Modern washing machines
My last 3 machines have all been rubbish. I know everyone is obsessed with saving the environment but these modern washing machines are not helping. They use so little water, it’s almost like dry-cleaning. I’ve had clothes in the middle of the load not even get wet and they aren’t rinsed properly. They just dampen the clothes and toss them about in powder. The temperature guide isn’t real. They often don’t reach those temperatures, and the manufacturers are allowed to get away with this by saying it cleans ‘as well as’ whatever temperature you’ve set it to. Eg a 40C wash might only reach 33C, and even that is only held for a few minutes. To make up for this lack of water and heat, the machines take forever. An equivalent 40min wash years ago now takes 2-3hrs. They are also much more aggressive, constantly thumping clothes around for hours. I noticed things coming out with loose threads and holes. To start with I assumed it’s just because the clothes are quite old but it even shreds brand new things. Since Christmas, mine has destroyed a £60 jumper, a £180 pair of ski pants, a dressing gown which was a gift and two t-shirts. All the cycles are aggressive apart from the ‘wool’ wash, which is the total opposite and barely moves at all, leaving clothes still dry and dirty.
I know many people pour extra water in but that’s a faff so instead I run a rinse first (to try and get more of the clothes wet) and then the actual wash, then another rinse. Sometimes it takes two extra rinses. I also have started washing at 60 instead of 40 in the hope that it might actually reach 40.
The cost of all these extra cycles and replacing destroyed clothes, along with the environmental burden of manufacturing those clothes, means these new machines are completely false economy. It might tick a box on some EU environmental guidelines but it’s not helping the planet at all. It’s no wonder allergies are on the rise too, with people running around in clothes still laden with detergent from poor rinsing. My advice would be to try and find a good, reconditioned machine from pre-2010. Even older would be better. I miss seeing the washing machine fill with water, heat up, and clean clothes properly.
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