Putting washing powder in the drum

I'm thinking about getting bargain washing powder from an Ebay seller I saw recommended in this forum (have already bought dishwasher powder and I'm very happy with it). However, I've been using liquid for a few years because it dissolves better. I wonder if I should dissolve the powder in warm water and stick it straight in the drum. Or even just put the dry powder in the drum.

Does anyone else do this?

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  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    I only ever put washing powder or liquid in the drum. Theres no manky drawer to clean out and you can guarantee what you put in is what you wash with.
  • Thanks Judi. Do you ever get powdery streaks on your laundry?
  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    On low temperatures and cheap powder, yes sometimes. I prefer to use liquid detergent on lower temperatures.

    Anything over 40 degrees i find is fine.
  • csnanncsnann Forumite
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    Get one of these http://www.ariel.co.uk/faq/how_do_i_obtain_a_dosing_device.aspx they are free and work with any brand of powder
  • chunkychockychunkychocky Forumite
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    The washing machine cycles that I most commonly use include a pre-wash. If I put the detergent straight in the drum it would all be rinsed away in the pre-wash and the main wash would be just with water. This is pointless using it. This is why in the detergent drawer there are at least two sections, usually three. One for the pre-wash, if you laundry is absolutely vile and you feel it could do with some detergent, the main section for your detergent for the main wash and a fabric softener sectioner, again this is optional. Popping the detergent directly into the drum is completely illogical unless you only use the simplest of washing cycles.
  • Judi wrote: »
    I only ever put washing powder or liquid in the drum. Theres no manky drawer to clean out and you can guarantee what you put in is what you wash with.

    Snap. Would do me sen, but current Messers does so!
    I hvae nt snept th lst fw mntes writg ths post fr yu t cme alng hre nd agre wth m!

    Cheers! :beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
  • bossymoobossymoo Forumite
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    I mostly use liquitabs but yes, any I'd put direct in the drum. And, feel free to call me bonkers but I also squirt a little conditioner in there, as mine just sits in the drawer otherwise, until I pull it out, when it usually ends up on the floor.
    Oddly enough, it doesn't all wash away, and my laundry still smells of lenor after its dried...
    It works for me!
    I stopped using powders as I mostly wash at low temps, and they weren't dissolving x
    Bossymoo

    Away with the fairies :beer:
  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    Snap. Would do me sen, but current Messers does so!

    Pardon? :D
  • ragz_2ragz_2 Forumite
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    I was under the impression that powder is dissolved in the draw by water? I though it was the concentrated liquids combined with low temperatures that gunks up the machine?

    I wouldn't put powder straight in the drum, personally.
    Progress is easier to acheive than perfection.
  • JustamumJustamum Forumite
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    I always put powder in the drum. If you use the drawer there always seems to be a lot of slimy gunk left so not all the powder does the job it's supposed to. I use one 25ml scoop of powder and I know that all of it will be used. If I put that amount in the drawer it probably won't all be used.

    I always wash at 40c for most things as I've tried washing at 30c and it didn't get everything clean.
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