A majority of young people in India, especially the teenagers have not heard the word ‘DHOBI’ in their lives, let alone understand the meaning of this word.
For the benefit of such persons, I shall say that ‘Dhobi’ stands for the humble washerman. Yes, there was a class of people known as ‘washer men’. They used to wash clothes and deliver it to houses in the past. In fact, there is a locality in Mumbai known as ‘Dhobi Talao’. This iconic location has featured in several Hindi films as well.
Coming to the point, we wish to state that the ubiquitous Dhobi has virtually disappeared from the scene.
Why has it happened? Who is to blame for this? One can state that the advent of the washing machine has caused this to happen.
If you do a quick research on the usage of washing machines in India, you will find that people prefer to use the top load washing machines over the front loading machines. The preference in the US is just the opposite. You can attribute this to the washing habits of Indians.
Top Loading Machines – The Advantages
You have decided to purchase a washing machine for your house. Should you not have an idea about the advantages of using top loading machines? Here are five simple advantages for you.
- The top-loading machines are at a comfortable height thereby obviating the need for bending down to load and unload clothes. Hence, you develop a better posture.
- The height factor eliminates the need to invest money in purchasing expensive bases for placing these machines.
- You do not experience any kind of bad or undesirable odours like mould and mildew in these top loading machines.
- Cost wise, they are considerably cheaper than the front loading machines.
- One of the main attributes of the top loading machines is that they consume less water and energy as compared to the standard semi-automatic top loading machines.
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Top Loading Machines – Disadvantages
A prudent homemaker should look at both the sides of the coin before investing her hard-earned money in a top loading automatic washing machine. Hence, it is better to weigh the disadvantages as well.
- The High-Efficiency top loading washing machines have longer washing cycles as compared to the traditional top-loading machines.
- You need to arrange the clothes properly into the tub lest you experience tangling of clothes leading to damage.
- These machines can take up more space than the front loading machines.
- In comparison to the front-loading machines, these top loading ones use more water.
- Hence, you find the top loading machines take a longer time to dry clothes. This increases the timing required for the spin function.
Frequently asked Questions
1. Why is inside-out washing of clothes recommended by many dealers?
In fact, it does not make any difference to the machine’s performance. This act enhances the lifespan of your clothes, especially those having printed logos and designs. It also prevents the formation of fluff balls on woollen garments.
2. What is the cause of these fuzzy balls on some clothing?
Synthetic clothes shed small fibres that can cling to clothes. You have a remedy for this available in numerous departmental stores. Avoid overloading your machine.
3. How much detergent do you need?
It depends on the nature and condition of clothes you put for washing. The hardness of the water can also affect the quantity of detergents used. See if there are soap suds left after your washing cycle. In case you find then, you are using more detergent than necessary.
We have just seen the basic advantages and disadvantages and FAQ’s If you have any queries regarding washing machine selection, you can post them in the below comments section and I’ll answer them.
Geetha Srinivasan is a homemaker by profession and choice. Her passion and skill in understanding the nuances of electric appliances prove handy in providing information about Home & kitchen appliances in the most straightforward manner possible.