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Soaking Clothing in a Front Loading Washer

I am wondering if anyone can tell me how to soak clothes in a front loading washing machine. My new husband has one - and I sure miss my top loading machine. I'd like to be able to soak my whites. Thanks!

Melanie from Minnesota

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

I have not found a good way to do this with my fron loading machine. I just keep a 5 gallong pail handy and use that when I need to soak something. Not the best solution but it works. I love my front loading washer and wouldn't give it up.

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

i have found myself using the prewash cycle. it isnt still but at least it is something.

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

You know what? A front-loader cleans clothes so well that you usually don't need a pre-soak anyway. I use a pre-wash when needed but basically use only detergent and Oxyclean. I always have a spotless wash. You are so lucky to have a front-loader! Everyone should have one! I learned this back in the sixties. I've tried to stick with front-loaders ever since.

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

I wait until the washer has finished filling and then just turn it off. When I'm ready to finish the load - turn it back on.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful

Annie (or anyone else),
Do you add the additional items (such as Oxyclean, borax, whatever) in the detergent slot of the machine then?

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September 16, 20060 found this helpful

I have found that I don;t need to soak. I use the white cycle and my 3-yrd-old's socks come out like brand new. I use a bleach or oxyclean also. It took getting used to a front loader but I'll never go back to a top loader

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 15, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with Melanie; I miss my top loading washer. Clothes that have been stored for a long time, or taken over by the cat, etc. need to be soaked. Using a pail - which I do - doesn't seem like something I should need to do in 2007. Sometimes I want to add something for the last 2 min. of a cycle & can't. Also I don't notice that my clothes are any cleaner so I use Oxyclean. But if you use Oxyc with your detergent, don't you have to use a powder detergent? Anyother comments or suggestions would be welcome.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 14, 20080 found this helpful

I miss my top loader. With all the extra water it uses, I feel the clothing is cleaner. Sometimes I forget to empty my kids pockets in the front loader, the finish product is quite messy because there is so little water to flush the tissue paper away.

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Anonymous
July 9, 20100 found this helpful

Pooh! all the "I'm happy" posts are from 2006, the front loaders do not get clothes clean, unless you pre-treat like crazy, bunck! the top loader got simple things like salad dressing out, not the front loaders.

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August 19, 20100 found this helpful

I just let my washer run about 5 to 10 minutes and pause for how ever long I want to soak the load. Then I turn the washer back on and let it run through the cycle.

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

Not all of front washers have a soaking cycle. In my experience you don't need that, as front load cycles are at least double in time used for washing. You can chose different parameters that come close to what you want. Some cycles are very long other are short.

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

From remove and replace :

Step 1  Add clothes in the front loading washer and shut the door and make sure it locks.
Step 2  Add 1/4 cup of detergent into the detergent pull out drawer. Liquid OxiClean works great to soak your clothes no matter what color. (Do not add detergent directly to the inside of the washer drum)
Step 3  Program your washing machine for the correct water temperature, size and type.
Step 4  Start the machine. Water will then enter the washing machine barrel drum. You will then hear an audible click and a light will illuminate telling you that the front door is now locked by the machine.
Step 5  The washer will fill with the remaining amount of water. Watch through the window for the drum to start spinning your clothes.
Step 6  Let the machine run for 5 minutes to allow sufficient time to disperse some of the detergent into the drum. After 5 minutes press the Stop button to stop the programmed washing cycle. The water stays in the barrel and the clothes will begin to soak. Allow approximately 30 minutes to let your clothes soak. After 30 minutes press the resume or the start button to allow clothes to wash and let washer run through cycle to drain all water and unlock front door.

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