How I got over my dread of dirty laundry. #MaytagMoms

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.

Why?

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”

Easy, Peasy!

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!

Do you dread doing laundry? What is your current weekly laundry like?  
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Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Laundry Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.

 

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  1. Ooh wow! Well I think I would be willing to do a load if I had that washer and dryer ;)

  2. kelly willis says:

    i have a set and love them

  3. Dude, if I had an awesome washer and dryer like that, I would probably start liking doing laundry. LOL
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  4. That is the easiest cloth diaper wash routine I’ve ever seen! I love reading that this machine makes washing your dipes easier, not more difficult :)
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  5. These sound like an awesome set! I am hoping to cloth diaper with the twins and that sounds like a good routine!
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  6. I hate doing laundry more then I hate cleaning! It is the one thing I beg my husband to do around the house.
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  7. Oh, how I covet a HE washer and dryer…. sadly, nowhere CLOSE to my budget!

  8. I love to learn about new appliances and all the fun features that are constantly coming out. This would definitely ease the pain of laundry!
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  9. That’s wonderful that the washer and dryer have made doing laundry so much simpler. They look amazing too!
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  10. I love that this machine allows you to wash so much at one time! I think I would actually enjoy laundry if I had a nice machine like this one!
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  11. Glad its working for you. I myself love Maytag and have had great experience although I have never tried cloth diapers on it

  12. Super capacity is something that I need. I feel like I am forever doing laundry.
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  13. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I’m one that dreads laundry, I think mainly the taking out of the dryer, hanging then putting all things away. This is a very nice washer/dryer combo.

  14. Jessica Beard says:

    I do laundry every couple of days to keep up with it. I hate when I have a million loads to do. I love the idea of pushing an easy button and having them decide water temperature and spin cycles. I could love this combo!

  15. I really want a top loading HE washer. I have a front loading washer and I’m not a fan. I spent all this money on a fancy HE washer and dryer yet it doesn’t have some of the features that regular washers and dryers have. Your Maytags sound wonderful! Does the washer fit a king sized comforter? We still have to go to the laundromat for that one.
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    • We’ve never tried washing our queen comforter, but I have washed our queen mattress pad, our sheets, my boys sheets, two towels, and a few hand towels all at the same time. It is possible that you’d have to just put it in and then once it is a little wet and compressed you could arrange it properly around the agitator so it gets cleaned well. The drum is huge so I can’t imagine it wouldn’t fit.

  16. Elizabeth Bailey says:

    WOW! I just finally replaced the dryer that came with the house we bought (I swear it was as old as the house it self!) but we went with a second had 5year old one. Right now that’s what the budget could sustain, but I fugured that has to be better then what was here. These will definatly be on my list to look at once we can afford new ones. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. i so love Maytag brand and its products are just mind blowing. I love that the product the the work as it says.

  18. I just purchased a magtag washer and dryer. The gentle cycle does not clean the clothes and the regular cycle did not clean two pieces of clothing.

    The manufacturer said they will send a service guy out but if they find nothing wrong with it we have to pay for the service call.

    Any tips?

    Has this happened to anyone?

    • Lacey,

      I’m so sorry for the delay. I thought I had already responded to your comment. I’ve actually never used the gentle cycle. Instead I just adjust the agitation to “light soil”. I have a twice noticed that articles of clothing did not get fully saturated and cleaned. This is usually because the washer didn’t add enough water for the amount of clothes I put in. Not sure why this has happened, but it has only happened twice. I’m sure you’re already doing this, but just make sure you don’t put clothes on top of the center of the agitator. If you do, those clothes will likely not get clean.

  19. Anna Bonnette says:

    This is the pair that I want to get when we buy our new house. I’ve heard great things about them.

  20. Sheilladee says:

    I know this blog post is old but I wanted to share my experience for whomever may come across it looking for help with their cloth diaper routine :) I have the MCT maytag washer and dryer pair and and have finally found a good wash routine for my cloth diapers!

    I prewash on the sheets cycle on warm/max extract/high soil level with a tbs of funk rock

    Second cycle on the sheets setting on hot/max extract/high soil with reccommennd amount of country save detergent.

    I may or may not hit the extra rinse button depending on my mood. :) been working great for me!

    I also have normal water hardness. It is neither soft or hard.

    Sheets cycle uses more water than power/heavy duty/rapid wash but not quite so much as the bulky setting :)

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