Laundry Equipment

There is a long list of laundry equipment that is commonly used by people all over the world. The equipment used depends on a variety of factors – the kind of clothes the people wear, the budget for laundry, the climate and water conditions of the region, the quantum of clothes, etc. Most households have a washing machine to do their laundry for them, but even that requires a lot of equipment to wash the clothes properly. There are households that cannot afford a washing machine; they manage by washing their clothes by hand. This requires some of the same equipment as a machine wash requires, but it adds to the effort that needs to be put in.

Washing machines are of two basic types – the front loading washing machines and the top loading ones. Generally, the front loading machines are the more expensive ones. There is a spin wheel in both the machines – the front loading ones have a vertical spin wheel and the top loading ones have a horizontal spin wheel. The purpose of the spin wheel is the same, to spin the water and the clothes contained in it when the machine is in operation. The idea is to provide a centrifugal force to the clothes by spinning them so that the water which has been treated with detergent beforehand can expel the dirt from the clothes and carry it away from them. This dirt is then trapped in a little bag that is placed on a side of the machine.

Most people don’t do daily laundry, because it is time-consuming and it is also energy-inefficient to wash only a handful of clothes at a time. These people would contain their clothes in a hamper. The hamper may have different sections for linens and white colored clothes so that it becomes simpler to separate them when washing.

Every household with a washing machine follows a slightly different procedure for doing their laundry. Usually, the clothes are first separated according to their colors. Linens are kept aside. The lighter colors are washed in the first batch, followed by the darker colors and then the linens. Lighter colors are kept soaked for a little while in warm water with a fabric whitener or starch added if needed. At the same time, water is introduced into the washing machine and detergent is added. When the clothes have been soaked for about half an hour, they are put into the washing machine and the cycle is begun. Washing machines also have dryers equipped with them. So, when the washing is done, the clothes will also be automatically dried to about 75%. They will further need some sun drying.

The next batch is the dark clothes. The procedure is the same, but the soaking is done in normal tap water, not warm water. Whiteners and starches are not added, but solutions such as color enhancers may be added. The washing process is the same.

For the linens, most people will use warm water for soaking so that it kills the microorganisms that may be present in them due to perspiration. A stronger detergent is preferably used. The washing process is identical to the outer garments.

People who wash their clothes with hand use a special clothes brush and a detergent bar or powder to wash their clothes. Soaking is needed because it helps loosen the dirt and the grime on the clothes and reduces the effort required in the washing process. A flat solid surface is also needed to do the washing.

However, since washing machines have become very cheap and affordable to most people today, they are becoming more widely used and traditional methods of hand washing are becoming obsolete from most parts of the world.

This Laundry Equipment Review is Written/Updated on Apr 23rd, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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