My Washing Machine is Smarter Than Me.

Posted 10-4-2011 at 09:06 AM by mommygreenex2

Our washing machine died. It was a cheap top loader, but it got the job done, especially with our CDs. I had never explained the ins and outs of washing cloth to my dear husband, so when our washer died and we were on our way to the store to shop around for a new one, we each had totally separate hopes and dreams of our new washer dancing in our heads. He wanted the top of the line, front loader, high efficiency, with a million bells and whistles washing machine. Me, the laundry do-er of the family, had a different machine in mind. I had read all the reviews online about how the front loading, high efficiency washers were no good for cloth diapers. My mother-in-law actually has a top of the line front loader and every time my sister-in-law, who is also a CD’ing mama, is in town visiting, she curses her mother’s washer because it just doesn’t get her daughter’s diapers clean. So I knew that one of those puppies was a definite no-no, but I failed to mention this to hubby.

We walk in and he heads straight for these monstrous machines and I sigh. “Oops, he thinks we are getting a fancy machine.” I walk over and as I’m explaining that we can’t get a front loader I see his excitement quickly diminish from his face. Side note, don’t know why he was so excited to pick out a washing machine that he wants, HE NEVER DOES THE LAUNDRY!

So we make our way to the old fashioned top loading, water-wasting machines. I’m now getting excited! I knew I wanted a fairly large machine, being a family of 5 including a baby in cloth diapers. I knew I wanted one that wouldn’t rust; our old machine left rust stains on my pearly white GMDs:( And I knew for sure I wanted a top loading machine, one that let me choose the water level.
I didn’t want the bottom of line, but I didn’t want the top of the line of this type of washer either. I found one that promised not to rust, had the largest capacity size, and was a fair price. Maytag, a reliable brand that has been around for years. Sold.

I had to wait a few days before my new machine was delivered. I jumped for joy when I saw the truck pull up in the drive (mainly because everyone was running out of clean underwear and baby had been in sposies for a couple weeks…blech!) The nice men remove my old washer and replace with a new, white, shiny one. He says to let it run one cycle with nothing in it. I did as he suggested. Then I go and grab a load of laundry and dump it in the washer. Then I select the water temp and cycle I want and as I’m about to select the load size, i.e. water level, I gasp as I read the the fine-lettered print to the side of the cycle knob, “Ecoconserve. Automatic Water Level.” Noooooooooooooooooo! How did I miss this very important detail! I’m crushed. We might as well had bought the stupid front loader hubby wanted!!!!

I tell darling husband about my horrible oversight that night. Not returning it, just have to deal with it. It does have an option for an extra rinse cycle, so that helps. So far we haven’t had any issues with stinky/unclean diapers. BUT, last night I decided I wanted to do an overnight soak and wouldn’t you know, there’s no cycle option for that. So I thought I’d be smart and just let the machine fill up with water and then I’ll leave the lid open and let it stand overnight. NOT, the lid automatically locks after you start the cycle! But wait, there’s a pause button and that unlocks the lid, SCORE! I add a few large pots of water to the soak; feeling pretty good that I’m outsmarting my water-smart machine. I go hop in bed and pick up my book and start reading and I hear water draining. The darn machine is smarter than me! I guess after awhile after being “paused” the cycle just cancels and the water is drained.
Defeated by a washing machine. Sigh.

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19 Responses to “My Washing Machine is Smarter Than Me.”

  1. Michelle_M on October 4th, 2011 10:05 am

    Oh no!!! So sorry for your poopy washer!!! Can you return it at this point? :hugs:
    God bless!

  2. Tux on October 4th, 2011 10:06 am

    My maytag has a setting fpr sheets, and one for bulky. Both fill the washer up all the way no matyer how much is in it. Hopefully yours has at least one of those settings.

  3. jhays84 on October 4th, 2011 10:57 am

    My mother in law has a washer like this. it weights the clothes and judges how much water goes in it. once it adds the water she opens the lid and it resets the weight. it will recognize that it weights more and needs to add more water to adjust the weight per water level. hope this helps.

  4. trulyprecious on October 4th, 2011 12:04 pm

    These are good things to know. We currently have an old top loader that works great on our CDs but in a few years I am sure it will need to be replaced so I will keep your experience in mind when shopping for a another top loading washer.

  5. petree5 on October 4th, 2011 2:28 pm

    I have a top loading Maytag HE washer and I also use the sheet setting in order to increase the water level. Never had a problem getting my cd’s clean. I first use a cold rinse/spin cycle, then wash on the sheet setting on heavy with hot water and select the extra rinse setting. Hopefully your new one has some of these options :-)

  6. Resellmybelle on October 4th, 2011 2:45 pm

    I have a front loader, an LG true steam and I love it for cd laundry. Wondering why you were against a front loader or if it had nothing to do with cds. I do a rinse first, then I go back and select the wash setting. I set a hot wash and I can select up to 3 rinses after. The rinses can be set when I am settng that wash cycle, I usually only pick 2 rinses after the hot wash. So, I only have to go to the machine twice for the whole load start to finish, which pleases me. :-)

    Sorry you are having trouble with the new washer. Hope you can find your workaround soon.

