Monday, May 9, 2016

After our Bathroom Flood - a New Washing Machine!

We had quite the eventful week last week!  It started out like any other normal week, that was, until my bathroom flooded.

Apparently our 10 year old washing machine decided that it was time to die.  But not just die quietly, no it decided to break in a way that it would leak all over my bathroom.

I think if this happened a few years ago, I would have been incredibly upset and probably would not have reacted very well.  Thankfully, I have changed and become a much more positive person in the past several years, so I just let it roll off my back!

You can watch a little more about our bathroom disaster here:


Once my husband figured out that the problem was going to be quite costly to fix, we decided to go out and buy a new washing machine.  Little did we know that washing machine technology and government regulations have changed A LOT over the past 10 years since we bought our last washing machine.

I figured that we would buy a newer model top loader, regular old washing machine.  However, they no longer make the regular old washing machines anymore – at least not that we saw.  Everything is high efficiency now. 

Don’t get me wrong, I think high efficiency is awesome.  I think that saving water is incredibly important, especially with the fact that there are so many people that do not have clean water at all.  I guess my main thing is I don’t understand how the clothes will get clean if they are not submerged in water.


The new thing is that the washing machine does not fill up with water, it just saturates the clothes with water.  Top loaders also don’t have a normal agitator to help get really dirty clothes clean.

We ended up getting a front loader, which was not what we planned.  I am not sure how I feel about the new washing machine yet.  I think it is going to take me a little while to figure out the new machine.

I know these are definitely first world problems, but I would love to hear what type of washing machine you use, and if you have any tips and tricks to make sure your clothes are coming out fresh and clean!?

I was happy to get the machine, and then the fact that it was going to be delivered a day later was awesome!  I think that was my biggest concern that I would have to wait for a long time before they could deliver it.  Luckily, I did not have to wait, and then I spent most of the weekend and today catching up on laundry!

It was interesting to hear how everything has changed, and I am hoping that we made a good choice.  You can watch our whole buying experience here:



How do you do your laundry? Do you have any tips and tricks to share with a high efficiency & front loader newbie?

26 comments:

  1. Sorry about the flood - what a nightmare. But your new washing machine sounds awesome. I really need a new one because mine is so old.

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  2. YIKES to the flood. No bueno! Your washing machine sounds really great and I love how it just saturates the clothes with water. Thats so cool!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. Oh no! Not a great thing to happen! I didn't know about the less water deal. Someday they are going to have to focus on making showers like that. My husband loves his long long LONG showers.

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  4. Oh no sorry to hear about your ordeal. Well done for staying so positive and yes energy efficient washing machines are great but can be tricky to work.

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  5. I like the HE washers. They are quieter and seem to clean the clothes even better than the old washers. Lately, I've been adding Borax to my laundry. It helps removes stains and makes my clothes look brighter.

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  6. I hate when that happens! My dryer just died and my lawnmower is acting up! It's the worst when surprise mishaps happen!

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  7. I own a Samsung HE front loader and I love it. It has all the bells and whistles and so far I haven't had any problems with it.

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  8. I hate it when electronics and appliances just decide to die. And it's usually JUST after the warranty too. Good luck with your new one.

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  9. So sorry about the flood. A pipe burst in our home right before we bought it and they had to replace all the ceilings. It was a pain. Love the new washer.

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  10. I have had a front loader for many years now and I LOVE it! It also cut our water bill down by a third so that's nice too!!

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  11. I'm not sure I could handle a washing machine just deciding to let out all over the floor! I'm glad you guys were able to get a quick replacement, though! My mom has an HE washer and she loves it. I'm stuck with the old technology, which is fine by me so far as figuring out how to use the darn thing (it's been the same doing laundry for me for almost 20 years now, ha!) and then dealing with finding the laundry detergent that actually can go in those machines. Hope you get along with yours quickly (and that it saves tons of water, too)!

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  12. I do my laundry by making it my daughter's chore. She does a great job and she's paid well. Win-win.

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  13. What a horrific nightmare! We have a front loader and we love ours. it has an amazing large capacity!

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  14. I have had two front loaders now. My first one lasted 10 years with no issues. This second one seems to eat up socks and clogs the drain :(

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  15. Loved the video, the end part was out
    Favorite! I hope it works out, maybe it will just take some getting used to?

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  16. Ugh, what a terrible thing to happen. We just moved into a new house, and we got a front loader. It's a Kenmore, but I found out the hard way not to wash on the fast cycle because it put holes in several of our sheets. For some reason, if my clothing stays in the washer for even an hour after a cycle, the laundry stinks. Like mildew. Having worked at a hardware store that sold washers, I learned quickly that you should always leave your door open, and the soap drawer open so they don't get stinky, moldy, or mildewy. I hope you enjoy your new washer!

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  17. What a pain - we got a new washer and dryer when we moved about 4 years ago. I went with a top loader because it's what I'm used to. I didn't realize how different they were.

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  18. Water issues are the absolutely the worst to deal with... Unfortunately Im an expert on them. I know more about plumbing, septic tanks, drainage and leaky appliances than I ever thought possible1 Having a good attitude is absolutely a MUST`

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  19. Sorry for hearing that about terrible flood. Great thing you guys have a new washing machine.

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  20. My washing machine flooded my house when my daughter was a baby. The water just kept coming and coming. It's crazy how fast it can get out of control.

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  21. Ughhh so sorry to hear about the flood!!! That must of been tough to deal with. That happened to us a few years ago in a house we were renting at the time and it freaked me out! Thankfully the landlord took care of everything because we weren't living there that long for it to be something we did lol...

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  22. ahhhh man that sucks about the flooding. i always worry as mine is so old that this will happen to me - keeping fingers crossed it can last for a bit longer ;)

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  23. When we moved from the UK to the USA I was surprised to see so few front loading washing machines (and they were so expensive) so we got a top loader. Front loaders are pretty standard in the UK. I prefer a front loader

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  24. Having a reliable washing machine is a must. We purchased a matching washer and dryer a few years ago and it has been a godsend.

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  25. I wish we were neighbors :) I've had a front loader that I bought used/refurbed off craigslist when we moved back to Oregon five years ago. It's quirky but it works. It also does "soak" the clothes because the bottom fills with water up to where the door is. I think the technology is actually pretty similar in a lot of ways...but I also have resigned myself to not having super highly clean work-out gear...I blame this on the fact that I use "hippy" detergent however...so my work out gear always smells just a tad bit smelly even when it's "clean." :)

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  26. Our washer decided to give us difficulty last year, our laundry room is upstairs. It was horrible!! Glad you got a new one! New washer means loads of fun, lol.

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