The third rinse

Last weekend, a pair of my daughter’s leggings came out of the washing machine with noticeable holes on the thigh. We knew the culprit must be the wire which came out of some clothes last July, but I was in denial. So, this weekend, one garment came out all but shredded and several others had small holes in them.

This cannot continue – but I don’t really want to buy a new machine when this one is only about three years old. Equally, even under normal circumstances, I’m not keen on inviting a stranger into my home to fiddle about with fixtures and fittings.

The machine seems to be picking on T-shirt material rather than towelling, which got me thinking about alternative strategies for managing the situation. How about hand washing most clothes, which would probably benefit from a bit of kindness, while it is summer and therefore not so essential that the water has been so thoroughly spun out of them. Heavier items could still go in the machine and perhaps I could try delicates which may be better machine-washed inside a thick cotton bag.

I did a quick internet search to see if hand washing might be less damaging to the environment as well but didn’t find anything conclusive on the subject. I doubt very much I use as little at 53 litres of water (apparently what a modern machine uses), in any case. On the other hand, all the pots and other thirst parts of the garden have now had a watering, thanks to the third rinse.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to The third rinse

  1. Hand washing might help fight Covid too 🙂

  2. Handwashing should be gentler on clothes than a machine wash but takes more time. Maybe if you could pull the machine out you could unscrew the back and see if you can locate the wire which is probably stuck in one of the holes of the drum. If you can’t find it you could then get an engineer out when restrictions ease more.

  3. Lavinia Ross says:

    Hope you can find that wire! You might be able to use a bar or horseshoe magnet to attract the wire and coax it out of a hole.

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