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Fun Facts about your Washing Machine

Updated on February 20, 2012

Churning round and round in the basement, the washing machine usually spends its' useful life as an unappreciated member of the appliance family. A fully automatic washing machine is the envy of the developed world. The respect garnered by high visibility kitchen-based machinery such as the microwave is lost on lowly clothes processors. Let us pay homage to washing machine appliances, the sloshy workhorses of household appliances.

Is your washing machine running? You better go catch it.

An old joke, perhaps, but a joke that still brings belly laughs to Maytag repairmen and teenage boys. We don't know many more jokes about washing machines specifically. Actually, the preceding joke was adapted from a classic refrigerator joke, so to be completely honest we don't know any washing machine jokes at all.

Front Loader assumes a dramatic stance
Front Loader assumes a dramatic stance
Study in Black and White: Washer and Dryer
Study in Black and White: Washer and Dryer
  • Washing Machines use about 22% of the total water consumed in the average United States home. Unsurprisingly, this number is much higher in homes where they don't understand the term 'money laundering'.
  • Clothes washers use about .256 kilowatt-hours of electricity per load. A kilowatt-hour is 3.6 megajoules of energy. A joule is 10,000,000 ergs, although the erg unit has been deprecated because engineers were laughed at when they used it at parties.
  • Clothes washers typically account for 93% of the lost socks in a typical American household. This number was provided by the National Dryer Foundation. They still have no explanation for all that lint.
  • Clothes washers operate on a horizontal axis, called a front-loader, or on a vertical axis, referred to as a top-loader. Front-loaders use energy more efficiently and clean clothes better. Converting a top-loader to a front-loader is problematic and tends to cause a dramatic increase in water usage.
  • A "combo" unit includes both a washer and dryer in the same housing. This configuration saves space but usually offers less capacity than traditional side-by-side units. Very popular in Europe, these models tend to demonstrate the longest lifespan in France.
  • Clothes Washers can be powered by renewable wind energy. However, climbing to the top of your windmill to add fabric softener can be terribly inconvenient.
  • The Zanussi ZWF16581G washing machine turns at 1600 RPM.
  • The earliest clothes washer was a rock in a stream.


Most Popular Nicknames That People Give Their Appliances

  1. Ceiling Fan: Albert Spinney
  2. Clothes Iron: Charlton Preston

  3. Commode: Barry Goldwater

  4. Vacuum: J. Edgar Hoover

  5. Freezer: IceCuba Gooding Jr.

  6. Computer: Calculon

  7. Refrigerator: David Defrost

  8. Microwave: Abraham Blinkin

  9. Clothes Dryer: Hilary Fluff

  10. Washing Machine: Oprah Spinfrey

  11. Front door: Alicia Keys


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    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      20 months ago from Ohio, USA

      Wow! 80 people voted in the poll!

      Yay nicomp!

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thanks, Justin! I agree, mostly. My writing is wasted on the Internet.

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      Justin 

      5 years ago

      Very cool post :)

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      xavier 

      6 years ago

      oh herrow

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @heeheehee : how was the article?

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      heeheehee 

      6 years ago

      this is so sad wasting time writing on a wesite xD

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      self 

      6 years ago

      why are all the commenst from the author?

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Ginger Express: Thanks! RaiderFan was an aficionado of home appliances.

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      Ginger Express 

      6 years ago

      I don't know how RaiderFan even ended up on this site.

      I have to find fun facts about washing machines for an assignment from my employer and this is definitely the funniest page that I've run across on the subject.

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      Reader 

      7 years ago

      This is really stupid.

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Katybeth wrote:

      "Not sure when this was written but I enjoyed it and even quoted from it---still wondering about the lint...maybe I need a life :-D"

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      cmdgrl 

      7 years ago

      love it.

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Lil'Princess: it's good to have you back, RaiderFan!

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      Lil'Princess 

      7 years ago

      wtf? You guys are weird aii haha. Especially Hal Licino :)

      And no nicomp RaiderFan isnt still around.

      Do you like sit here and make websited about washing machines, no offence but thats kinda sad haha. x

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I miss RaiderFan

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Is RaiderFan still around?

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I thought this was pretty funny. Sigh.

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It's sad when a hub has only 8 comments and 6 are from the author. The other 2 are from a troll. Sigh.

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I thought this was funny, but it doesn't get much traffic. Any thoughts?

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      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Yum. Ckil-fil-A!

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      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      We had Chik-fil-A for dinner tonight. I feel inspired to write about it.

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      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      raiderfan: I don't know anything about chicks except the grilled sandwich I get at Chik-fil-A. I will write about that soon!

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      raiderfan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      dude writin about chicks is fun

    • nicomp profile imageAUTHOR

      nicomp really 

      9 years ago from Ohio, USA

      oops! They were fun to write. Sorry I let you down, raiderfan!

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      raiderfan 

      9 years ago from Arizona

      these are not fun facts

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