We’re on month 2 with our new Maytag Bravos HE washer and dryer pair. How do I like them? Well, if how I rave about them to my offline friends is any indication, you could say that I love them.
They have truly changed the way I feel about doing laundry. I used to dread it, and, while it is still not my favorite chore, there is no longer any dread involved.
Well, for one thing, I no longer have to play the laundry guessing game! Why the heck do my sheets still smell weird when I take them out of the washing machine? Why do my cloth diapers have a funky smell when I take them out of the wash? Which cycles should I use to get them cleanest?
You’re probably familiar with the laundry guessing game.
In my last post about my washer and dryer I talked about all the wash setting choices the Maytag Bravos washing machine has. Well, lots of choices is no understatement. Maytag has basically tried to take the guess work out of laundry settings. If I’m washing towels I put the dial to the towel setting. They get a heavy duty wash and heavy spin. If I set the dial to sheets, they get a hot wash with a medium spin (so as not to make the sheets all twisted). If I’m in a hurry I can set the dial to rapid wash and the clothes will go through the wash cycle in under 40 minutes.
And, since I had someone ask on my last post, I thought I’d just do a quick overview of how I wash cloth diapers in my Maytag Bravos HE machine. I was a little worried that they weren’t going to get as clean as they would with a standard top loader because the HE doesn’t use as much water. Let me just say I’ve been nothing but pleased! No running extra cycles because the dipes didn’t get cleaned the first time around!
Here is what I do:
- Rinse, drain, and spin cycle. (No detergent, or 1 tbsp. of Funk Rock)
- PowerWash cycle with extra rinse selected. I am currently using Rock n’ Green, but I have other favorite detergents for cloth diapers.
- Hang my covers and wetbag and throw the rest in the dryer on “Normal”
With my other washer there was no pre-rinse option and no extra rinse option so I had to set the washer several times before the diapers were actually clean. Also, it took two full cycles to dry the diapers. Now they are dry in just over 30 minutes. The dryer has Moisture Sensing Technology so I don’t even have to set it to a timed cycle! I think clean cloth diapers are the true test of a good washing machine.
The second reason I no longer dread laundry…
These machines are SUPER CAPACITY! I’m now doing almost half the number of loads of laundry I was doing before. No longer do I have to do separate loads for the kids’ clothes. I can fit all the colors for my husband, myself, and my children all in one load! Sometimes I’ll even throw a couple towels into the regular clothes loads because there is still extra room.
Another perk to having fewer loads? Now, I only do laundry on 1 day of the week! Before the Maytag Bravos I was doing 5 loads of clothes, towels, etc. (not including diapers) per week. Now I do 3 each week and then an extra load of towels and/or sheets every other week. Not too shabby, if you ask me!
Convenience. I’m a busy mom and I love convenience. I’m also an eco-concious mom and I love that the Maytag Bravos uses 76% less water and 78% less energy than standard top loaders!