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CNN on cleaning your washer and dryer
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Post# 1146376   4/12/2022 at 19:57 (742 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

This is nothing more than a sales pitch for needless products if you know how to do laudry.

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Post# 1146386 , Reply# 1   4/12/2022 at 20:55 (742 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Saw that a few days ago.  The advice from the Home Depot girlie about toploaders needing the agitator and filter removed for cleaning is off-target being that none of them anymore have filters.

Post# 1146429 , Reply# 2   4/13/2022 at 05:51 (742 days old) by henene4 (Heidenheim a.d. Brenz (Germany))        
Sponsored post I guess

All the articles they say to use are linked with a HomeDepot link.

That link probably gives CNN a small cash back each time someone clicks through.
Further, I would assume they got payed for the post flat out as there is way to much HomeDepot plastered across it for anyone to do that for free.

After working with people in sales for a couple of years, they always have certain areas they are very good about and areas they are straight up misinformed in.

Main reason is that at least in our store while you do have your department, you do have to be abled to jump in in any department.

So you have to know everything at least somewhat.
That's where stuff like the TL FL confusion of the lady came from probably.
Also, they don't usually help people who are knowledgeable about a product, so they are used to not talk in technical correct ways but to put more weight into understanding by a novice that honestly dosen't really care much.

In general their advice isn't terrible?
I wouldn't ever want the average consumer to remove the agitator or impeller. Sure some stuff is wrong.

But the cleaning methodology is decent.
Get the most off with a clean cycle (though bleach or citric acid will work wonders for way less than the cleaning products).
Then go detailing.

Also plus points for not skipping the dryer.
Still remember reading in some WP dryer manual that they want you to get the dryer disassembled and cleaned professionally every 5 years otherwise they might not be liable for any damages.
So reminding customers to at least clear the vent every now and then is great IMO!

Post# 1146547 , Reply# 3   4/14/2022 at 09:22 (741 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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I'm a clean freak but interestingly enough...All those products I used to buy for different things. Toilet, shower, bathroom, floor, air freshener, etc... I've learned I don't need ANY of those things....Essential oils, alcohol, peroxide, palmolive or dawn..citric acid. One thing I do like to have is powdered cleanser like comet/Ajax/Barkeepers..
oh and another thing I've never been able to give up is bleach...but I use it sparingly.

My duet just turned 17 this month...has never smelled :)

Post# 1146564 , Reply# 4   4/14/2022 at 14:12 (740 days old) by Jerrod_Six (Eastern Pennsylvania, USA)        

Big congratulations to your Duet for making it to 17!

Post# 1146623 , Reply# 5   4/15/2022 at 16:36 (739 days old) by maytaga806 (Howell, Michigan)        

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cnn is a joke… First of all, running the washer with cleaner is the LAST thing you do. Wipe the machine exterior and interior down first with a sanitizing cleaner, remove fabric softener and other dispensers for a deep clean and get in the grooves of the lid and other areas with Q-tips, then you can run it and fill it to the brim with hot water and whatever cleaning detergent you choose, I use cascade Pacs to clean mine, and since I have a older direct drive I’ll let it fill to the top and once it stops filling I’ll hold the water level knob over the SUPER size to allow it to fill to the very top so it can do a full cleanse, on the longest cycle with the highest agitation possible. Sometimes I’ll pause it halfway and allow it to soak overnight and resume in the morning so it can lift crap off the inner tub. And that’s how you clean a top loader!

Post# 1146626 , Reply# 6   4/15/2022 at 17:18 (739 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
doing laundry properly

It is all about doing laundry with the usual sorting accordingly in addition to taking care of the machines. If you take care of the machines and do laundry properly, they will take care of you.

Post# 1146629 , Reply# 7   4/15/2022 at 18:08 (739 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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I have never needed to use a cleaner. Is this catered to front loaders and high efficiency machines?

Post# 1146631 , Reply# 8   4/15/2022 at 18:27 (739 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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More than likely yes. Filth loaders need more maintenance to keep them clean since they don’t use enough water not to mention the make believe “warm” and “hot” temperatures aren’t really sufficient to keep them spotless on the surfaces of the inner and outer tub.

Post# 1146640 , Reply# 9   4/15/2022 at 19:57 (739 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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It's so simple if you just do your laundry as normal...don't overload machine...You hot/warm water washes...maybe occasional LCB with can even use liquid fab softener (in small amounts)...apart from that - just leave the door cracked...occasionally wipe the glass and rubber boot down in the grooves and pull out the dispenser to let that air out... that's it...all of these expensive products are totally unnecessary... the only reason I think they may help is if someone neglects their machine or something and it's in a bad state. One thing:

My machine is in a climate controlled area. I suppose if I lived somewhere without AC and in a very humid area it could be hard to keep it clean because of all the moisture. Not sure.

Post# 1146651 , Reply# 10   4/15/2022 at 23:23 (739 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
I thought the dishwasher washed the dishes?

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So said the innocent young girl in Maytag television commercial watching her mother prewash dishes before going into dishwasher.

That that innocent cannot for life comprehend why one is supposed to clean inside of a machine that is desgined to wash textiles, and should take care of keeping itself clean without any intervention.

Then again one does not exclusively wash in cool or cold water and heavily use liquid based detergents. Routine use of nice hot washes with oxygen (or chlorine) bleach is all anyone needs. Oh and weaning oneself away from liquid detergents or at least doing odd wash with a good powdered product.

It's like using descaling products for washing machines. Manufactures long have stated it simply isn't necessary to use such products or run a "descaling/cleaning" cycle. Long as one uses proper amounts of detergents (which contain ingredients designed to cope with scale), there shouldn't be an issue.

And another thing; issue of front loaders having a whiff is largely due to people shutting them up after wash day. This even when owners manuals and other advise states door should be left open.

Those with pets or small children who for various reasons cannot be kept away from open washing machines, for that one has no answer. But shouldn't perhaps purchased a front loader should you?

Post# 1146679 , Reply# 11   4/16/2022 at 09:26 (739 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The door doesn't need to be left wide-open to a fully-exposed drum port.  Hang a towel over the door to hold it sufficiently ajar for residual moisture to escape.

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