Do you have something in your life that makes you cuss out loud every single day? Something that makes you ask yourself “WHAT WAS I THINKING?” Well here’s your opportunity to shout out to fellow moms who probably think the exact same thing! It doesn’t matter how big or how small the purchase was, just tell us about it in the comments below so we can all get a good chuckle. Here’s mine.
Nearly six years ago, we were in the process of selling our house and moving into a new one. This was pre-twins, pre-recession, pre-analyzing every penny spent. So we saw that our previous homeowners had just purchased a brand new swaggy Siemens front load washer and dryer set. Front loads were the latest and greatest to hit the washer/dryer circuit, and at a hefty price tag, and we felt pretty hip and green making this jump. We were eager to ditch our Kenmore beaters and hop on the front load wagon, for a whopping almost $3,000 (OMG, it hurts just to type this and revisit the expense! Oh what I would do with that $3k today!). And boy did they look nice – just like the staged house when we bought it. Well, let me tell you, I have been REGRETTING this decision for six years. Here’s why.
Complaint #1, the biggie: When the set first arrived, we were in awe of the speed of the washer on the spin cycle, something insane like 1,200/rpms per second. Our cats were a picture right out of a commercial – two kitties sitting in front of the washer window watching the clothes spin. It was silent all the while spinning at warp speed. Well that lasted for 5 days. On day 6, we noticed that the washer was spinning so out of control that it was denting our bathroom wall behind it. After a series of technician visits, we were told a) you need to rip out your sisal rug in the laundry room since it was making it off balance (really?) and b) it’s a good thing that you didn’t buy the stands because those just make it worse. I thought to myself “well that doesn’t make sense. Why would you sell a product to go with another product that really doesn’t work?” Then the technician also said “don’t even think about putting these front loads upstairs because then they would never work.” Umm, ok, I guess. After months of several more repair calls, our washing machine was deemed a lemon and was replaced, we ripped out the sisal rug AND the linoleum floor that was underneath the washer/dryer and our new machine did the exact same thing after two weeks. We officially threw in the towel.
Complaint #2: We smelled weird. Kind of funky. Kind of sweaty. Not that clean fresh Tide and Bounce scent I grew up with. Just plain ‘ole sweat any time you came inside. Maybe it’s because now I was using 1/100th of the amount of detergent, or maybe it’s because I’m using 1/millionth of the amount of water. My family smelled YUCK. I quickly researched and found that you need to do a monthly cleansing with front load washers or you’ll get mold in the hull of the door. Here is the magic recipe: pour 1 cup bleach and 1/2 cup of Cascade powder in the main part of the washing machine (not where the detergent goes). And do an extra rinse. That helped some. But we still don’t smell great. Not like we used to. And I guess I’ve just surrendered and we use more perfume and smelly lotion.
Complaint #3: The dryer also spins out of control and is continually off balance. Bummer is that in our house layout, the laundry room is near the tv room. It literally sounds like an airplane is taking off – thankfully the builder invested in a solid door and you don’t really hear it too much when the laundry room door is closed.
Complaint #4: There is no ledge behind the washer and dryer. It’s smooth and anything and everything falls behind them. I have found shoes, spray bottles, keys, you name it. It doesn’t help that both the washer and dryer have been off balance for 6 years.
So here I am, cussing every single day at these over-priced pieces of you-know-what. While I don’t want them to break, because this is the last thing I want to spend a lot of $ on, I secretly do want them to spontaneously combust. In case you are wondering, this is a Siemens set, and guess what? They stopped making them a few years ago. Lucky for you. Unlucky for me b/c I’m stuck with these for a while.
Tag, you’re it! Bring on the venting!