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Post# 858940   12/29/2015 at 11:10 (1,057 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        

Hi everybody,

So this might seem like a stupid, off-topic question, but I'm wondering about the best way to load my Maytag dependable care washer.

The reason I'm asking is because my wife tells me I should wash all the jeans together, but I've always thought mixing loads together was better on the washer, especially that type with the quicker, shorter agitation. I mean, I know not to wash jeans with whites, for example, but I always thought it was better to wash a few pairs of jeans with other heavier clothes, like sweatshirts and heavier t-shirts, rather than just a whole load full of nothing but jeans.

Any thoughts?


Post# 858945 , Reply# 1   12/29/2015 at 12:10 (1,057 days old) by LaVidaBoem ()        
Splitting Hairs>>


I guess that would be 6 of one kind, half-a-dozen of the other argument.

I would say not enough difference, but you know what they say:

Whatever makes the Wife Happy,
Will Make Your Life Easier>>kiss<<


With jeans, workclothes, uniforms, I find myself doing both...whatever it takes to make the load.


In a Front Load, some will claim all garments of same type/weight tips the scale for an ideal load.


Hope this Helps,


Post# 858962 , Reply# 2   12/29/2015 at 13:04 (1,057 days old) by revvinkevin (So. Cal.)        
Not stupid or off topic

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I'd tend to agree with Russ.... whatever it takes to make the load. 


I generally tend to wash similar type/weight items together, based on wash temp.  Then within that, whatever it takes to make a load, regardless if a top or front load machine.  I used to wash all my jeans together (when I wore jeans all the time) and if I added something else, it was a similar color or wasn't affected by the jeans fading / bleeding color in the water. Your washer doesn't care of you're washing a load of jeans, a load of scarfs, a load of T-shirts or towels.  Sure a load of heavy items (towels, jeans, etc) will take longer to get up to speed when spinning due to the weight, but aside from that it makes no difference.  I also don't think long-stroke vs. short stroke matters in the least, in relation to what you are washing.   Bottom line, you are over thinking this. 


Now as for DRYING the load... that's a different story.   As I'm sure you know, it's better to dry similar weight items together so they all dry at the same time.



Post# 858965 , Reply# 3   12/29/2015 at 13:14 (1,057 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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to each his own......

but your wife, or any partner for that fact....

should be GLAD your doing the wash, so they don't have to.....

end of story...

I do a great majority of the wash, cooking, cleaning....I enjoy doing it, as well as he is happy it is being you really think he cares how I am doing it, or how it is getting done?....

I seem to be getting it from both sides of our straight friends, the wives wish their husbands would help with the housework, and the men wish they had a wife that would do it without complaining....

the odd part, most of the straight men are considering going gay if they could have what we have in our relationship......I find this humorous, yet I seem to be hearing it a lot.....makes you wonder

Post# 859078 , Reply# 4   12/30/2015 at 04:57 (1,057 days old) by chachp (Conway, AR)        

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I tend to wash jeans by themselves turned inside out with the zippers zipped.   I turn them inside out because I was taught they will fade less and I zip them because I was also taught the open zippers can harm other fabrics.


About the only things I might wash with jeans is maybe socks and underwear as I'm not so concerned about them being damaged by the zippers.  We have a front load BOSCH if that matters for this discussion.


As far as who does the laundry.  Well that's me.  He would jam as much in as he could with little thought to colors, fabrics, etc.  He doesn't go near the washer unless he is washing something of his own by itself and I am AOK with that.


As far as the other stuff, well.  Our division of efforts is pretty simple.  I take care of what's inside and he takes care of what's outside.  Call it whatever you will but it works for us.


In this house when I'M happy then everyone is happy and I own it.  I'm lucky I found someone who is OK with that.

Post# 859110 , Reply# 5   12/30/2015 at 09:42 (1,056 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
I loves me some 'Tags, but...

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I would add that, in my experience, the most important thing to remember when loading a Helical or an Orbital drive Maytag is to follow their instructions to the letter and DO NOT overload it. Don't pack laundry and fill only to the bottom of the tub collar. Tag's didn't have very powerful rollover and because of the belt slippage, will slow down significantly if the load is too large(or even if the basement is too cold). Not such a big deal during the wash cycle, but if you want any kind of effective rinse, it just ain't gonna happen with an overload.

Post# 859114 , Reply# 6   12/30/2015 at 10:12 (1,056 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        
Thanks all

Thanks all for the suggestions. I usually just do a darks wash, a medium colors wash, lights/whites, and towels get washed in their own load, mixing all colors with that because I really couldn't care less about dingy towels. The only load I tend to worry about fabric weight with is darks, because that's where a lot of jeans and sweats and things like that are, but otherwise it's all kinda the same. I know a lot of people don't bother with the color sorting thing anymore, but I just can't bring myself to give that up. My wife has a lot of red clothes, and it just makes me nervous to throw all colors together knowing that.

As far as division of labor as far as laundry goes she helps me sort since I am totally blind, but I do the actual wash. She is wheelchair bound and can't stand without assistance, so therefor can't reach our top loader.

Yeah I've noticed that re overloading. Because it has a super short rinse, it seems to work the best when I slightly under-load, filling about two thirds or so of the tub. That took me a few times to figure that out. Kind of sucks, because it's not a real big tub to begin with.

Post# 859143 , Reply# 7   12/30/2015 at 15:26 (1,056 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Load it with a Power Fin agitator from an earlier Maytag model, any with a set screw will do. Loading will be of little concern, this kind of power will tackle most any load.

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