Using Homemade Laundry Detergent In a Front Loader

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November 9, 2011

A front loading washing machine.I'm very intrigued by the idea of making my own laundry detergent, but I'm also a bit concerned. We purchased a front loader a few years ago and had the same problem as many with odors. After trying different ideas, I stopped using liquid laundry detergent and fabric softener. I now use powdered and the smell is gone.


I'm worried that the homemade detergent, being liquid, would start the odor problems again. Has anyone had experience with this? Thanks so much for your advice.

By Jess from Hillsboro, OR


November 10, 20110 found this helpful
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The smell in the washer comes from leaving the door closed and the moisture inside causes mildew/mold. It isn't typically related to your detergent.

You can make dry homemade detergent if you prefer that kind. Just look at the different recipes and you'll find that variety too.

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November 4, 2011

Are the homemade washing detergent recipes OK for front loader washing machines?

By Jennifer


November 7, 20110 found this helpful
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I make my own liquid laundry detergent and use it all the time in my front loader. Works wonderfully!

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Anyone know of a recipe for laundry detergent for the new front loading washers. I just acquired a new Frigidaire front-load washer.

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