Thursday, 9 February 2017

Trying harder



I am going to make more effort to try and cut the everyday living costs right down.

I don't really like the washing machine which we use at the moment - it's not ours it came with the property. The hot washes go on for way to long and even the normal 40 degree wash can go on for just about an hour.

Our clothes don't really get that dirty or heavily stained so there is just no need to put everything on a really long wash.






I will wash bedding, undergarments, towels, cleaning cloths,and my aprons on the hotter longer washes, but for general clothing it will get washed on the quick 30 degree wash which is only 17 minutes. If any of the general clothing is stained or has any odours it can be soaked overnight in buckets.


£2.00 well spent



 The water gets saved for flushing the toilet as well.

I have always bought the well know non bio laundry detergent as we are sensitive souls in this house, but after reading about a cheaper product on another blog a month or so ago I bought these Esscents non bio laundry gels from  Poundland. Tesco also does a similar product for just a £1 also.





I have tested these and used the 17 minute wash and I have to say the clothes are just as clean and fresh as they would be on the longer wash.


So some good savings on detergent, water and electricity.

27 comments:

  1. We do most of our loads at 30 without problems, most of our clothed are not dirty they just want freshening.

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  2. I use the 30 wash for most things. The dog bedding always gets a nice hot wash, but I think it's good for the machine to have a hot go through every so often xx

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    1. Yes I think the machine does need it once in a while xx

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  3. Some good savings there Marlene. It's something I should really look at, as my washing machine gets used more often than I would like. X

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    1. Yes do, I remember back in the day mine was on nearly everyday, but it's just money down the drain xx

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  4. I try to use my machine as economically as I can too Marlene.
    A boil wash takes a shocking two and a half hours so the tea towels and dishcloths get the boil wash every couple of weeks with a shorter sixty degree wash in between. Now I'm wondering if I soak them in a bucket with some Whizz oxy clean if I could get away with not boiling them at all-x-

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    1. Two and a half hours is extremely long, I have soaked teatowels in hot water with some of the cleaner you mentioned before and it works just as well, xx

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  5. My shortest "quick wash" cycle still takes about 30 mins! It washes on 30 degrees - it's so slow. I put most things in this cycle. For hubby's dirty work clothes there's a 60 degrees cycle that takes over an hour. Perhaps I should've done some investigating prior to purchasing the machine. Never mind - I'm unlucky with washers, most of them have broken down after about 18 months.

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    1. I suppose 30 mins is better than a hour, I used to love my hotpoint, it had a good selection on there.

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  6. I try to wash as much as possible on 30 degrees, and everything always looks fine.

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    1. It does, I think it's different if you have small children getting mucky all the time.

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  7. First of all, thank you for adding my blog to your list on the right! I really must find out how I might add the blogs I read to my blog, it's a very steep learning curve for me, even after 6 months of blogging!
    Washing machines and dishwashers seem to go on forever (their cycles, I mean!) even when it says "short cycle" of some kind. Most washing, unless one is a manual labourer, digging the roads or doing a lot of physical work, needs little washing, just freshening up. I tend to use a hot wash at 60C only for towels, bedding and pants/knickers, the rest has a Fast Wash, which is about 25 minutes. Sometimes, although not often, I will put the towels and bedding through a very hot wash, 90C, but this takes two or three weeks, or so it seems!
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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    1. You are doing great on the blogging front Margaret, it this techno stuff takes a while to work out for sure. Yes I find it annoying waiting for the long wash to finish, but it has to be done once in a while.

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  8. Soap Box Alert ~ no pun intended!
    I get cross that we can only get cold fill washing machines in the UK. I have a tank full of hot water, heated by more energy efficient gas but have to pay to heat water from cold with electricity! It’s a real bug bear for me!
    I miss my big American machine. It was so simple to use. Three fill levels, three heat settings, three time settings and two agitation levels. Pick and mix for the perfect blend for your laundry without any of those countless programme selections! It was also a top loader, which I loved!

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    1. I hear what you are saying there Deborah, very annoying indeed, I have always fancied a top loader American machine, I also would really love one of those big American style fridge freezers.

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    2. I was advised against buying an American fridge freezer in the UK. I recently had to replace my fridge freezer and during my research was told that the American ones are very prone to breakdowns and if you get five years out of one you are lucky. I must admit, when I lived in the US, I loved my big fridge freezer!

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    3. Thanks for sharing your advice Deborah, when the time comes to buy one when we move again I shall cross that off the list and go for a more sensible practical and efficient one.

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  9. We only use a 50 minute wash.Everything comes out clean.Anything tough like a bit of blood,grass stain,wine etc a bit of Vanish in the drum works wonders.

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  10. I will give the detergent a try, out clothes and such are never really dirty they just need freshening up. So different when the children are here.

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    1. Yes it is different when you are washing for little ones. As you say it just needs freshening up.

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  11. When oh when are 'they' going to invent a washing machine that saves the rinse water for the next wash load......come one whitegoods people!

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    1. Yes I am surprised nothing like that has been invented yet.

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  12. I'm still using eco balls for washing rather than detergent as we all have very sensitive skin and are sensitive to the smells from washing detergent too. I find that they work fine for most things and I always wash on 30C unless it is something which needs bleaching. I haven't bought washing detergent for 5 years and think I have enough of the pellets for the washing balls to last me a lifetime as I bought up the clearance stock when Lakeland was discontinuing them. I think it has saved me hundreds over the years ! The washing machine is my Mum's old one a Miele which is nearly 15 years old and has only been repaired once. I think that shows that it is worth buying quality !

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    1. I will be looking into that, thanks for sharing.

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  13. We wash in cold water here and line dry in the sun because that works in our sub-tropical climate. Recently, I've started using the 30 minute fast wash option on my machine for clothing that isn't overly dirty. Much shorter than the cotton quick option. The clothes come out just fine, just as clean and smelling of sunshine once they're brought in off the line. Meg:)

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    1. Great job, you can beat the freshness of line dried washing.

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