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The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Washing Machine, but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about washing machine performance issues.

QUESTION FROM boyfriend proving girl wrong

Do you fill washer with water and soap before clothes or after?

ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD

Dear “boyfriend proving girl wrong”:

Well, I debated whether it would be better to wait until after Valentine’s Day to answer a question from “boyfriend proving girl wrong”. But nonetheless, here goes . . .

The answer is that it depends.

First, you should check with the owner’s manual for your particular style and brand of washing machine. Sometimes these instructions will also be printed on the inside of the door to your washer.

And if this is not available, then in general it depends on what type of detergent that you are using:

· Powder: put the powder in first, let the water fill up about halfway (depending on the size of your load) so that it can dissolve, then add your clothes.

· Liquid: since liquid detergent will easily mix in with the water, you can add it at anytime. However, if your detergent has bleach in it, then you will not want to put the liquid in first, since having your clothese sitting on top of the bleach could cause some unwanted discoloration.

· Bleach: wait until after your washer starts agitating, then add your bleach or use your bleach dispenser.

Hope this is helpful.
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QUESTION FROM bandbmalone

What causes the detergent not to dissolve fully?

ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD

Dear bandbmalone:

Regarding you question about what causes the detergent not to dissolve fully, I assume that you are referring to your washing machine? If so, the problem could be the brand of detergent you are using, and whether you are using hot or cold water. Some detergents do not dissolve very well in cold water. So if you are using cold water, you might want to try switching detergent brands.

Hope this is helpful.
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QUESTION FROM justme7

I have a Kenmore heavy duty ultra fabric care 80 series washer/dryer. I would like to know a generalized capacity for them. I have a couple roommates who like to overload the washer/dryer. It would be nice to have a run down of what the washer/dryer is expected to clean...ex " 5 pairs of jeans, or 10 T shirts...

ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD

Dear justme7

. . . that's a good question.

To know the capacity of this particular model of washing machine, I would suggest that you contact Kenmore customer service. Here is there toll-free phone number:

1-800-549-4505

Hope this is helpful.
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