When owning a high efficiency washer and dryer, one must take care to baby the machine to the max so the industrial strength home helper remains on it’s best behavior. Part of the job of babying is to use the right products (like you would keep a Porsche equipped with the highest quality gas and oil!). Just like shampoo keeps your hair clean and silky, the right detergent keeps the wash machine running smoothly. And just like a clarifying shampoo is used to remove product residue, cleaning the washer with a specialized cleaner is important for long term use.
The Whirlpool High Efficiency washer works best with these two products: Tide Laundry Detergent for HE machines and Affresh cleaner (which can be conveniently stored in the pedestal! I love that extra storage space!). While these laundry products might be more pricey than bargain detergent, investing in your machine is important! Remember, you are saving money doing your laundry with all the energy and water efficient features the Whirlpool HE Duet offers so you are really ahead financially. Use some of your savings toward the best cleaners!
Why HE Liquid Detergent: Tide HE Liquid Detergent gives the right level of sudsing for high-efficiency washers. It creates fewer suds and disperses quickly to get great cleaning performance with only a fraction of the amount of water used in traditional machines. I used a non-HE detergent when I ran out of HE and got a warning on my washer’s digital screen that told me there were too many suds detected and additional rinsing was required. It was right, too many suds. I had to take a rag to the door and opening to remove extra suds before rinsing the load again. Now I skip the loads until I can restock HE detergent!
Why Affresh cleaner: Affresh keeps the residue from building up, just like a clarifying shampoo does for your hair. I’ve also heard complaints about front-loading washers smelling of mildew so I am careful to leave the door cracked open between uses (until it air dries) and I use Affresh monthly. Affresh is used in the wash basket, without clothes, on a special “affresh” cycle. I found Affresh at my local Target. It is also available at Whirlpool.com, Home Depot, Best Buy and Amazon.com.
Some other thoughts on laundry:
Since I’ve been using my Whirlpool HE Duet, I’ve come across only one issue with the front-load washer. Dog Hair. When I wash the blankets my pups sleep on, I get left over hair gathered at the front of the washer. It’s gross. When I asked a Whirlpool laundry expert about this, I was told to shake the blankets outside first. Then run an extra rinse cycle. It helped a bit but not completely. I just have to wipe the hair off before removing the load. I did try to wash the 2 blankets on “allergen” cycle since my son and husband have allergies. This cycle take 1 hour and 42 minutes and runs on hot water so I’m not keen on using it often. So, I shake, give it an extra rinse and clean what doesn’t drain. It’s a small price to pay.
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“I wrote this review while participating in a test-drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool and received a complimentary Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer to facilitate my review.”