Most washers vibrate, but some take it a step farther: in the course of running a load, your washer may make it halfway across the room. This sort of vibrating can be frustrating and it isn't particularly good for your appliances. Shake Away Plus Pads from Kellett Enterprises can reduce vibrations and keep your washer in one place. The neoprene pads are placed under the feet of your appliance and will last as long as the expected lifespan of most washers currently on the market. They work successfully with a long list of brands, including Whirlpool, Maytag, LG, GE, … Read more
So, sometimes I admit things out loud that I'm sure makes other people hate me--such as when my cleaning lady does the laundry, she uses too much soap. It makes me crazy. I know, I know, the heart bleeds, right? But at the end of the day (at least Tuesdays), half a box of laundry detergent is gone with only two or three loads of clean clothes to show for it.
When young we learn at an astonishing rate. Soon after we learn about Mother's Day, we learn about Father's Day. The next logical thought in the process is to ask when "Kid's Day" is. The answer I always got was short, simple, and true: "Every day is Kid's Day." The recent Earth Day makes me think of this answer, and the realization that truly every day is Earth Day.
I'm here in the ever-sunny land of Israel, and one of the sights you constantly see here is laundry blowing in the breeze. Everyone line dries their laundry here, and many families don't even own a dryer. I'm not just talking about my mother-in-law, who thinks of a dryer as a newfangled invention that no one needs. One of my closest friends, a mother of five children, line dries all of her family's clothes--every single piece.
Here in Israel, the weather cooperates. But when I get back home to Houston, the humidity will make line drying … Read more
Heavy & Flo return to the show. It's supposed to be a monthly thing, but our schedule is a little erratic. Just be thankful we're not pregnant. They're up to their usual high-jinks because Daddy Bakalar is out of town to keep us in check.
The Oscars were on last night, so Heavy & Flo think it's an appropriate time to make fun of Japanese men, who can barely speak English. OK, Mr. Yu and Mr. Tang seem to think that it's pretty damn funny, too, when he thanks his pencil. Flo recounts her story … Read more
Yesterday, I mentioned a space-saving stackable washer and dryer unit. But what if even that takes up too much room in your living quarters? Are you doomed to drying your clothes in the bathroom or out the window? Are you going to be deprived of fluffy towels and soft shirts? Not if LG has anything to say about it.
LG's new Washer/Dryer combo is an all-in-one machine that takes your laundry from dirty to dry in a single unit. That's right, you can put in a load of laundry and come home to clean, dry clothes.
To … Read more
I've seen some hair-brained (hey-ooooo) ideas in my time, but this just might take the cake. For those of you who find Bluetooth headsets or the wired headsets that come with your cell phone too pedestrian, here's something that will certainly turn heads: a wired headset that looks like a hair dryer. Trust me, I wish I were making this up.
Yes, for just $7.59, you can talk to your family and friends through a hair dryer and be the object of various onlookers' ridicule envy. The cell phone hair dryer headset comes with various adapters that … Read more
A friend of mine is currently adding a second story to her house to accommodate her growing family. The construction is extensive enough that she, her husband, and their three children had to move out of the house into a rented apartment while the work is being done. She told me she didn't care about how many rooms the apartment had or how small the kitchen was--she just needed to have a washer and dryer in the apartment. Of course, her full-size machines take up quite a bit of space in her temporary digs--like, a living room's worth … Read more
It's possible you've seen all the washers and dryers my colleagues have posted about recently and not one of them has cried out to you and made you feel you must rush out to buy it.
Maybe you thought to yourself, "Those are all fine, but I need a washer that can tell me when it's finished, even if I'm in a different part of the house." Maybe you just can't decide if you want to stack your machines or store them side by side. Or maybe you wanted a system that would … Read more
This full-size dryer from Maytag handles full loads with a large 7-cubic-foot capacity drum. Physically larger than similar models, the Bravos MED6300TQ has a width of 29 inches by a depth of just more than 30 inches. The height is almost 4 feet, measuring 42 inches, but considering similar smaller models offer height extenders or pedestals for their dryers to sit on, this might actually be an ideal height.
The control panel is situated toward the back of the machine, creating a nice durable porcelain-on-steel worktop to set a laundry basket upon. Anybody who has hairy pets running around the … Read more