energy inefficient


About 6 years ago I made the mistake of buying a high efficiency washing machine. I don't know if I bought the wrong brand or what, but it does not clean our clothes. I've tried everything, different detergents, different cycles, cleaning the machine, pre-soaking in a 5 gallon bucket, etc...I've read blogs and forums on how to get the machine to work better. One lady said she keeps a stack of old towels next to her machine. She places a couple of those towels on top of the dirty load before washing to "trick" the machine into delivering more water...I get it but really? Is that what we have to do to get our $600 washing machine to wash the clothes? It reminded me of another episode in my life when I couldn't get my new vacuum to suck, the customer service lady told me to stick the broom handle down the shaft of the vacuum hose to unclog it. I said, "Aren't you struck by the irony of using the first cleaning device to fix the newest and best cleaning device?"
Should it be this difficult? Lets just get rid of carpet! Yay!

I had to pick up my daughter from the airport. The drive was about 1.5 hours, so 3 hours round trip + other errands. I put a load of laundry in my high efficiency washing machine just before I left. I did set it on a heavy setting with an extra rinse. Four hours later I returned home and the washing machine was still is that efficient?

My friend loves her high efficiency washing machine, so maybe it's my machine. Boo-hoo.