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Old 12-13-2005, 04:29 PM   #46
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Thanks Amy! And embarrassing as it should be to admit this...in college I bought a Downy Ball simply because I thought it was "cool" but I didn't know how to use it and so I just threw it in at the beginning when I put the clothes in.
i thought that was how you were supposed to use it?
I think she didn't put anything in it...
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:35 PM   #47
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:17 AM   #48
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I think she didn't put anything in it...

Actually, I did put the liquid in it. I've been called "blonde" before but not THAT blonde!! But I thought now that you are supposed to put the ball in partway through the cycle...?? Umm, maybe I'm not quite so "in the know" now as I thought I was!!! Would someone please explain to me how exactly to use a Downy ball?!!!
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Old 12-14-2005, 08:01 AM   #49
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no, i think you ere doing it right.... the point of the ball is so that you can put everything in at the begining instead of trying to remember to put softener in mid cycle, kwim? so you fill it, plug it, and throw it in on top of your laundry at the start of the wash cycle. when your clothes spin out the first time, the plug unplugs to release the liquid in the rinse cycle.

i have a front loader that has a little place to put your softener in, so i don't use it anymore... actually, i just use dryer sheets now. (i know, not very natural... )
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You put it in right at the beginning
http://downy.com/products/downyball.jsp
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i have a front loader that has a little place to put your softener in, so i don't use it anymore... actually, i just use dryer sheets now. (i know, not very natural... )
We just got a front loader too. But I thought you didn't have to use dryer sheets if you use the softener. We have just been using softener (in the little place you put it in the wash) and no sheets and the clothes are coming out great!
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yes you just use one or the other- but I did try the vinegar and it works great I don't notice the small after the clothes are dry and it is much cheaper!
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Hmm, can you use vinegar in a front load washer? And would you just throw it in or put it where the softener is supposed to go?!
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yeah, i don't use the liquid anymore... (dh would say "only women would be having this detailed a conversation about fabric softener! )
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yeah, i don't use the liquid anymore... (dh would say "only women would be having this detailed a conversation about fabric softener! )

Vinegar doesn't work for me in regards to static...it worked great when I was hanging laundry out - made the clothes really soft (I'd add vinegar and baking soda at the beginning of the load), but that doesn't keep the static out. So I use dryer sheets now.
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My DH likes his clothes to smell really good so I have been buying Good Nest Plum and Grapefruit softener from Target. Ohhhh, it smells soooooo good, but expensive. I wish vinegar came scented
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I have been buying Good Nest Plum and Grapefruit softener from Target. Ohhhh, it smells soooooo good, but expensive. I wish vinegar came scented
YUMM!! I'm going to buy some next time I go to the States! Hey, couldn't you add some essential oils in with the vinegar? Or would that mess up the machine? And is this conversation still applicable to a front-loading washer?
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Don't know about the front loading bit, but you can sure put essential oils in vinegar...I do. I use lavender. You could use grapefruit!
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you can sure put essential oils in vinegar...I do. I use lavender. You could use grapefruit!
So putting EOs in the vinegar you use as fabric softener wouldn't muck things up or damage fabric? How much would you use? And what is Zote?
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