First up is a current post. I hate to think it but we'll be getting into cold weather soon and then winter. (Boo, hiss) I had vowed during the summer that I was going to wash all my good wool sweaters while the weather was warm and dry this year and it was an intention that I'm pleased to say I actually followed through on!
Spa Day for the sweaters.
The other (or AN other) big cleaning type job I'm tackling is to wash all the sheep coats in preparation of hay feeding season. I had a dedicated washing machine for super dirty items such as the coats, work coveralls and coats, dog beds, lambing towels and other filthy textiles. Unfortunately, during the summer it sprung a fatal leak - the drum had rusted through. Gee, and it was only forty years old. ;-)
I thought about just using the washer in my shop which I use for fleece washing but it's not a heavy duty unit and I was afraid it would quickly get beaten to death. I searched the internet and was getting pretty disturbed - the majority of the washers were front loaders (NO!), eco-friendly high efficiency/low water users (NO!), had electronic controls (NO!), had a safety locking lids (NO!) and either cost a fortune or were cheap, lightweight, and looked it.
Then...... (cue Heavenly chorus).... I found this one by Speed Queen. All the stuff I wanted, none of the features I didn't want AND it's made in the US - win/win/WIN! It wasn't cheap but it was exactly what I wanted and I expect it to last a looooong time. I ordered it through the same Ace Hardware that carries the Mrs. Meyer's products and it was delivered a few days later.
Look at all that room! I could nearly climb in there myself. It holds six or seven sheep coats at a whack depending on the sizes with room for the water to slosh around the way it's supposed to.
The agitator goes all the way up - none of this low profile, barely there nub of an agitator nonsense as we have in the 'people clothes' washer that I stupidly bought before I knew how ineffective it would be.
Nice simple manual controls that won't die from a tiny electrical hiccup.
So the coat washing marathon is underway. (I don't use the Mrs. Meyer's for that - good old Arm and Hammer laundry soap from Dollar General is doing a fine job.) It's going to take a while but they're being sorted when they come off the line and either go to the storage tubs in the barn or into the pile for mending first.
Progress on all fronts!