While washing machines have definitely changed our lives for the better, there are a few downsides to using the washing machine. Just like any other house appliance which caters to our needs for speed, efficiency and precision, washing machines, of course, adds a lot of benefits to our household and chore management.
However, as I have mentioned, there have to be a few good cons to this amazing invention and, if you are contemplating whether to buy one, you should know about the advantages (which are pretty obvious) and the disadvantages as well. Only after that, you should be able to make a well-informed decision.
For this article, I am going to put aside all of the advantages of owning a washing machine and focus only on its limitations of it. So, read along to find out more.
Limitations of Using a Washing Machine
1. Traditional Over Modern
No matter how super fast and efficient our smart and shiny gizmos and gadgets might be, nothing can quite come close to the traditional ways of getting things done. Washing clothes can be an example of this. You can wash your clothes in them, however, those of you who have regularly hand-washed clothes know, that machines can exactly get into those nooks and crannies and tiny folds.
There are always different kinds of washing machines available that come in different sizes; however, if you have one that has much-limited capacity then doing your entire family’s laundry in it can prove to be a challenge.
3. Electricity and Water
Everyone has their own set of priorities and if you are someone who prioritizes efficiency and completing tasks in comparatively less time, then buying and using a washing machine will be the best fit for you.
However, if your priorities are being able to stay within a budget, using a fixed, monitored amount of water and saving electricity bills, then using a washing machine would not be such a great suit for your lifestyle.
You see because washing machines drain a whole lot of electrical energy and it can be hard to always maintain a standard level of consumption. Today, there are many companies that manufacture energy-efficient and eco-friendly washing machines. However, at the end of the day, they are electrical appliances (heavily used at that) and they will use up a considerable amount of energy. This will also cause your electricity bills to skyrocket.
The same can be said about the need for water. Washing clothes in the machine does require more amounts of water, than when you are hand washing clothes.
If you need to run long wash cycles, you will use up a lot more electricity and water; which could be bad for the environment and, your wallet.
4. The Right Detergent
You cannot always use the same detergent that you use for washing clothes with your hands when you are washing clothes in the machine. Most washing machines require a specific kind of detergent or a specific brand of detergent.
In addition, there are certain detergents and soaps to which your clothes will react adversely to. This is especially true for more delicate fabrics.
5. Fabric Damage
Clothes get tumbled together and the constant friction and agitation amongst the clothes can cause the fibers in them to tear and break. This in turn will cause your fabric to get damaged gradually over time.
Now, if you want to make sure that your clothes last forever, then I suggest that it is best you hand wash as many clothes as you can and, for as long as you can.
To add to this point, regular washing in the machine can cause the fabric to start losing color and fade gradually.
6. Dryers can Damage
The high temperature in the dryers can cause clothes to get damaged. Moreover, setting your clothes in the wrong manner in the dryer may cause them to either shrink or stretch; ruining their shape.
Tips for Using the Washing Machine
Now that I have discussed all of the disadvantages of washing clothes in the machine, here are some useful tips which you can use, to avoid most of these problems.
Essentially, the main thing you need to remember is to:
- Use the correct detergent
- Use (the right amount) of fabric softener
- Choose an appropriate length of the wash cycle
- Fix the correct settings
- Pre-treat your clothes
- Post-treat your clothes
- Read the product label on your clothes
- Read the instructions which came with the washing machine
Any item that you use will always have both good and bad sides to it. The important thing is that we are well aware of all the disadvantages and know how to overcome them.
I hope my article was able to guide you into taking a smart and well-informed decision on buying and using a washing machine.
Best of luck!
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