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Laundry – Part 2

Remember three weeks ago when I wrote about having to buy a new washer/dryer? They were delivered yesterday.

The delivery guys first had to drag the old units up the stairs, then they brought in the new dryer and washer... leaving me just enough time to mop the laundry room floor. Oh boy, did it ever need a good scrubbing. (Sorry, no photo.)

The delivery crew brought the new appliances into the house and carefully brought them down the staircase.

I think they may have done this once or twice before.

Ta Da. Isn't it sad how excited I get over a washer-dryer?

I spent quite a bit of time reading over the operation manuals. The machines are impressive. They actually "speak" to each other! Let's say you set the washing machine on a "delicates" cycle and the clothes are now ready for the dryer. When the dryer door is opened, it beeps and the screen lights up with a "receiving information from washer" message. The washer tells the dryer to dry these clothes on a low temperature setting because they are delicate. (Of course, you can set the dryer to any setting you please, but in most cases, the dryer will probably know best.) Isn't technology wonderful?

They are also super energy efficient and extremely quiet.

I am most excited about this cycle - Performance Fabrics... such as NIKE dri-fit. These new fabrics, made for athletes, are nearly impossible to clean. (This is why Tide has come out with a new detergent, Tide Sport, which is only Tide with Febreze to mask the stank.)

Don't waste your money.

After pushing more buttons, the "performance fabrics" cycle took nearly one hour, but the clothes were actually clean! Yeah!

The washer can sometimes be a little too specific. Cycles can be narrowed-down to actually garments. The washer has a super-sanitary cycle that uses steam - great for allergy sufferers, and the dryer has a setting that "steams" wrinkled clothes to make them fresh, crease-free and ready to wear... which is a good thing, because I haven't seen an iron around here for quite a while.

And then we have the "Stain Inspector". The categories are broad - work stains, office stains, household stains, outdoor stains and, um, "personal" stains.

Let's just say if you are in the nursery changing a poopie cloth diaper and accidentally stick yourself with the diaper pin and blood is squirting everywhere and your husband walks into the room (with a ballpoint pen leaking in his shirt pocket) and upchucks on his down jacket and a throw rug... well, there is a cycle for that.

This probably wouldn't be a good time to post a new recipe... so until my next update, I remain, your well-laundered correspondent.