Understanding your laundry detergent

Written by Donald Grummett

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Detergent and hard water ---------------

One ofrepparttar things that affectsrepparttar 100065 cleaning process is water hardness.

When detergent is used in hard water it produces soap scum. Yes,repparttar 100066 same stuff that makes that ring inside your bathtub. The harderrepparttar 100067 water,repparttar 100068 more soap scum.

Water hardness is a measure of its mineral content. So,repparttar 100069 more minerals,repparttar 100070 more soap scum. The more scum,repparttar 100071 less concentratedrepparttar 100072 detergent.

Therefore, if your water is hard you need to compensate by using more detergent per load of laundry. Conversely,repparttar 100073 softerrepparttar 100074 waterrepparttar 100075 less detergent is required to clean repparttar 100076 clothes. If you readrepparttar 100077 detergent box it will usually indicate how much detergent is needed for different water hardness.

Unsure of your water hardness? Telephone your municipality or water provider and ask forrepparttar 100078 water hardness level. It is quoted in grains. That is, 2-4 grains is soft, 4-6 grains is medium, and above 6-8 grains is hard water. If you don't know your water hardness, then experiment. Cut back on your detergent. Ifrepparttar 100079 clothes still come out clean, cut back further.

Detergent quantity per load ----------------

Do not assume thatrepparttar 100080 amount of detergent suggested onrepparttar 100081 box is correct for you.

The manufacturer is offering general guidelines based upon many variable factors. Load size, dirt content, detergent type, machine type, water hardness, or water temperature all effectrepparttar 100082 amount required. Some experimentation is required to find how much detergent you should use per load.

Also, use a measuring cup to dispense your detergent. The plastic measuring cup that comes inrepparttar 100083 detergent box is there for a reason.

Oncerepparttar 100084 perfect amount of detergent required is determined continue to use this same amount for every load. Simply use a marker to draw a line onrepparttar 100085 measure so your amount per load will be consistent.

Remember, simply dumping out a quantity of detergent from repparttar 100086 box is a very bad idea. It is not only wasteful but will contribute to poor and irregular cleaning results.

New products --------------

In recent yearsrepparttar 100087 front-loading washer has become common. They have attracted much attention because they use substantially less water and electricity. A front loader uses about 40% less water and 50% less electricity.

The clothes no longer are suspended in a large tub of water. Instead they roll inside a horizontal tub and only pass through water when atrepparttar 100088 bottom ofrepparttar 100089 tub.

The clothes are constantly being picked up and then dropped intorepparttar 100090 water. This tumbling action takesrepparttar 100091 place of repparttar 100092 agitator used in a top load machine.

Along withrepparttar 100093 introduction ofrepparttar 100094 front-loader has come a new generation of laundry detergent. It is called high-energy, or high-efficiency detergent. Generally referred to as HE detergent. This type of detergent produces very little suds.

A low sudsing detergent is necessary for a front loader washer. If suds were present theywould form a cushion at repparttar 100095 bottom ofrepparttar 100096 tub, betweenrepparttar 100097 clothes andrepparttar 100098 water. This would drastically reducerepparttar 100099 cleaning action ofrepparttar 100100 water.

Also,repparttar 100101 front-loader machines generally require less detergent per load of laundry. Some sources indicate this is because less water needs less detergent to obtainrepparttar 100102 same water to detergent ratio. Other sources suggest it is becauserepparttar 100103 HE detergent is more concentrated, and so less is needed to producerepparttar 100104 same cleaning action.

Although more expensiverepparttar 100105 detergent used by front-loaders can last a long time. For this reason it is often suggested it be stored in a warm, dry location. If exposed to moisture fromrepparttar 100106 air it can clump up. If this is then placed into a front-loaders dispenser it may not break down properly resulting in a poor wash.

The Future -----------------

What willrepparttar 100107 future bring torepparttar 100108 field of laundry detergent and clothes cleaning?

Manufacturers have been hinting at a type of washing machine that requires no detergent. Some think it will takerepparttar 100109 form of a microwave washer.

The dirt is radiated torepparttar 100110 point where it is virtually vaporized. Sounds like something out of Star Trek.

Others suggest washers may use electrically charged particles to dorepparttar 100111 cleaning. The dirt would be given an electrical charge different fromrepparttar 100112 clothing. In this way repparttar 100113 dirt can then be drawn away fromrepparttar 100114 fabric and then disposed of into a filter.

At this point in time these things seem rather far-fetched and theoretical.

Of courserepparttar 100115 same is always said until someone learns how to turn a crazy theory into a practical device.

For more information about detergent check out

http:// www.armandhammer.com http:// www.tide.com

Copyright 2004 Donald Grummett Donald Grummett is an appliance service manager in Ottawa, Canada. In the trade over 30 years as both a technician and business owner. For more information about appliances visit http://www.mgservices.ca


Written by John Rocco

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Once you have allrepparttar glass and putty removed, cleanrepparttar 100064 frame with a paint brush. Then measurerepparttar 100065 width at three spots:bottom, middle, and top. Takerepparttar 100066 smallest measurement and deduct 1/8" for wood windows and 3/8" for steel casements. Then, measurerepparttar 100067 height atrepparttar 100068 left side, center, and right side. Takerepparttar 100069 smallest measurement and deduct 1/8" on wood windows and 1/4" on casements. When you order your new glass, order double strength glass, and giverepparttar 100070 width first, thenrepparttar 100071 height. When you getrepparttar 100072 new glass home,repparttar 100073 installation process is slightly different between wood and steel windows. If it's wood, put a thin bead of caulk onrepparttar 100074 frame whererepparttar 100075 glass is going to make contact. Installrepparttar 100076 glass. The caulk will holdrepparttar 100077 glass in place while you installrepparttar 100078 push points. You can either apply putty or use white caulk instead. If you're going to use caulk, cutrepparttar 100079 tip belowrepparttar 100080 tapered part, and cut at a 45 degree angle. You wantrepparttar 100081 largest possible hole to allowrepparttar 100082 caulk to coverrepparttar 100083 large area previously covered byrepparttar 100084 putty. The caulk method is faster than putty, but it requires more skill to makerepparttar 100085 job look nice. If you have steel casements,repparttar 100086 only option is putty. The area is just too large to use caulk. The sash clips install differently thanrepparttar 100087 push points. The push points stick intorepparttar 100088 wood, butrepparttar 100089 sash clips insert into small holes inrepparttar 100090 side ofrepparttar 100091 casement frame. Sometimesrepparttar 100092 holes get plugged with old putty and it's easy to overlook them. Take your time applyingrepparttar 100093 putty. Make sure you userepparttar 100094 putty knife to smoothrepparttar 100095 surface. You just repaired your putty window. I will be on Christmas vacation forrepparttar 100096 next two weeks, but when i come back, i will continue this series of articles on repairing single pane windows.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

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