,the liquid detergent automatically dispenses and is spun out during the pre rinse and final spins.I found them @ WallMart for $1 each and have seen them sincein different grocery stores i.e.Albertsons.They do work great and hold up well.

Post# 81133 , Reply# 6   9/1/2005 at 03:31 (3,249 days old) by SactoTeddyBear ()        
Re: Persil Dispensing Container:

I've got a Persil Liquid Dispensing Container, that is a little thinner Plastic from the Downey ones and it doesn't have any closure, it has just an opening about the size of a Silver Dollar. As long as I place it on top of the Launday items and keep the opening on top of the Container, it seems to work quite well.

I got it from one of the UK Guys quite some time ago, when I first had some Persil Liquid given to me. I'm not totally sure if I'm as convenced with the cleaning of Persil, over other Brands of Liquid Laundry Detergents, but it is all right.

Peace and Happy Detergent Container Dispensing Fun, Steve

P.S. Noticed that at least I was able to keep my Thread Posting "Clean" and not making it sound like it was getting suggestive like so many others were attempting to do before, especially with this being a Public Forum Site and with so many younger people joining and reading these Thread Postings.

Post# 81532 , Reply# 7   9/4/2005 at 12:08 (3,245 days old) by roto204 (Tucson, AZ)        
Tee hee

roto204's profile picture
I liked the idea of the little ball floating serenely on the surface, dispensing detergent to the eager clothes below.

I bet that'd work in a Maytag. :-)

I just had this vision of my 1-18 grabbing the little floater, and ten seconds later, little pieces of crunched plastic floating to the surface.

I mean, we're talking about a machine that likes to eat its own lint filter, for gosh sakes...


Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

User Name:   Password:      

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy