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ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: spacescape
Date: May 17, 2017 09:06PM
We have a front loading washing machine which we seem to only be able to use "ALL" Free and Clear detergent (Powdered) or we get a stinky sewer smell out of the machine. So, we drained it and did a cleaning cycle and have been using this ever since.

[www.amazon.com]

Problem is that it was about $4-$5... Now it seems to be $13-$15 per box... In the matter of a few months. So, I'm looking for other options and suggestions. Anyone can recommend anything?

Thanks.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2017 09:12PM
Do you use a fabric softener in your washer? That is providing food for the mildew/bacteria in the front loader. The drum gets clean every time you run a load, but the big outer drum it sits in gets a sludge line of softener at the water line, and that is some pretty gross stuff when the ecosystem gets going.

We stopped using softener in our washer and it went away pretty quick.

We use half sheets in our dryer and it works fine.



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 17, 2017 09:16PM
Do you leave the door open after washing? That also makes a difference, it allows the drum and seal area to dry out. Without the moisture, mold and mildew have a harder time thriving there and creating the odor.



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Don C
Date: May 17, 2017 09:19PM
We were told to use dryer sheets sparingly as whatever is in them can damage the rubber seals in the dryer if a lot of them are used. We were told we could use them with sheets and large items once in a while but not with small items.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2017 09:24PM
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Don C
We were told to use dryer sheets sparingly as whatever is in them can damage the rubber seals in the dryer if a lot of them are used. We were told we could use them with sheets and large items once in a while but not with small items.

Yeah I can see that. What makes them work is they have a waxy substance made from beef tallow on them. Oil will eventually break down many types of rubber.

It's a toss up. Liquid bad in a washer, sheets bad in the dryer. dunno smiley
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 17, 2017 10:29PM
We use the liquid version of that with liquid free & clear softener for maybe 20% of the loads without issue, but the others point out issues that probably address the stinkies you're having more succinctly. Good luck.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 17, 2017 10:39PM
Actually, we use the Costco house brand that mimics the Free and Clear liquid. Works well for us.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: graylocks
Date: May 17, 2017 10:41PM
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Racer X
Actually, we use the Costco house brand that mimics the Free and Clear liquid. Works well for us.

that's what i use also.



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 18, 2017 12:47AM
We use the pacs now, no more liquid or powder.

[www.amazon.com]

WE really miss the bounce dryer bar, best thing ever.



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2017 06:06AM
....the issue with liquids are that read somewhere that efficiency dwindles over time.....meaning cleaning power will decrease if you have for long time.....not so for powder since they are basically 'inert' until they touch water......

.....don't remember exact time but if you have liquid for a year, let's say the cleaning power will have decrease......and since liquids are ubiquitous now, price for powder is so much cheaper compared to liquids......

.....and the pacs are so much more expensive.........if you are watching your pennies.....



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 18, 2017 06:36AM
Newton,

A bottle of laundry detergent - even a ginormous - can last a year? Wow! Not around here!

Robert
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2017 06:41AM
......some people stock up when liquid detergent is on sale to save money.......and some family units only have 1-2 people.....



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: spacescape
Date: May 18, 2017 06:44AM
Costco Liquid "FREE" and "HE"... Caused the most problem. sad smiley Not right away but eventually... Haven't had a problem in over a year since we switched to ALL FREE AND CLEAR...

Thanks.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2017 06:51AM
.....try other 'free' house brands like Target.......there is also Wisk 'free' but in the last few years it has been disappearing from most stores.......Walmart on-line used to sell it but no longer.....I think both Target and Walmart sell it in-store, as do certain supermarket chains....

......Wisk, some time ago, won Consumer Reports #1 list......there is also the new detergent Persil, from Europe, prices are starting to come down from when it was first introduced and they have a 'free' version.......compare the price to All but All is probably cheaper.......


....you can wait for sales and then stock up, as All goes on sale quite often, as it is one of the detergents in the 'medium' category that people often buy to save money [ not top tier detergent like Tide that is always expensive or a lower tier like Purex, Arm&Hammer etc ]........and there are always coupons for All around [ Tide coupons are rare and usually you have to buy 2 to get something like 50 cents off ].....



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Robert M
Date: May 18, 2017 07:54AM
Newton,

My family is two adults and one toddler. Giant bottles - think Costco size - wouldn't last a year. Not a chance. we stock up when it's on sale but don't go overboard when buying. We don't have the space to store large quantities of detergents.

Robert
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 18, 2017 08:39AM
Robert - my experience is that one toddler can result in more washing than any three or four adults. My adult son and I might go through one large container of detergent in 6+ months.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2017 08:43AM
....def. more laundry for toddler.......my parents don't use that much detergent....a ginourmous bottle can last pretty long....



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: May 18, 2017 08:47AM
Never close washer door, especially on front loaders. We have Kenmore top load in one place, Bosch front load in other, always leave doors open and never any odors. And, fabric softener - no. It's the biggest cause of allergies, hurts washers and dryers, and should be illegal. popcorn smiley



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 18, 2017 09:00AM
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graylocks
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Racer X
Actually, we use the Costco house brand that mimics the Free and Clear liquid. Works well for us.

that's what i use also.

ditto again



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 18, 2017 10:27AM
Use chlorine bleach. It's a rare load where I don't use bleach.



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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: FormerlySaleenl
Date: May 18, 2017 11:02AM
I have used this powdered detergent for a while, as well as its scented variants, and it works well: [www.amazon.com]
All scents are so mild, I just buy whatever variety is cheapest at the time.

Note that while it appears expensive, it comes in 10 pound boxes instead of the 3.25 pound All ones. Also, the amount you need to use is very small if you read carefully, it's no more than two tablespoons. The included scoop encourages you to use too much for a front loader.

I use vinegar instead of fabric softener and augment it with some oxi clean if washing a load of whites. We've never had problems with our washer stinking. Sometimes I also use a dryer sheet, but they leave very little residue. [www.vitacost.com]
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 18, 2017 03:06PM
All Free and Clear has not gone up in price at my Walmart.
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Re: ALL Powdered Detergent "Free and Clear"... Looking for another brand that is as good...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 19, 2017 12:34PM
For some washes, I'll use only baking soda. Occasionally, I'll add a tablespoon if liquid detergent, but have been wanting to switch to a powder. This thread may make me do that.
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