Extra detergent is not necessary to get your clothes clean because most HE washers use only 3-4 gallons for the first cycle, which is for washing – every cycle after that is for rinsing. Using more than 1 tablespoon of detergent provides a growth medium for mold. The Washer Fan Team does not recommend the use of powdered soap because it can build up on the internal parts of your washer and may cause mechanical failure. Always use liquid HE detergent because it is formulated to be low sudsing for specific use in HE washing machines.
Traditional top-load washers, which have an agitator in the center, use more water for wash cycles than HE washers and it’s necessary to use more detergent. Using more than 4 tablespoons of detergent won’t get your clothes cleaner but it will contribute to mold growth in a washer’s internal parts. The Washer Fan Team doesn’t recommend powdered detergent because it doesn’t dissolve completely and may contribute to premature mechanical failure of your washer.
Liquid fabric softener is an ideal medium for growing mold, which is why the Washer Fan Team refers to liquid fabric softener as Miracle Grow™ for mold. This is particularly true for HE machines, which use less water. Their low water use does not allow excess soap and fabric softener to fully dissolve which results in a build-up of residue. As an alternative to liquid fabric softener, use fabric softener dryer sheets.
If you feel the need to use a softening agent, fabric softener dryer sheets will help keep your clothes soft and static-free without needing to use liquid fabric softener in your washer
Today’s laundry detergents are formulated for cold water washing. However, the use of cold water will make any existing mold problem worse. Whenever possible, depending on the laundering instructions on your clothes or laundry, wash in warm or hot water.
After your Washer Fan Breeze is installed, your front-load washer’s door should be left slightly open. This allows the excessively humid air in the washer’s drum to be circulated out the door opening by Washer Fan Breeze. After installing Washer Fan Breeze on a top-load washer, the lid should be left completely open. Following this procedure whenever the washer is not in use will lower the mold-causing excessive relative humidity in the washer’s drum.
All newly manufactured washing machines, including top-load washers, have the exact same design that allows standing water to pool at the bottom of the washer. It is a popular misconception that older top load washers did not have a washer odor problem. They did develop washer odor over time, we were not as acutely aware of washer odor at the time. Our customers tell us that they were experiencing washer odor in every type of washer on the market. Washer Fan Breeze permanently eliminates washer odor without purchasing a new washer.