New 12-Minute Laundry Cycles; For Real?


You probably still hear stories from your grandmothers about their day-to-day lives being taken up by going to the river to wash all their clothes, sitting there scrubbing from morning to night.  And you’re probably so glad you never had to live during those times.  But think about how much further we could go?  Imagine your grandchildren feeling sorry for you that your washing machine was pretty much working all day and it took the better part of an afternoon for your clothes to clean?  

Save Time, Energy and Water

It seems that this is happening even sooner than we anticipated.  Highly reputable manufacturer Russell Hobbs has just developed a machine which boasts it can clean laundry in as little as 12 minutes and a ton less water than standard 90 minute cycles.  As well, a staggering 212,415 gallons of water will be saved over a lifetime!  That is enough to fill nearly 17 swimming pools!


How Does Russell Hobbs Do It?


So the question being asked is, how on earth is this manufacturer doing it?  Well, apparently there are now two jet nozzles which are being used to spray water and detergent.  Our machines have always traditionally used only one.  But don’t expect to get off lightly when you make the purchase, the cheapest one being £247, but think how much money you will get to save long-term, as well as time?


Any Disadvantages?


Well, everything comes with a side issue.  Sometimes the 12-minute cycle won’t quite get all your stains out if they are really strong.  Ultimately a good “old-fashioned soak” is what will really get rid of mega-stains.  But this is just the first model and who knows how many improvements will be made in the future?  It’s probably worth holding off for a while and waiting to see what Russell Hobbs’ competitors come up with in the near future.  You’ve waited this long and spent enough time on your laundry; what’s another few months with the thought of mega-time, water and money being saved in the future?

Reach Out to Your Appliances and Take Care of Them:Part 2

Problems can  arise from the use of too much detergent in your washing machine. Clothes can become stiff and the life of your machine can be shortened. Excess soap can also cause mildew and mold to build up.

Too much soap is also a problem for dishwashers. Check the label  and remember that there is no need to fill up the soap container in the dishwasher.

To get the most of your dishwasher there is a recommended way to load in the dirty dishes. You might not agree with these recommendations, but if Consumer Reports says so, its good enough for me.

•    Large items should be placed where they will not block water and detergent from reaching all the dishes. Try the back and the sides of the machine for better results.

•    Try and figure out which side of your dishes are dirtier, and point that side towards the center, the source of the water spray.

•    The silverware should be placed in the slots designed for them, mixing the spoons, forks and knives so that they don’t nest and stick together, making them more difficult to clean.

You can love your dryer more, also, according to the experts. First of all, go easy on those cute little dryer towels which are used to reduce static and create softer results. Only use one at a time. Adding several can cause then to gum up the dryer, since they liquefy when hot. You can get a real ‘tar and feather’ effect which can damage your dryer.

Removing the lint from the filter after each run is crucial, but you should also be getting the lint out of the machine that makes its way under the lint filter. You can pick up a tool in a hardware store for just such a function. A truly radical suggestion which will definitely increase the life of your dryer is to not use it. The sun is perfectly capable of drying your clothes, and needs just about no maintenance at all. Your dryer will thank you for the vacation.