Does anyone use Charlie's soap for their CDs? Experiences - pros and cons? and how about using it in an HE washer?
I do use Charlies in my HE machine. I use half a scoop x2 for a load of CDs (1/2 a scoop in the initial poopy rinse and 1/2 a scoop in the actual wash cycle). And I use vinegar in the final rinse.
I've tried several different detergents/soaps, and this one is giving me the best results (we have hard water). And my sensitive bottomed guy has not had a reaction to it yet (been using it about a month or so, washing twice/week).
I haven't run across any cons yet.
I also only use Charlie's soap in a HE washer with my cds (and everything else for that matter!). The only draw back I find is that when using cold water I have to break up the powder once I turn the water on, because for some reason it gets hard in the detergent dispenser part of the HE machine, if I don't break it up. It must just be the way it reacts with the cold water. However, I don't have this problem when washing cds because I use hot water and this doesn't seem to happen when using hot water. I would say this is the ONLY drawback...I love Charlie's Soap!! I also don't use a full scoop when washing cds, but I always put it on the "extra rinse" cycle.
Unless your detergent has bleach in it, most of them don't disinfect. I don't worry about disinfecting. But I do use white vinegar in the rinse, which I suppose has that effect, although that's not why I use it.