How clean is your washer getting your clothes?

Bacteria CAN survive wash cycles.  Unfortunately it can. That is why it is important to understand the proper temperature activation and lifetime of the detergent you use. Check the soap manufacturer recommendations on the back of the box. Typically temperature activation is around 72 degrees F and the lifetime of the soap while sudsing is 15-20 minutes. Temperature of the water is important and should not be ignored! Cold temperature setting refers to about 70 degrees F, not 40 degrees F! So in the winter in the Chicago area, the cold water supply out of Lake Michigan can fall below activation temperature resulting in no cleaning action at all! Medium temperature may be needed in the winter. Also, after laundry is completed, many experts recommend that you run an empty bleach cycle to kill the remaining potential bacteria, and then run an extra rinse cycle to get rid of the bleach fully.

For some extra advice on washers, we recommend to NEVER overload a washer! This puts stress on its motor and transmission. One time is enough to do irreparable harm. For example, imagine towing a semi-tractor with a Ford Escort. The Escort might survive that single event, but the stress has killed the life of the vehicle. Please remember that blue jeans and cotton towels are the “semi-loads” of the laundry world.  If your washer or dryer shakes a lot.  The shaking is cause for concern regarding damage to the floor or walls.  There are a number of things that could cause this problem, including but not limited to overloading your washer or dryer. If the unit is problematic even with small loads, we recommend trying Kellet ShakeAway™ pads, which can be purchased at your local Lowe’s, Home Depot or Amazon.