What setting do you use most on your washer?

@dragon54u (31657)
United States
October 23, 2009 10:54am CST
I always use "delicate". I used to use heavy, thinking it would take every speck of dirt out but my clothes would wear out pretty quickly. With the economy as it is, I need to hang onto everything as long as possible! I found that by using the delicate setting, my clothes and bedding get clean and they last a long, long time! In fact, clothing that I bought new two years ago is still like new now that I've been using the delicate setting. What about you? Do you agitate the heck out of your clothes or treat them to the delicate cycle? What works best in your household?
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
23 Oct 09
I use cold water and the 'wrinkle control' cycle. I have no idea what about it controls wrinkles but it's 10 minutes shorter than the regular cycle. I've never used the delicate cycle (along with most of the other features on this new washer) but maybe I'll give it a try and see if that cycle is shorter yet.
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@dragon54u (31657)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I've never heard of a wrinkle control cycle on a washer! My delicate cycle is the shortest my washer has and is very gentle, yet gets the water all through the clothing. I'm also going to buy a "clothes tree", one of those contraptions that folds out and you hang your damp clothes on it. It will save electricity by not using the dryer! Since I don't have a job, nobody cares if my clothes are wrinkled!
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
23 Oct 09
I use cold cold gentle cycle. Works well. On whites I of course use hot water. But the original setting works well at getting things clean.
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@dragon54u (31657)
• United States
23 Oct 09
I've stopped using hot or warm water entirely. I put a little bleach in with my whites in cold water and it gets them nice and bright! I'm too cheap to pay for the gas to heat hot water.
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• United States
24 Oct 09
Hubby's uniforms and jeans I usually do heavy. Otherwise I do medium setting. Either way I typically use a "super" water level as a family of 5 we have lots of wash. Plus I have a H.E. and I am still a lil unsure of the water settings being enough to do the job KWIM?
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@dragon54u (31657)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Try the delicate cycle on your kids' clothing. Really, the only thing a washer does is circulate water through fibers and it is aided by detergent that breaks up the tension and lets the water penetrate the clothing. Try that for a couple of loads. The delicate cycle is shorter, gentler and doesn't wear out your clothing as quickly. And only use half what the detergent says--after all, it's only there to break the tension of the water and allow it to flow through your clothing. 3 drops of dishwashing liquid will do the same thing! Yes, I've tried it. Once I've used up this current box of detergent, I'll be using my dish soap. I'll save the rest of my unopened laundry detergent for bartering when the government collapses.
• United States
9 Mar 10
*LMAO* you are too cute Dragon! I haven't tried the delicates cycle I suppose I could for things that are not soiled up as badly. I usually only use that for things that should be handwashed including crocheted objects. THough since my origional post I got a coupon for some free detergent and since it was up to $14 value I found the largest container I could. So now I use 3tsp of powdered detergent in it and it comes out just fine & smells great! I wonder how much smell I'd get if I used the actual scoop that came with it? Oh well I'll never know as that's the problem w/ HE washers you have to be supercareful w/ non-HE detergent because it doesn't use as much water you don't need something that gets as much sudz so therefore I use next to nothing. I'm sure dish soap would work in a pinch too! How's that working for ya?
@Hatley (164395)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Oct 09
hi dragon when I did my own wash I always used delicate as it did make my clothes last longer, and things seemed to be just as clean. here I am at the mercy of the care givers and I have a hunch that they do not use delicate at all. I have notice several of my tops seemed a little faded and I have never had that problem before.
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@dragon54u (31657)
• United States
24 Oct 09
That's too bad. Since you're on a fixed income you need to make your clothes last as long as possible. Maybe if you put a bug in their ear about the delicate cycle being much shorter so it uses less electricity? It might be worth a try.