Maintenance: Once a month, run an empty washer with 1 cup of vinegar.
Safety: Once a month, clean your dryer filter. Mine is at the top of my dryer. Pull it out and scrub both sides of the screen with water, soap and a toothbrush.
I will be trying vinegar as a fabric softener. I understand that we can use the downy ball with the vinegar as well. I will fill to the fill line and see what happens.
If you run out of laundry detergent. Use a squirt of dish detergent. One winter, I didn’t even buy laundry soap. I had purchased a large number of bottles of Dawn dish detergent at the dollar store, with buy 1 get 1 free coupons. I used them for both dishes and clothing.