Anna has shared her review of the Downy fabric softener ball, and at the same time responding to my review of this product.
Your review is, if you'll forgive the pun, spot on!
I've used the ball for YEARS and still love it. If I pack the washer full it doesn't open right, but that's my fault. If used properly, I bet it's worked 99.9% of the time and that .1% was probably my fault somehow too.
The whole reason I was googling the Downy Ball and found your article (*** here's a link to the article she's referencing***) is that it is so hard to find anymore. I was afraid there was some massive recall that I didn't hear about. "Downy Ball linked to bee infestations" or some such nonsense.
After reading many articles, I finally found my answer here, the growing popularity of the HE machines. Makes perfect sense.
I've always had older machines, if not coin-ops, so have missed the whole HE revolution.
Maybe when I can afford a nice new washer, I'll say good-bye to my Downy Ball. Until then though, it's the best!
Thanks so much Anna for your kind words about the site, and also your thoughts and experiences with the Downy fabric softener ball.
I just love the Downy ball because before they came out I missed the rinse cycle many times and had to re-rinse.
I have had times when it doesn't open, but not that often. I hope I never lose them since they seem to be so hard to find.
I will not go with the HE washing machines until I'm dragged kicking and screaming.
My neighbor is an appliance repairman. He does not think they are good and he keeps my machine, which is about 20 years old, running. As long as he is able to keep it going, I'm sticking with my dinosaur.
David has also shared his review of this fabric softener dispenser.
We have a brand new washing machine and the ball is new as well.
7 out of 10 times it doesn't open and no softener is used.
Basically we then have to waste water, energy and time to rinse again.
I've read that sometimes the ball has residue at the seal but we haven't used it enough for that to happen.
20% of the time it does open, yet it doesn't go into the laundry and about 10% it empties partially leaving softener all over the clothes.
We didn't notice it one time and it stained our new sheets which really made my wife's day.
I wish this new washer had the ability to pour in the compartment but it doesnt. We are at a loss.
David, sorry to hear about this frustrating experience.
Beside the suggestions I made in my Downy ball article I really don't have any great suggestions for you, but I am sorry.
I'm wondering if you should just forego fabric softener, and not use it in the wash if it will cause this much trouble for you.
The other option would be to use a product that softens clothes, but can be added at the beginning of the cycle, instead of having to wait until the rinse cycle to add. Examples of such products currently on the market include Purex crystals and Dropps fabric softener pacs.
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