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.