I love my washer and dryer. The washer is a High Efficiency front loader. They use significantly less water than top loaders. I had heard so many bad things about RV sets that my expectations were pretty low and I knew we were limited to small loads. Even after having this problem I still love my washer and dryer. I just know they have to be used differently.
Clean sheets are the best so I change them, and the blanket every 4 or 5 days. I've used the same laundry detergent for several years and never had a problem but after reading about sensitivity to the ingredients in laundry detergent I think the problem may be the fact that my washer is very small and may not be rinsing all of the detergent out of the blankets.
First I called my daughter. She's "crunchy"... her word, not mine. She is into all things natural and knows a lot about laundry as she is a cloth diaper washing expert. She suggested I thoroughly clean or "strip" my washer first. I looked the process up online and found more than one way to do it but I choose to run a long cycle with very hot water and 2 cups of vinegar. Then I ran another cycle with bleach and after those where finished, I cleaned the seal and all the nooks and crannies with vinegar and a rag. Some of the pictures I saw were so gross but my washer wasn't bad at all, thank goodness! I also cleaned my dryer with a rag and vinegar to remove any residue.
Now that my washer and dryer are clean and residue free I can start washing EVERYTHING.
|Not my laundry pile but it sure feels that big!|
I did some research online and consulted my crunchy daughter to find good organic detergents that I will be able to find fairly easily no matter where we are camping. I need one that doesn't have chemicals that will cling to the fabric and cause irritation. I choose BioKleen. The main reason I choose that brand is because I have used their Bac-out cleaning products and had exceptional results.
My first task is to wash all of the bedding twice and with an extra rinse cycle. With such a small washer and dryer that will be a long process. I should be finished with enough today so that I can remake the bed with all fresh bedding and hopefully Rob can stop scratching and taking Benadryl. Then I can start on the clothes.
Wish us luck!