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Top tip #245 - Washing a full load

Top tip #245 - Washing a full load

August 13, 2018

Just thought I'd share this awesome laundry hack that's revolutionised my life with the hope that it might make a difference to yours.

My washing machine recently broke down, and my goodness was that a horrific three weeks!! I had no idea how tightly bound my life was to my washing machine, but not having a working one was a real issue for me. Not least because I have two boys who get messy just looking at mud, but I just can't bear to walk past a towering pile of dirty laundry.

Luckily, I have on speed dial (from when my dishwasher broke, another terrible time in my life) an excellent repair guy. Because he's so good he's busy, so it took a couple of days before he could get to me. Half of me was hoping he'd say my machine was a goner so I could rush out and buy a new one...not that we could afford it but I was DESPERATE to wash. Luckily for the bank balance, the machine was fixable, but would need a part from Australia. 

It turned out I'd been under-loading my machine and that is what had broken it. My repair guy said that under-loading means it doesn't wash properly, and for a front loader, it wobbles too much on the spin and had bashed itself to smithereens. He also gave me a little lecture about over-use of detergent but we'll save that one for another day.

Finally the new part arrived and my life was saved! So, after checking the capacity on my machine (8kgs of DRY washing), I tried my first wash. I filled the drum with more clothes than I would normally, and I washed it for longer (I'm lucky enough to have a time manager machine). And would you believe it, my clothes came out clean and stain free. Yippee.

So, now I always wash a full load. Of course it takes longer to hang out than the smaller loads used to, but at least I'm not doing washing EVERY day any more. And from an environmental point of view, I use the same amount of water and electricity but spread over more clothes.

Definitely a top tip worth trying. Let me know if this top tip laundry hack works for you.



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