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.