Caring for Your Washing Machine

 

People lead very hectic lives these days. That, despite the fact that technology is constantly evolving, supposedly with the aim of making lives easier. However, we can’t deny the fact that technology has also paved the way for modern conveniences that make household chores a breeze. One prime example of these is the washing machine.

Now, gone are the days when you had to use your hands (kept safe by gloves) to wash and wring your clothes. You simply load your soiled clothes in your washing machine, fill it with water, add laundry detergent, and set the time for a full cycle. With some washing machines, you don’t even have to fill them with water. Just pour in some detergent in the receptacle, set the time, choose the cycle, and that’s it; water would automatically pour to fill the tub, stop once it reaches the right level for the load, and the washing cycle begins.

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keep ’em squeaky clean

As convenient as it is, though, a washing machine is not built for eternity. It’s bound to succumb to ultimate wear and tear. Nevertheless, you can prolong its life if you take care of it properly. How can you do that?

  1. Avoid overloading the washing machine. Why is that? When you overload your washer, you’re bound to ruin its rhythm and put it out of balance. It will never work the same again once this happens, which means you won’t ever be able to wash your clothes properly.

    Even if you have a mountain of dirty clothes to wash, never attempt to stuff these in the washer all at the same time. Instead, divide your clothes into several batches. Separate whites from colored. Wash soft garments and delicates separately other heavier clothing. Make a separate batch for pants. Dividing your clothes into batches is a good way to ensure your washing machine stays in tip-top form. Besides, overloading your washer is the fastest way to ruin your clothes, and you don’t want that to happen.

  1. Remember: More is not always better especially when it comes to laundry detergent and/or fabric conditioner. While these are made for use with washing machines, these still contain corrosive components that might eventually ruin your washer.

    Avoid spilling these chemicals in the tub. Moreover, make sure to clean the tub thoroughly after using the washing machine to remove laundry detergent and fabric conditioner residues. You can do this by spinning water in the tub and draining it afterwards. Perform this step twice, one after the other.

  1. The knobs and other control buttons on the washing machine are fragile. Be more careful when turning knobs or pressing buttons, especially the one for the timer since that is often the most expensive part. The last thing you want is to break the plastic knobs and dials off.

  1. Drain the machine of excess water. In addition, don’t leave water in it for too long to avoid leaving a musty smell in the tub. You may leave the lid of the washer open to allow it to dry. Otherwise, wipe the insides of the tub with a soft dry cloth to rid it of excess water.

  1. When you have been using the washing machine for a long time, you might start to notice that water pressure is not as strong as it was when you first started using it. That may be because the filter needs cleaning already. So make sure to clean all the parts of the machine especially the filter. The filter is usually located where the water hose is inserted. Try peering into the hole and you’ll find the filter there. You can remove it using a pair of tweezers. Rinse it with water until it’s free from dirt and place it back before inserting the water hose back.

The most important thing to remember is to use the washing machine properly, and by properly, we mean gently. It might make washing clothes more convenient and easier, but it’s not a workhorse. Even if you clean it thoroughly after every use, no amount of cleaning would do if you don’t know how to use the washer properly. It may be an inanimate object but it needs TLC, too.

 

Why Choose a Bidet over Toilet Paper?

 

Bidets are widely used in Europe and a few other countries. Nevertheless, it’s something that many, if not all, Americans aren’t too familiar with. A bidet is an oval basin that looks like a smaller and lower version of a toilet bowl except that it doesn’t have a tank and is used for an entirely different purpose. Bidets are used to clean the genital and anal area, well, after you’ve done number 1 and number 2.

There are other variations of the bidet. One is called the bidet seat. This looks like a toilet seat and has a bidet attached to it. You need just replace your existing toilet seat with this one so you can start using it. It’s more economical that way, since you don’t need to have a separate bidet installed in your bathroom. Another variation is the handheld bidet sprayer that you simply need to attach on the wall next to your toilet or to the tank itself. However, whichever type or variation of the bidet you choose, the purpose served remains the same.

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image via http://www.mein-badplaner.de

Why did we say earlier that American’s aren’t too familiar with bidets? Well, let’s just say they rely more on toilet papers. So much so that they actually use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper a year. That translates to 15 million trees being pulped every year, and the figures are according to Scientific American, a popular American science magazine known for presenting scientific information to the public. Nevertheless, you don’t need a science magazine to tell you that 15 million is A LOT of trees! Hence, it’s easy to understand why many people consider using bidets as the better option. Trees need to be saved!

Of course, some may reason that THERE ARE toilet papers made of recycled fibers. The fact is if every household in the United States used just one roll of toilet paper made with 100% recycled fibers instead of using a roll of virgin fiber toilet paper, they are helping to save 423,900 trees! So why is there a need for bidets when there’s an alternative option?

Well, there are many reasons why a bidet is better than using toilet paper. For one, washing down there is a more effective and hygienic way of cleaning yourself than using dry paper. Besides, dry paper can be rough and abrasive. The last thing you want is to cause abrasions in the most sensitive parts of your body.

A second reason is a bidet offers a new level of comfort. Think about it. As opposed to using toilet paper, water is a more soothing way to clean yourself up. Many people are sensitive in that region, so bidets would work well for them.

The third reason is a bidet, particularly the basin type that’s separate from the toilet bowl, operates hands-free. Therefore, there is less chance of you getting germs on your hands. You simply sit on it, keep your hands on your lap, and let the bidet work beneath you.

Fourth, a bidet is perfect for people with certain medical conditions. Persons with disabilities who are having a hard time wiping themselves down there would find bidets more practical to use.

Fifth, bidets are a godsend for new mothers and women in general. If you’re a woman, then you know just how unsettling it feels down there on those red days. Washing your nether regions with water helps you feel fresher and cleaner than if you use toilet paper. In addition, women who have just given birth might find bidets more soothing and relaxing to use especially since childbirth makes women very sensitive down there. Finally, bidets are perfect for seasoned citizens who may find it increasingly difficult to use the restroom.

Obviously, there are many reasons why a bidet makes for a practical choice. Not only is it the more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly choice but it is also more hygienic.