SuperShock is a special, three phase, extra strong, vinegar based, cleaning and disinfecting treatment.
This vinegar method works better than anything we have found. This recipe uses common household materials to clean the machine. Vinegar, dishwasher soap and regular table salt.
Do not add TechnoFresh® for Phase One of the shock treatment.
It doesn't work that way.
1 Add two ounces of DISHWASHER detergent ( NOT the liquid for hand washing in the sink ) to the detergent dispenser. You don't need much. It adds ions and helps the plumbing rinse sparkling clean ... Any type of dishwasher detergent will work. If you have the two chamber packet kind you need to borrow some regular stuff from a neighbor. You paid a lot for that special packaging so you shouldn't waste it on these shocks.
2. Add 1/4 cup of regular salt on top of the Dishwasher soap. This adds extra ions to help lift off the scum.
3. Place a large load of rags or old towels in the drum. A really large load will increase the amount of water used resulting in a higher water line in the drum and it will also increase the wash time which will help a lot.
4. Pour the one to two gallons of cheap white vinegar onto the towels / rags in drum so they are well soaked
5. Run load with the longest and hottest water setting.
Note: You need to offset the alkali nature of the detergent residue. Because vinegar is weak acetic acid you need lot of acid. More than two gallons would be a waste though. Also, for any follow-up shock treatments (every three or four months) you should only need one gallon or less. If you minimize your detergent, use you may never have to shock again. Well not ever, but some customers report year long periods where the shock was not run and everything was fine
Remember, you are trying to remove / dissolve the soap and scum off of the walls of the tank and plumbing.
If you have been using excessive amounts of detergent and softener, there will be a large buildup. It could take up to three shock runs.
As this gunk is removed, you might find that the smell could even be increasing between shock runs
If so, you are using way too much detergent
The shock exposes the anaerobic bacteria slime growing on the decomposing organic based material that is caught up in the underlying detergent film. The organic material comes from the cotton, wool, linen, silk and any other natural fibers that shed from the fabrics. In addition, there can be organic material from farm or ranch work or compost from gardening. All this is good food for bacteria living in a damp environment.
If the detergent layer is thick it will not all come off at once. As the upper layers come off, the machine can start to smell like a dirty swimming pool or a fish aquarium that needs cleaning.
- Keep running the super shock. The odor will clear up eventually.
- This is only necessary if the odor becomes objectionable and you have to stop shocking for a day or so because your schedule won't allow it.
Do a chlorine bleach shock (1 cup in hot water load, absolutely no other chemicals no towels) to knock out the fishy odor if it arises. The chlorine cleaning effect will not last long. If it smells fishy, there is still more of the contaminated biofilm to be removed.
- You may also see flecks of black mold that has been loosened and is floating around the machine. Some machines are really gross I have been told. Some actually have had the drain lines plug with thick black goo. This is way too much detergent and softener being use.
End of Super Shock treatment Phase1.
BTW: You can never get rid of all of the detergent film. It “flows out” onto the plumbing surface because of the wetting chemistry of the detergent .. almost like it is alive!.. That is why shock treatments fail so often...a very thin film of contaminated detergent is left behind.
Curses! Foiled Again!
Nerds: Google: Surface Tension, Wetting Angle, and “The Blob” - the B&W version with Steve McQueen not the new one...
Moral: use too much gooey stuff- and it will come after you.....
OK, with Phase One you have minimized the amount of detergent film on the plumbing by running a very effective shock treatment.
Phase Two is intended to disinfect the machine(the thin film of contaminated detergent left behind after Super Shock) and laundry that smells.
Add one capful/scoop (roughly) of TechnoFresh® directly into the tub before adding the laundry.
Do this for every load you wash for the next week or two until you feel confident the odor is really controlled.
During this time, rewash all of the clothes and other laundry that have been smelling.
Use a minimum of detergent and the hottest water the laundry can stand.
It will accelerate the effect of TechnoFresh® .
Cold water works but warmer/hotter water is faster.
Phase Three controls odor week-after-week with TechnoFresh®.
After the odor has been controlled and the laundry rewashed to reduce recontamination, you can move to the maintenance mode of using less than one capful in the loads when you use TechnoFresh®. You only need to use TechnoFresh® in a few loads every week. See “Wash Schedules” button for details.
Place the TechnoFresh® on top of the detergent in the dispenser as your use pattern and experience dictate. This will allow the TechnoFresh® to clean out the dispenser system.
No matter which detergent you use, the TechnoFresh® will mix with it and create a barrier to suppress the growth of the nasties.
From now on, only use one tablespoon of detergent or softener in any load. Or roughly enough to just cover the bottom of the measuring cap. No kidding...
Increase only if experience actually indicates you need more.
You will be surprised how little you need.
Do not believe the recommended amount on the machine dispenser !
Do not fill up to the first mark of the detergent measuring cap !
Remember: The build up of the material is the food source for the biofilm. Starve the nasties.
Over the years, there has never been any negative feedback regarding the regular use of TechnoFresh with standard septic systems.
Our customers are smart and vocal so we would have heard.
However, you can not use TechnoFresh with any waste system that has a “gray water discharge” of recycled water for irrigation. You must connect to a standard septic waste treatment system or the city sewer.
Also, the whole procedure from above can stress a septic system as would repeats of any of the commercially available shock treatments.
Those who think they have a marginally performing septic systems might consider adding Rid-X (or equivalent enzyme helper) to the system 7-10 days after the end of the "shock treatment" process. TechnoFresh and any other chemicals will have significantly flushed out of the digester tank by this time.
The stress to the septic digester is mainly from the large amount vinegar and salt that is used with multiple shocks-- not the Technofresh®.
While not endorsing the product, here is a link to Rid-x for information about septic systems
Remember: These machines concentrate the detergent/softener at the surface of the laundry fibers so very little is actually required. Always start with 1 tablespoonful and increase only if you actually see a need. If you have a small volume washer don’t reduce to less than a tablespoonful because you need a minimum amount of detergent for the stuff to work.
A real savings if you play it right ...
Hard or soft water does not have any effect on the performance of TechnoFresh®. They do have an effect on detergent and fabric softener performance as explained elsewhere.
These Shock/Flush directions seem to have worked for a lot of people over the years so they will probably work for you. However, there may be instances where the problem is so tough the machine must be disassembled and scrubbed to remove the build up. Thankfully this level seems to be very rare.( We have been in business since January 2008 and I haven’t heard of a tear down being required by a customer yet.)
Tip: Pick an article of clothing that gets consistently dirty like T-shirts or kid's socks. Try to use the smallest amount of detergent that will still get these clean. If these are clean, then the rest of the laundry is clean too. If not, increase the amount until the articles get clean. In the end, you will get an idea of how little you really need to use. Any reduction will help your problem. This experiment is pretty much required to find out how much your family needs to use in its machine. This is the maximum amount to use in the future to control the odor.
Tip: To help with the odor problem, you should try to stop using liquid softener (try vinegar - it works!). The softener sheets used in the dryer will tend to put a thin coating on the "dryness" sensor. It is a pair of metal strips inside the drum just under the door opening. Wipe these down with a little rubbing alcohol every month or two to keep the sensor contact with the damp laundry working correctly.