HE washer/dryer, & the incident continued…

17 Jul

Do you have a HE washer/dryer? It seems like these days all they sell are HE and mainly front loading machines. We opted for a top loading washer just because I’ve heard enough stories of friends who have washers that get moldy or have issues with smell so I figured I’d avoid it and hopefully not have those issues. I always dreamed of the day when we’d upgrade from our very basic washer/dryer system, but when that day came it turns out I didn’t need the most expensive front loading washer after all!

We decided on a HE Whirlpool washer/dryer and so far I’m very happy with them. I think they have so many more features than my old machines did that I’m thoroughly impressed based on that alone. I am very happy with them for two main reasons #1 noise and #2 energy efficiency ($ saving). Our old machines, although they did the job and worked way longer than we expected them to, were very noisy. Our laundry room is off of our kitchen and even with the door closed you could hear those suckers throughout the house. When I did the first load of laundry in the new washer, I had the door open and I kept waiting, and waiting, and I realized I was waiting for the rumbly noises of my old washer that signaled it was mid-cycle. =) I almost miss the noise, except that I don’t. 😉

The dryer is the same way, nice and quiet and all I can hear is the little metal buckles on the child’s overalls as they go round and round. Oh, and it turns out that the All free & clear detergent I was using (incorrectly) on my Fuzzibunz, is HE compatible so I’ll be using that for our clothes and have just purchased more Rockin’ Green (I purchased the Smashing Watermlons scent) for our diapers! I was torn between buying Tiny Bubbles & Rockin’ Green detergent. We have mainly pocket diapers (mostly Fuzzibunz) and I’m now increasing our collection of GroVia (who recommend Tiny Bubbles), so I’m hoping it will work well with buth. But we shall see.

Do you have a HE washer/dryer? Have you found it to save a lot of $$? I’d imagine we’ll save some on water costs since we no longer chose water level and it senses how much clothes are in the machine, but I’m curious to see how much we’ll really save…

7 Responses to “HE washer/dryer, & the incident continued…”

  1. Lilia Sawyer July 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    We have a Whirlpool HE washer and dryer that’s about 5 years old. I absolutely love it for our regular clothes but washing dipes is difficult. I have found that it’s hard to get enough water through the dipes to get the amonia residue out. I change up the dipe washing routine about every two weeks to try to get them clean. Most of the time I succeed, sometimes I don’t. I also use Rockin’ Green and LOVE it for dipes. As a suggestion, use the setting with the highest water level the washer can use. It’ll get the dipes clean and prevent buildup. Good luck and enjoy the machines!

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks! I’ve been nervous about the water level and today after washing per my normal routine I did an extra rinse, just to make sure they were free of soap/smell/etc.

  2. Lisa Ferguson July 18, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    I really love Charlie’s Soap for washing my dipes, and now I use it for all of our laundry. Charlie’s Soap is so cheap – about 13 cents per load…and it is awesome for cleaning diapers. I’ve never used anything else. Check out the Charlie’s web site, but it’s actually cheaper to buy on Amazon.com. Highly recommend it!

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 18, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      I’ve heard really good things about Charlies but I’ve been hesitant to buy is because on several websites I saw that there are some cases of rash with using it. I’m afraid we’ll be the small percentage that gets the negative reactions from it…

      • Lisa Ferguson July 18, 2011 at 10:50 am #

        We’ve never had rash issues. The only situation where I could see a rash problem is if it wasn’t thoroughly washed out. I’ve made a paste with Charlie’s Soap to get tough stains out of my dipes, and it kinda stings my skin when I use it that way. The stinging goes away as soon as I rinse my skin. However, in an entire load of dipes, you use a teaspoon of Charlie’s Soap, and I rinse, rinse, rinse after washing the diapers, anyway. My kids are both very pale skin and more susceptible to having sensitive skin and related issues, but I’ve been using Charlie’s on all of our clothes and my youngest one’s diapers, and nobody has had issues so far.

      • The Penny Wise Chick July 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

        Good to know. Thanks for the info! =)

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