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Do you use fabric softener? It leaves surfactant on the fibers(that's why the fabric feels softer) which "waterproofs" the fibers, decreasing absorbency and also making it harder for the towels to dry, leading to mildew. That's why I LOL at all those dumb Snuggle ads with the bear fondling the towels. That's going to stink after getting wet, Teddy Ruxpin.Legume said:My wife has been blaming me for making the towels smell for years - I almost want to show her this thread, but then she would know about the forum. Hmmm.
I like the idea of a mixed pair and like the idea of a simplified washer. I could see getting a SQ washer and a samsung or other dryer. We bought our Kenmore FL's 15 years ago (rebranded duets) and steam wasn't available but as Cazzy mentions, the wrinkle away setting would be great. We have had to have a few repairs on them, but nothing major, a bad thermocouple in the drier, drain pump replacement and front gasket replacement in the washer, but all modest for 15 years.
One of the keys to clean clothes: