Several months ago, our 15-year old washing machine died. Kaput.
This washer was a workhorse, supporting us through the early years with our son. The stinky blow-outs. The food splatters. It kept his itsy bitsy footie pajamas clean, and our clothes from smelling like spit up, if only for a few minutes.
However, replacing it has been life changing.
Okay, maybe not life changing but buying a newer model with the latest technology has helped in an unexpected way.
Both my husband and I work outside the house, which means we squeeze laundry in when we can. We’ve been cautioned that it’s not smart to run your dryer when you aren’t home, so this limits our time cleaning our clothes, towels and sheets.
Now we can use this new, unexpected feature that saves us hours of work:
The washing machine timer
We can now program the laundry to start washing whenever we want. At first I didn’t understand why you would need this function, but then the light bulb went on. I got it.
Here are two ways that we take advantage of the washing machine timer:
1. We set the timer so that our laundry starts washing at 4:30 a.m. The load is done by the time we wake up, and we can set our clothes to dry as we get ready.
2. We set the timer so our laundry starts an hour before we come home from work. Same concept. We can then throw the clothes in the dryer when we get home, and they will be done by dinner. This gives us more time if we need to run another load or two.
Thank goodness for the technology that is helping busy parents everywhere. Now we need to find more time in the day to fold all these clothes!