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Old 28 September 2018, 02:11 PM
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There is no handwash laundry soap any more.
Huh?

You don't really want to use soap on clothes anyway. You want to use detergent.

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Old 29 September 2018, 01:52 AM
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You don't really want to use soap on clothes anyway. You want to use detergent.
I learned something. Thanks.
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Old 29 September 2018, 12:53 PM
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I came across instructions for de-funkifying a front-loading washing machine by pouring vinegar in the drum and baking soda in the detergent slot. It worked for me, though I didn't experiment with either ingredient alone or with plain water. It occurs to me that vinegar sometimes leaves behind its own smell (and, in plastic food receptacles, taste), which baking soda might neutralize.
I put white vinegar (the stuff used for cleaning) in the fabric softener slot of my frontloader, instead of fabric softener, for the towels. There is little to no vinegar smell at the end.

I also make sure that after I'm done with the washing machine I partially pull out the detergent drawer and leave the door mostly open, so that they dry and don't create the musty smell in the first place.
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Old 29 September 2018, 04:28 PM
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I routinely put vinegar -- white if I have it -- in the washing machine with sheets and towels. I don't measure it, just splosh it in. I've never noticed any vinegar smell on the clean laundry.
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Old 29 September 2018, 05:09 PM
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Good to know. I've been a little leery of vinegar since I used it on my coffeemaker and it took gallons of water to get rid of the smell and taste, and even then I felt like there was a little trace left behind. I use a detergent designed for that purpose now, and while it still takes a lot of water to rinse it doesn't seem to leave anything behind, nor does it stink up the kitchen.
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Old 29 September 2018, 07:30 PM
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Interesting. I occasionally soak my stainless steel teakettles in vinegar in order to get rid of mineral deposits. I rinse them out reasonably well afterwards and never had any lingering flavor/odor problems.

For that matter, I used vinegar for some years as a hair rinse (rinsing it out afterwards just like you would with any other hair rinse). I smelled like a salad for a few minutes after washing my hair, but it wore off quickly. And I preferred the vinegar smell to the perfumey smell that was all I could find in commercial rinses.

Maybe there's something about the innards of some coffeemakers that holds the smell?
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Old 30 September 2018, 01:36 AM
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I think the issue is that you use a lot more vinegar to soak a coffeepot. Plus a washing machine is designed to get all of the soapy water out of the machine on the first spin.
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Old 30 September 2018, 02:52 PM
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I use quite a bit of vinegar to soak the kettles -- about 50/50 with water (I don't measure it.) One of them's quite a large kettle.
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Old 02 October 2018, 02:34 AM
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In case it wasn't clear--I ran the vinegar through the coffeemaker; I didn't just soak the glass carafe.
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Old 02 October 2018, 01:59 PM
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That's what I thought you meant; and I wonder whether there's something about the innards of the coffeemaker that absorbed some of the vinegar and held the smell? I don't know what's inside them.
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Plastic, mostly, which I think is probably key.
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Old 03 October 2018, 04:04 AM
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Definitely: plastics are porous, so the vinegar (and smell) soaks in in ways that you don't get with metal or glass.
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