washing machine is among the technologies meant to ease the stress in domestic chores and washing of clothes is one of them but a lot of criticism has been thrown into the washing machine such that most laundry men do use ordinary hands to wash their clients clothes who dislike the use of the machine for their clothes, the reasons to them are many and that is what we shall be discussing in this post. Most Nigerians in the social media have contributed to this problem but we forget to ask ourselves was the reasons behind the mind of the inventor of the machine and what prompted the modern technologist to go ahead in modernizing and improving the quality of washing machines daily.
It is our duty to understand a particular technology before condemning it, from the research I conducted I discovered that the major reason among other reasons I obtained is that the machine causes the clothes to wear away easily and washing off the color.
While other reasons are;
That it pulls off cloth buttons,
It weakens the threaded areas and causes the thread to come out,
It does not wash cloth very well as there are traces of dirt on the cloth after washing,
Some even said that it use to deform the shape of clothes made with the cotton material after a period of time, etc.
These and more are the negative reports about the washing machine, but my questions are; are the reasons true? How did someone arrive at such analysis? What are the proofs to authenticate the claim?
I have been using washing machine since 2012 though my friends refused using it for the same reasons but over time we do argue about it, the recent confirmation to them is the period of decay of our uniform, my friend discovered how his expensive native attire got torn on trying to come out of a public vehicle which he attributed to the weakness of the material of the cloth the same uniform made of the same material I do wear mine every special Sunday service, this and other examples which time will not permit me have made him to even start using the washing machine more than me, now my question is; how sure are the people that blame washing machine in anything that happens to clothes that are regularly washed with the machine?
In my own analysis below are the benefits I have seen in using the washing machine for my clothes:
- IT SAVES THE TIME OF WASHING FOR ME
The continuous modernization of washing machines has made me to even love using it and encouraging anyone around to do the same. The type that uses timer is what am using, you can comfortable set the time you want it to wash the clothes and go and sleep the machine will automatically start itself operate for that interval of time then stop and drain all the water in the clothes and trigger an alarm for you to come and spin the clothes before spreading it. The operations and processes I mentioned will not take more than thirty minutes interval and am done with washing for the day.
- I CAN BE WASHING AND BE DOING ANOTHER SIMULTANEOUSLY
Due to the ease in the washing process, I can be cooking and wash my clothes at the same time, or even playing a video game while the machine does the washing for me. Nothing give greater join in science and technology than automation, I saw a newly manufactured washing that can start itself wash the clothes, drain the water, and spin the clothes by itself without being operated and then send the clothes to a drying section of the machine which also spin the clothes and bring everything out as dry clothes. Such is the good thing about technology there will always be an improvement over a period of time.
- WHEN DIFFERENT COLORS OF CLOTHES ARE NOT PUT TOGETHER INSIDE THE WASHING MACHINE, THE CLOTHES APPEAR NEATER THAN WHEN MIXED TOGETHER
The reason some people complain of fading of colors in their clothes after using the washing machine for a period of time is because they do mix two different colors of clothes together, this is not good considering the working principle of the machine which basically turns the water with the clothes together in few degrees to the clockwise direction and another
- IT SAVES DETERGENT WHEN COMPARED TO WASHING WITH HANDS
I have observed that you can really use just a little quantity of detergent to wash larger volume of clothes when you compare the volume to hand washing. Imagine using a 100g of sunlight, WAW, Klin or OMO detergents for twelve pieces of clothes regularly up to the one-month interval. So washing machine offers you the chance to save money from buying detergents regularly.
- IT SAVE THE STRESS OF MANUAL LABOUR
Imagine where you have about thirty pieces of clothes to wash and there is no place to see laundry or have access to a washing machine, definitely it would be a great source of stress because it can take about five hours of concentrated effort to wash and dry the clothes. Therefore washing machine does a lot to ease stress used in washing large volume of clothes.
- YOU CAN WASH WHITE CLOTHES WITH VERY HOT WATER, (ANOTHER WAY TO REMOVE STUBBORN STAINS)
While it is recommended to use hot water to wash white clothes, it may be difficult to use hand in washing clothes whose water temperature is still very high above the room temperature, but washing machine can be used to wash the same clothes even at the boiling point temperature (100OC) or just little temperature drop below it.
- IT MAKES IT EASILY TO DYE A COLORED CLOTH WITH HOT WATER (BEST PRACTICE FOR ORIGINAL DYES)
Some special dye requires very hot water before applying it in order to create a strong bond with the cloth material and the process of dying a cloth will still require dipping it inside the water containing the dye, hence washing machine can assist in handling such hot water while the dye is applied to it with the hot water as well as the cloth such that the dying process becomes easy and guarantees better duration of the color applied.
- IT MAKES THE DRYING OF CLOTHES TO BE VERY FAST
Washing machine give you the opportunity to spin the clothes immediately after washing, this makes the clothes to dry within few minutes when it is spread outside, when compared to the normal squeezing of clothes by hand it could take up to six hours to dry in the presence of direct sunlight while the ones spanned by washing machine can take less than one hour and thirty minutes to dry.
- IT PROLONGS THE STRENGHT OF THE CLOTHS WHEN PROPER WORKING SPEEDS ARE APPLIED
The machine have design for the control of speed use in washing clothes, when the manual is properly read you will discover the manufacturers prescriptions in speeds for silk clothes, cotton clothes, and other materials used in clothes making it is the duty of the user to ensure the prescription is properly followed to avoid the incident of cloth tearing after washing or deformation of shapes. When followed the use of washing machine will prolong the life span of the clothes than hand washing.
- IT HELPS CLOTHES RETAIN THEIR COLORS FOR A LONG TIME WHEN DIFFERENT COLORED CLOTHES ARE NOT MIXED TOGETHER DURING THE WASHING
For the modern designs that have different slots for washing of clothes, it will help to retain the colors of clothes as the clothes with the same color and material are washed together. This will reduce the rate of color bleaching and color stains to other clothes thereby helping it to preserve its color.
- IT MAKES YOUR SPACE FOR SPREADING OF CLOTHES SMALL SINCE AFTER SPINNING THE CLOTHS THEY DRY WITHIN ONE HOUR
Due to the quick method of drying the clo0the,s the clothes drain and spanned by the machine easily be hugged outside for few minutes and removed while other sets can be hugged on the same space after the same few minutes. The process can be done continuously until the whole clothes are dried. This method is best for people living in rented apartments of flats.
- IT MAKES THE PROPER WASHING OF HEAVY CLOTHES LIKE BED SHEETS, BLANKETS, JACKETS, AND JEANS TO BE POSSIBLE
No matter how good hand washing can be using it for heavy clothes like bed sheets, and its cover blanket or even jeans trouser and jackets can be very difficult when compared to using the washing machine. My experience has shown me that the machine do not only wash these type of clothes easily but it leaves it very clean after the washing and drying the type that would take the hand a great effort and longtime washing operation to achieve.
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