If you’ve ever been without your washing machine for whatever reason, that’s when you’ll realise just how important they are to your life. It’s an under-appreciated appliance and it’s about time it was shown some love. We thought it would be a good idea to get to the bottom of just how this wonderful machine works and how it leaves our precious clothes smelling and feeling fresh after every wash.
When you think of a washing machine, you’ll probably just think of a big drum doing all the hard work. But there are actually two drums – one inside the other. The inner drum is the one you put your clothes in. It has loads of little holes that let water in and out and paddles that move your fabrics around to give them a good clean. The lesser known outer drum is water tight, as its main job is to hold the water while the inner drum does the rotating.
Now to the technical stuff. The programmer is a clever electronic mechanism which controls temperature, spin speed, the valves and the pump. Think of it as the conductor of the laundry orchestra – ensuring that all parts are working in harmony.
So, let’s look at the process our washing machines go through to clean your clothes: