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5. Add detergent, bleach and fabric softener to automatic dispenser following these steps:
• Slowly open the dispenser drawer by first sliding the
safety latch to the right, then pulling the drawer out until
it stops.
• After adding laundry products, slowly close the dispenser
drawer. Closing the drawer too quickly could result in
early dispensing of the bleach and fabric softener.
• Dispenser drawer should be completely closed for powdered
detergent, bleach and fabric softener to despense.
• Laundry products used with powder or liquid detergent,
such color-safe bleach, water conditioner, detergent
booster, and enzyme products should be added to the
empty tub before loading.
Note: From time to time you may see water in the bleach and
fabric softener compartments. This is a result of the siphoning
action and is part of the normal operation of the washer.
• Add measured detergent to the detergent compartment
of the dispenser drawer.
• Detergent is flushed from the dispenser at the beginning
of the cycle. Either powdered or liquid detergent can be
used. Note: Liquid detergent will drain into the washer
drum as it is added.
• Low sudsing detergent is recommended for this washer.
Use the manufacturer's recommended amount.
• If low sudsing detergent is not available, a reduced
amount of regular detergent may be used. Because
reducing the amount of detergent may reduce cleaning, it
is important to pretreat stains, sort carefully by color and
soil level, and avoid overloading.
• Detergent usage may need to be adjusted for water
temperature,water hardness, size and soil level of the
• For best results, avoid oversudsing.
• If desired, measure out the recommended amount of
liquid chlorine bleach (not to exceed 1/3 cup (80 mL))
and pour it into the center compartment labeled
"Liquid Bleach" and marked with this symbol
• Do not exceed the maximum fill line. Overfilling can
cause early dispensing of the bleach which could result
in damaged clothes.
• Do not pour undiluted liquid chlorine bleach directly
onto the load or into the drum. Fabric damage can
• Do not use powdered bleach in the dispenser.
• If desired, pour the recommended amount of fabric
softener into the compartment labeled "Fabric Softener"
and marked with this symbol
• Dilute concentrated softeners with warm water to the
Fill Line.
• Do not exceed the maximum fill line. Overfilling can
cause early dispensing of the fabric softener which
could result in stained clothes.
• Do not pour fabric softener directly on the wash
• Use of a fabric softener dispensing ball is not
recommended in tumble action washers.

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