5 Clever Ways Your Amazon Alexa Device Can Help You on Laundry Day
Amazon's voice assistant can't fold the clothes for you, but Alexa can still help you with laundry.
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If you can't typically hear when your washer or dryer buzzes, get Alexa to notify you.
First, you'll need to time how long each load takes in your machine. Rather than standing in front of your washer the entire time, check the machine after half an hour or 45 minutes to get a general idea.
Next, go into the Alexa app and tap the menu button (the three horizontal lines) and tap Routines. Tap the plus sign to create a Routine. With Alexa, you cannot just set a timer in a Routine, but there is an easy workaround. In the When this happens part of the Routine, select Voice, and then type in whatever you want to say to Alexa to start the timer -- something like "Alexa, start my washing machine timer."
Next, tap Add action and select Wait. Select the amount of time it takes for your washer or dryer to complete a load of laundry. Finally, tap Add action, Alexasays, and type in whatever you want Alexa to say to you when the time is up.
The next time you throw a load of laundry into your washing machine, start the Routine by saying the trigger phrase.
2. Get new cleaning tips
Don't know how to clean something? Enable the Laundry Buddy skill so you can ask Alexa. First, you need to say, "Alexa, open Laundry Buddy," each time you have a question. Then, you just need to ask your question.
Unfortunately, the skill doesn't seem to answer specific questions about stains. It will, however, give you detailed answers on how to clean things like jeans, car seats and coats. If you have specific questions about stains, you can consult our stain removal guide.
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3. Blast stains
Though Laundry Buddy doesn't help with stains, the Stain Remover skill does. The skill has instructions for how to remove dozens of the most common stains, including wax, coffee and grass stains. To use the skill, say something like, "Alexa, ask Stain Remover how to remove coffee stains."