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Laundry Woes#MondayMusings

Laundry woes

Life is a learning process. Every day I learn something new. For instance, last week Ms. Papaya taught me that people in heaven don’t need to eat because they’ve eaten more than enough when they were on earth.

But I don’t seem to have the wisdom of a four-year-old. Else I wouldn’t be in the situation I am in today. I wouldn’t be worried about my broken down washing machine.

Sunday morning began like any other day.  But unlike the regular load of washing, this one consisted of a mixed load of heavy and light clothes. The bulkiest though not the heaviest, was a comforter. This uneven mix of laundry obviously made the machine uncomfortable.

First it groaned as it slowly sped up and achieved only half its speed . Then it rattled and shook and actually jumped and landed 45 away from its actual spot. Finally it came to a screeching halt accompanied by some strange sounds that vaguely resembled a rattlesnake.

Lesson No 1. not learnt: Never wash a mixed load of clothes that make the machine unstable. 

The washing machine and I

Till Anna Shetty was born, all the washing at home was done by hand. The inner garments were personally hand-washed while the big sheets went to the dhobi. Some clothes were washed at home by the washerwoman who came in daily while the expensive clothes were sent to the laundry.

But when Anna Shetty was born, my mother thought that a washing machine would come in handy. Anna Shetty was born in the early part of July and it did come handy with the dozens of cloth diapers that needed washing daily. Not only was it more convenient during the Mumbai monsoon but also more hygienic.

Since then, I’ve almost forgotten to hand wash garments. And I loved this simply operated twin tub machine even though I didn’t enjoy delving deep into the tubs to transfer the laundry from the wet to the dry.

Lesson No 2 not learnt : Always handwash some clothes daily so that you don’t get out of touch with handwashing.

One machine led to another

Since the first machine was gifted, I used it without much thought as to model and make. But  as I delved deep into the wash tub to pull the laundry out of the dryer tub, I looked longingly at the advertisements for a single, front-loading machine. 11 years later, I  decided to upgrade to a front-loading IFB. For the next 15 years, this machine washed all the laundry – often times, twice daily.

But once again, I kept looking at the other brands and models wondering if my choice was correct.

Since German machines are supposed to be the best in terms of function and after sales service, I opted for a Siemens’, when the IFB service agent suggested I go in for a new one.

But it turns out that it wasn’t a good choice after all.

Lesson No3. not learnt: Never change a brand for the sake of change especially when you are happy with its product.

Waiting for Mr. Siemens

So in 2012, I bought a Siemens which gave me major trouble within 2 years. Of course the trouble began the day after the warranty was over and took a month for the part to be replaced.

I only hope the current problem is minor and more importantly, the service engineer comes soon enough to repair it.

Airing my thoughts on #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne.

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p.s. I’ve just realised that my #WOTY is DETACH, so I’m not going to worry about the clothes piling up. After all, they just may wash themselves 🙂

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. I hear you on this. We had an IFB for a long long time and then I switched to Whirlpool and I regret doing that. That last point about not changing trusted brands is so spot on.

  2. I am waiting for a machine that washes, dries, folds and then puts them away! But if a washing machine brings such woes… what would that bring along with it?

    1. There is a machine that folds and irons on the anvil but I sincerely believe that the more gadgets you have the more maintenance people you have to wait for ! Besides out of all the household chores I enjoy ironing !

  3. We enjoyed our Siemens too for about 4 years. However, when we moved to Hyderabad, it was lying idle in our Mumbai flat. One visit, I went and put in too heavy a load and that was the end of the machine! Or rather it didn’t make sense to replace the part at the cost quoted. Siemens machines are good, but with everything imported it is a pain to wait for parts. I hope you have better luck with yours than we did with ours.

    1. Yes Siemens believes their products don’t break down so they don’t keep any spares. I experienced this problem soon after the warranty expired. But once the machine works it is quite good. Perhaps the next time I have an issue I will go back to IFB

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