4 · SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018 TRIB TOTAL MEDIA
A few weeks ago, I shared
my experiences with my highefficiency,
This washer never truly got
our laundry clean. It used only
seven gallons of water per
load, but laundry often came
out of the machine almost as
dirty as it went in.
Our towels developed a
musty smell that wouldn’t
come out, no matter how
many times I washed them.
Blankets covered with our
dog’s muddy paw prints
came out of the machine still
adorned with evidence of
his romp through the yard.
“Clean” children’s shirts had
food stains and juice spills still
visible in the fabric.
I began resorting to prewashing
clothes in the laundry
tub or running the same load
through multiple times.
I recently replaced this poorperforming
machine with a
top-load washer. The new
washer uses about 26 gallons
of water per load, but for the
first time in years, our laundry
is wonderfully clean again.
I believe that this increase in
water usage is an acceptable
trade-off—after all, the entire
purpose of using a washing
machine is to get clothes
After devoting a column to
this topic, I received quite a
bit of feedback from readers.
Here’s a sampling:
I recently purchased a new
washer to the tune of $1,700.
I’ve tried everything, and it
doesn’t get the clothes clean.
I pull them out and you
can actually see the dirt
line where the water was. I
sprayed stains with a pretreater,
and you could still
see the soap circle where I
sprayed it. It leaves white
streaks on my dress slacks
or dark clothes, and it takes
I went to a used appliance
place and picked up a $150
older washer with an agitator
that fills with water. The load
is done in 25 minutes, all
— Kathy V.
Twenty-six gallons versus
seven? You have no concept
of water usage. I lived for 75
years in the country and had
a well go dry. The price of water
is not the problem. More
people using more water is
a problem. Saving money
is great, but saving water is
necessary to save lives!
— Jan C.
While I always try to be
I firmly believe that it isn’t
possible to effectively wash a
large load of laundry with the
seven gallons our old washer
used. Our new washing machine
was backordered for five
weeks, and during that time, I
did all of our family’s laundry
by hand in our laundry tub.
Seven gallons of water was
barely enough water to wet
the clothes in our 22-gallon
laundry tub, let alone get
them clean. When I filled
our laundry tub close to its
capacity, I saw firsthand how
truly dirty our laundry was.
Scrubbing the clothes with a
washboard drove so much dirt
out into the wash water that I
began wondering just what, if
anything, our old machine had
really been doing. Hand-washing
the laundry uses almost
as much water per load as our
new washer does.
I also believe we’re saving
energy with the new machine,
as this washer completes a
load in about 35 minutes. Our
front-load washer took close
to two hours to run one wash
cycle, and I often had to repeat
the cycle multiple times on the
same load to get the clothes
When I ran my seven-gallon
washer three times on the same
load, I was using far more
electricity, spending about six
hours per load—and a total of
21 gallons of water.
Ultimately, everyone must
decide what his or her priorities
are when purchasing any
appliance, but I simply wanted
a washing machine that does
its intended job.
While researching this
purchase, I also learned that
the average life expectancy for
a new high-efficiency washer is
about six years. The manufacturer
of our new washer advertises
its lifespan at 25 years. It
may use more water, but it will
also likely not be headed to a
landfill anytime soon.
Jill Cataldo, a coupon
workshop instructor, writer
and mother of three, never
passes up a good deal. Learn
more about Super Couponing
at her website, jillcataldo.com.
Email your own couponing
victories and questions to
Trade-offs with new washing machine
Jill Cataldo saves
by making the most of
the common coupon.
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