I have a front loader washing machine and when I purchased it Omo washing powder was recommended as being the best option. Most other washing powders back then were for top loader machines, front loaders weren't all that common yet.
When I lost my job I discovered that Omo was too expensive and looked around for an alternative. I found Duo, and it was available in a front loader option. It was very cheap, very effective and didn't make my skin itch or my clothes smell funny. I'm a bit fussy about things like that.
I've used it ever since. When it is on special at any supermarket, I buy as many as I can afford and stash them in the back porch cupboard.
Just last week, I saw in The Reject Shop, boxes of Duo in a 2.5kg size for only $6. Woo-Hoo! I said and went to the city and bought some.
Today I used it in my machine.......
The powder is much finer than the regular supermarket boxes, almost like talcum powder, so I used less. When the wash was finished and hung out, I opened the soap powder dispenser drawer to wipe it out, as I do, and found this>>>>
I don't like this and I'm wondering if repeated use will clog up the machine, drains, filters, whatever.
I'll try the next wash with even less powder and if it all gets dispensed.....well, I still don't know.
Just because the dispenser drawer is empty, doesn't mean there isn't powder particles elsewhere in the drain hoses etc.
I bought three of these big boxes and I've thrown away the receipt, but as far as I know, The Reject Shop is the only place that sold these recently, so I'm taking back the two unopened ones.
I'll keep the opened box and use it up for handwashing or soaking.
I don't want to have to worry every time I do a load of washing.
The machine is too important to me, I've had it a long time and certainly can't afford to replace it.
2 hours ago