  7. Resellmybelle on October 4th, 2011 2:54 pm

    I wanted to add, my diapers come out really clean in my front loader. I do not understand the front loading reviews that say they don’t clean well. Maybe your sis in law could find the manual for the washer and look for the right cycles to get the cd’s cleaner when she is visiting.

    I had a fridgidaire gallery front loader before this lg and it totally cleaned the cd’s too and it lasted forever. I don’t miss the old washer, this one is wonderful.

    Maybe I should be writting some reviews for front loaders….


  8. loving my family on October 4th, 2011 3:19 pm

    Could you unplug it & the water not drain?

  9. jenroro on October 4th, 2011 3:25 pm

    I have a similar top loader with “auto load sensing.” My machine has warnings that I should not open the top once the cycle starts, because the sensing process will start over when the washer is restarted. So, I wait for my washer to add water, and then I open the lid to trick it into adding more water. The lid on mine does not lock, so I’m not sure how this will work for you, though.

  10. mommygreenex2 on October 4th, 2011 5:29 pm

    I’ll try the bulky setting, thanks! So far we haven’t had any issues, but I would like to be able to soak every once in awhile;)

  11. bethmomof4 on October 5th, 2011 3:35 am

    This is why I just bought a speed queen washer. My fancy Maytag was full of mold (top loader), and then parts started breaking. So. I got a non energy star, non locking, very heavy washer. My clothes smell clean again.

  12. isabelsmomma on October 5th, 2011 6:23 am

    Aww sorry about that, mama! What kind of maytag is it? I have a bravos and I usually do either a cold rinse and spin or a soak first, followed by a hot wash on bulky and it seems to work pretty well. I hope you can get it figured out!

  13. hypmommy3 on October 5th, 2011 9:43 am

    Hahahah sorry to laugh but your writing is too funny. I have the same issue. i bought the Whirlpool Cabrio and can’t figure out how to trick it to soak. No soak cycle but I can change the auto water levels, phew. What a pain though huh? If anyone has a method for soaking in the Cabrio PLEASE let me know!

  14. Laundry Lady on October 5th, 2011 11:22 am

    We switched to a front-loader when our top-loader broke. I have had problems with detergent build up. I add a soaking wet towel to each cycle. (I have a towels to wash I use those, otherwise I have a few old ones that I use). The weight of the heavy towels tricks to washer into adding more water and as long as the towels are already soaked they won’t absorb the extra water and it will actually be used to clean the diapers. It usually works pretty well. I gotta say though, I love how much faster my diapers dry (especially on the line) after they spin out. Front loaders and other HE washers really do get the water out until the clothes are practically dry.

  15. RachelC on October 5th, 2011 11:34 pm

    So sorry you didn’t get the washer you were hoping for! Fwiw, I have a FLer and I absolutely love it for my CD laundry. I’m never dealing with stinkies or stains. I hope that your washer turns out to be a pleasant surprise for CD laundry.

  16. kristinco on October 6th, 2011 10:23 am

    The SAME EXACT THING happened to me! Went for a soak, added the boiling water and then…DRAINING! Ended up soaking in the bathtub. Otherwise love the washer, does a great job on super stinky dipes! (Maytag HE Toploader)

  17. Lindsay on October 7th, 2011 8:36 pm

    We just bought an LG Topload HE Washer and I love it for my cds. It has a water plus option so that I can fill the wash tub no matter the load size, it also has a soak option which I havn’t had to use yet (will only soak for a couple of hours and it will also drain the tub if it is paused for too long. I can custom program my cloth diaper routine into it so I just throw them in, push a button and walk away. I’m sorry your having trouble. Would it help to outsmart the machine if the cloth diapers themselves are all really wet? Just an idea

  18. SquigsMumMum on October 13th, 2011 5:59 pm

    We just bought a new washer and dryer for our new house and when we were looking I was adamant about getting a top loader because of future diaper laundry… Turns out most top loaders now are the auto water level type, and according to the manager of the HH Gregg we purchased at, all of them will be after next year due to new regulations being passed (may have been the year after next, but pretty sure he said next year).

    We ended up just getting a front loader set after all.

    Many mamas on here told me they don’t have a problem with their front loader and dipes, so I am hoping not to either :) So far I love it for the rest of our laundry!

  19. Havah on October 14th, 2011 7:42 am

    I’m sorry, I have to laugh. Just the whole “DH picks the perfect machine for the laundry he doesn’t do”. So true … fortunately, since DH and I have been talking about washers since ours started to get cranky, we’re on the same page. Since we seem to keep parking it over old sensitive septics, I’ll probably be looking for a machine in the same family as the one you got: “efficient top loader with extra rinse/sanitation cycle”. Not ideal for cloth, but less prone to causing problems with all the regular laundry … :p

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