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Does anyone hate their washing machine?

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napkin Mon 11-Mar-13 21:30:33

I have had enough of my washing machine! I find modern machines don't use enough water and have longer wash times what causes more friction and wears clothes out quicker. Does anyone else find this happening?

napkin Tue 12-Mar-13 21:26:51

Does anyone living in a hard water area use half the dose of detergent? I use powder tabs and use two tablets. Do you think that is too much to use?

e1y1 Tue 12-Mar-13 21:46:09

napkin I have the Bosch logixx 8 1400 express. Here. It's a good machine except the over zealous balance protection. smile

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 15:56:34

Thanks everyone for giving me some models to look at grin

drjohnsonscat Wed 13-Mar-13 17:08:08

bonsoir I use Sainsburys non-bio where I can (allergy issues) and always do a 40 degree wash. I did the same with my old one (Bosch) and didn't have this problem. I am often reduced to literally scraping off bits of dirt off my clothes with a fingernail which, once this item has been vigorously juddered about in soapy water for almost two hours, I find a bit odd!

If anyone has any tips then grateful to hear them. Funnily enough I try the odd much hotter wash and don't find it makes much of a difference.

ParsingFancy Wed 13-Mar-13 17:19:45

Mm, is that newly deposited dirt, drjohnsonscat?

When I haven't done a maintenance wash for a while, I get little bits of black gunk from the nether regions of the machine adhering to clothes.

They clear up a couple of washes after a maintenance wash, so I think the hot water dislodge the yuk it but it takes a while to make its way out.

Useful info: here, though I think the articles may be out of date wrt powders.

drjohnsonscat Wed 13-Mar-13 18:58:44

yes this is bits of food smeared by my children over things (usually) rather than anything from the machine itself. It's frustrating because it comes off perfectly easily - with a fingernail. Just not with a two hour wash cycle!

Bonsoir Wed 13-Mar-13 19:15:23

You should talk to the manufacturer - that is not normal!

VerySmallSqueak Wed 13-Mar-13 19:19:20

Our Bosch is good.
Some nice short wash cycles which we didn't have with the old Hotpoint.

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 20:54:24

I have problems with stains and so do a lot of friends so sounds normal to me!

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 20:57:20

I hear some good things about Bosch but i had a new one which shredded my clothes so put off by that make unfortunately. angry

1991all Wed 13-Mar-13 21:07:35

I hate mine
John Lewis washer/dryer
Wasn't cheap

Everything bobbles, really fades
Stains take a few washes, and tonnes of stain remover

Everything comes out creased
Drying takes forever
Recently fluff on everything

Also hate my dishwasher, it has adjustable slat things that I have to stand up every day, and always fall down

napkin Thu 14-Mar-13 14:32:24

I'm glad to hear i'm not the only one with a rubbish washing machine. Does anyone's washing machines seem to bobble clothes after just being washed the once from brand new? Heard lots of good things about John Lewis own brand too 1991all but seems like they are just as bad as well!

Mandy2003 Fri 15-Mar-13 21:50:02

8 year old Beko which takes 2.25 hours on its fastest 40 degree programme!

Bought it as a stop-gap and it just keeps going and going and going.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 01-Apr-13 15:44:41

I have a Hotpoint and actually it's grand, washes really well and I've two toddlers so it gets thoroughly tested.

Unfortunately it's just broken down for the second time in 7 years. Hotpoint's repair service is very good though.

napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 16:07:26

Yes the Hotpoint's was fantastic back then when they was made in England! My Mum still has her's that is 7 or 8 years old.

napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 16:07:35

Yes the Hotpoint's was fantastic back then when they was made in England! My Mum still has her's that is 7 or 8 years old.

bizzey Mon 01-Apr-13 16:36:50

Was going to open a thread about washing machines but saw this was still active...Hotpoint it ..the quick wash gets things really clean (sometimes needs extra spin after ) ....but softner bit will not un block ..I have taken drawer out ,cleaned it .stuck a knitting needle down it ...but softner still there after a wash ...on any cycle.

The pre wash bit that i don't use is always black ...though I do wipe it around ....was going to put it on the hottest cycle empty ...but what shall i put in the drawer...dont think I have any calgon ?.....Anything else I could use

I have bleach ,limescale stuff,bicarbonate soda and lots of Lenor that I have not been bothered to use


napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 20:24:34

You could try using the bicarbonate of soda that would do no harm. Was told by hotpoint even sticking it on a hot wash with no cleaning fluid will work to flush out all the old detergent.

bizzey Mon 01-Apr-13 22:37:15

Thanks napkin.. It is on now ...will up date in morning !

stewartlaura67 Tue 18-Jun-13 15:02:06

Laundry equipment can be a hit or miss sometimes! While I do not hate mine, I understand that when it leaks, marks clothes, and doesn't do an efficient time washing it can be another story. Household appliances can be such a headache-causer at times! I want to go back to the commercial laundry services I had in college!

dandydorset Tue 18-Jun-13 23:58:33

agree with the lack of water

i have an outside tap/hose near to my kitchen near the machine so i fill it up with water from there as well,really makes a difference and my whites are super white

i like to also see how dirty the water gets

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 19-Jun-13 09:14:39

I'm saving for a Miele 8kg washer, and a water softener so I need less detergent and my home will be free of limescale.

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