You wouldn't believe the crud I have found in here. Lot's of Aqauphor and skin build in the pump filter. **Make sure you have a dish to collect water, I use a cookie sheet to catch any liquid as you unscrew ***
As much as the machine was having problems because of Aquaphor and skin residue, I should have done a better job taking care of the machine, never mind the fact that it was one of my tips!!!!! Shaking his clothes out alone would have helped significantly (you wouldnt believe the amount of skin that comes off from shaking and I definitely had my lazy moments!) Running empty hot cycles would have been ideal after Evan's loads and cleaning the machine weekly would have prolonged its life.
We just had it serviced again and we were told we needed a new pump. I knew that the pump was just clogged not broken so I refused for pay hundreds for it to be fixed, most likely temporarily. I knew if I could clean out the machine really good, I could save it. After watching never ending youtube videos about taking front loaders apart, I knew I would not dare make that step. But I did get it working again after days and days of soaking in Washer Magic and then running empty Hot cycles with cleaners including bleach, vinegar, Tide, Borax, Krud Kutter, Spray-n-Wash, and baking soda (NOT all at the same time!). But still, every time I tried to wash Evan's clothes it would not finish its cycle. A new washer for Evan was the consensus on this predicament; a top loader this time. With hopes to save the Kenmore for our clothing is the goal and so far a successful one!
The new setup!
Just need to figure out the pluming connections so both machines are hooked up!
Some of the cleaners used..
-Shake out clothing excessively! You can get some good exercise doing this!
-Soak heavily soiled Aquaphor clothing in HOT (dish soapy) water before washing in machine.
-Run empty HOT cycles on your machine after Aquaphor loads
-Clean out your machine weekly or biweekly (with a machine cleaner or even on the machine's cleaning cycle. BTW just saw the button on my Kenmore that it had a "clean machine cycle"- imagine that!)
-Try cleaning the machine with dish soap. (have yet to put this in a machine cycle but it is necessary for top loaders since residue also accumulates inside of the drum, imagine what you can't see!)
-Buy an extended warranty. Our new machine for Evan came with a 10yr motor warranty and optional 5 yr service plan. The plan cost the same as one service visit and it isn't a bad idea to have someone come out yearly to do that. FYI- they sometimes use a shop-vac to suck out things from the hoses or rubber drain area in front loaders and it seemed to help significantly!)
-Check Craig's list for a cheap or affordable machine. Author's of Confetti Skin, Beauty Within wrote a post about laundry issues and they advised others to check Craig's list for a machine that you know is going to bite the dust once Aqauphor and skin take over!)
Washing your clothing is as important as washing out your machine. You can't have clean clothes if you don't have a clean machine. Since there are many extra expenses that are associated with Ichthyosis it is important to have a washer last as long as possible as it is an absolute necessity. Yes, unfortunately you use a lot more water and some non earth-friendly cleaners but it is essential for keeping you and your child healthy. Any other tips, feel free to share.