Okay, how is it done? I sort, I bleach, I soak. What more can I do?
May 06, 2010 | by Rachel
I'm a laundry nazi. I really like throwing clothes in the washing machine. In January our wonderful 30 year old washer started spraying transmission fluid on all of our clothing during the spin cycle. Yeah...not okay. The kids were both sick and puking and I was desperate. Do NOT take my washing machine away from me when I have baskets full of vomit crusted clothing. I'm just not every woman who lived before 1950. I really like my technology. So off I darted to Northgate appliance 20 minutes before they closed. If you live in or near Holland I hope that you patronize this place. In the last 12 years I've been in and out of that place many many times trying to keep our old appliances functioning. As a 20-something female, every time I walked in they treated me with so much respect. They'd give me advice and direction on replacing parts. Never did I get a sales pitch about buying new. They always treated me really well. I've heard similar things from other people too. Whoever runs that place probably reads Seth Godin's blog. Or at least runs the business like it. It was time to replace. The sales guy was super helpful and respectful, discouraged me from buying a dryer (since mine isn't broken) and directed me to 2 good clearance deals. I came home, researched it and decided. The next morning I called them, they delivered and installed it that same morning. I had a brand new washer The entire process took less than 16 hours. And it was bought, delivered and installed for less than anything that I could find on the internet. Okay, enough with the Northgate ad. I just really like it when I find a business that I trust and that makes my life easier. I'll tell you about our awesome car mechanic another day. So, armed with a new super-duper front loader I was hoping that my whites were going to come out sparkling. Frankly, they come out about the same as before. Clean and white, but not quite as white as they were when they were brand new. I'd tried Oxiclean, bleach, Borax, vinegar, varying detergents, all without amazing results. I Googled it and found many laundry forums claiming that chefs use liquid dishwasher detergent to get their chef clothes super white. So here we go. I'll let you know how it went in 1 hour and 35 minute. If anyone knows any amazing tricks for getting whites super-white, I'd LOVE to know!