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#1 of 5 Old 01-03-2008, 08:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know you're supposed to use specific detergent for HE machines. Since struggling with odor issues, I began putting 1/2 cup of baking soda in my front-loading HE washing machine, along with Country Save. It's made a huge difference but now I wonder. Is this okay for the machine or going to cause a problem?

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What is the odor problem? Do you clean your machine? Mine has to be cleaned monthly by running a load on hottest hot with an extra rinse and bleach. I just wash a huge load of white towels each month this way and the washer smells fine. I also take a small towel with a drop of bleach on it and run it around the gasket before I do this load, to kill anything growing in there. Really helps! Your machine doubtless has some instructions for cleaning it.

Using a non HE laundry detergent voids the warranty.

If it is diaper stink, post in the diaper forum for some ideas.
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Thanks for your response.

Hmmm.... Country Save is HE- says on the label. Washing machine is new so I hadn't cleaned it yet. I think the issue may be build up from previous machine or not using enough detergent. Either way, clothes smell better with baking soda added. Issue for HE machine?
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So the machine is new but your clothes smell? Are you sure they stink and it is not just how a natural detergent smells? It does not have so many additives to make clothes smell nice.

I use bacout for stinky clothes. I run a soak cycle with a bit of Biokleen bac out, then rinse, then wash the clothes. Works great on workout and other really stinky clothes.

I don't see how BS could hurt the machine. If it works, great. I add it to my dishwasher!
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I have been using baking soda in my HE front loader for years and haven't had any problems at all.

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