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Post# 1061400   2/24/2020 at 09:25 (1,121 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

These tumbler machines worked well with thick suds or just worked?

Post# 1061482 , Reply# 1   2/25/2020 at 04:26 (1,120 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Post# 1061485 , Reply# 2   2/25/2020 at 04:55 (1,120 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Well until controlled suds detergents came along

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Commercial, industrial and domestic H-axis washers had no choice but to work with high froth soap; it was all on offer. In fact until low foaming products came along high suds was normal for detergents as well.

This obviously wasn't great, but what else could they do?

Of course makers of soap based washing powders would have one believe otherwise.

Post# 1061511 , Reply# 3   2/25/2020 at 11:22 (1,120 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I've seen that Dash vid (and others) numerous times, always a treat.

She mentions using "less soap."  Dash is a detergent, not soap, so perhaps that's a factor in reducing the dinginess.  :-)

Also, I've always wondered what's the procedure for adjusting an automatic washer's rinse cycle ...

Post# 1061515 , Reply# 4   2/25/2020 at 12:18 (1,120 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I guess you just tell the owner to set it for a second rinse, maybe?

Post# 1061532 , Reply# 5   2/25/2020 at 16:54 (1,120 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Use less "soap"

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Many housewives and others then and still today refer to *all* laundry wash day cleaners as "soap". This regardless if they are in fact detergents or anything else but.

Both my sainted grandmothers called boxes of laundry detergent "soap powder".

For those of a certain age this of course could be forgiven as they grew up before Tide or other detergents came along. Thus only thing they used on wash day was soap.

What gets me is those blogs or internet websites by so called laundry professionals (or at least believe themselves to be) who offer up their firm advice on such matters, calling what is clearly a detergent (such as Tide); soap.

Post WWII years Ivory Snow made it clear it was not a detergent, and why one should use it instead for certain things.

Post# 1061537 , Reply# 6   2/25/2020 at 18:28 (1,120 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
For years

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Laundromat and maybe some other commercial/industrial washers had printing on glass door that read along lines of: "suds should not rise above this level"

If using soap one used amounts needed to maintain a "lively" level of suds. Generally about 2-3 inches deep. This is because soap on its own will soften water, but in process uses up cleaning power. So to ensure whatever is being cleaned has enough soap to do the job good layer of suds is an indication.

Detergents OTOH do not require high suds levels for proper performance. Tide only got them after initial sales were poor. Housewives in 1940's had come up with soap and associated high froth with cleaning power. So P&G switched surfactants to give Tide that high sudsing properties that lasted until rather recently.

In fact far as USA was concerned high suds detergents dominated market until really rather recently with rise of front loaders.

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