Use a Timer on Your Washing Machine to Wash Clothes While You Are Gone

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Introduction: Use a Timer on Your Washing Machine to Wash Clothes While You Are Gone

I have a very cheap washing machine that makes a lot of noise. Instead of clearing out of the adjacent kitchen while the machine is on, I simply hooked it up to an outlet timer and set it to come on just before I wake up or come home. This way, clothes don't sit wet all day or night like they would if I started the machine and went to work, but I don't have to listen to the washer running.

The timer shown is a grounded outdoor-type outlet timer and is plugged into a GFCI outlet.

Step 1: Set a Kanban to Remind You to Put the Wet Clothes Into the Dryer

Set a Kanban or signal to remind yourself to put the wet clothes into the dryer. In my process of continuous improvement of laundry, I have determined that setting the laundry basket either directly in front of the laundry closet or in the doorway to my bedroom yields the best results. Here, I have set my milk-crate laundry-basket in front of the laundry closet -- if the milk-crate is present and the machine is not running, I am reminded to put the wet clothes into the dryer.

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I would be perpetually nervous of a out of balance load making my washer wander around my basement slamming into things. Then the climax would be it wandered so far away it pulled the water hoses off the wall and the basement floods. Thats just me though. I run my dishwasher at 3 am.

I have a GE top-load washing machine that is a home version of their commercial washer, without the coin-operated mechanism. It's a tough machine and works well, but it doesn't have an automatic out-of-balance alarm and shutoff: When severely out of balance, the drum just slams and bangs away while it walks across the floor. I solved the walking problem by installing a couple of eye-bolts in the back of the machine near the top of the frame, putting a couple of heavy screw hooks into the wall studs, and chaining it to the wall with two short lengths of double-loop chain. The machine can still move a bit when spinning out-of-balance loads, but is now constrained to within a few inches of its normal position, so it won't yank the drain hose, water supply hoses or power cord out of the wall.

That's the disadvantage of your machines.The European type just stays in place and balances it as it goes.

My washing machine gets offbalance all the time, but I have never ever seen a washing machine that bounces around like they race at moe's tavern.

MY old washer used to get unbalanced in spin and move across the kitchen floor! but it was just hooked to the sink and would pop off it it got to far from the sink.

How many times has this actually happened?

 my comment is not actually about your 'ible', I merely wish to compliment the shut off valves.. I installed the water supply for my washer, and I used the standard recessed box with two sill-cocks, I didn't know I had another choice. It appears you have the standard shower-style valves installed into little holes, and then pipe coming out of the wall to an end-piece suitable for the hose attachment. it rocks! 

I didn't install those; they came with the house.  To be honest, I don't like them because the mechanism is in the wall, and if I ever need to replace or service them, I'll need to rip out the wall.  The same is true of the showers though, so may be I shouldn't care?

I agree with a few others about this being a flood and fire hazard. I worked for servpro for years (water and fire damage clean up and restoration) and the amount of floods i have seen from the washing machine would just shock you. Mainly its the washer, ice maker, dish washer, or toilet supply line that causes the floods, mainly the washer lines and the ice maker lines. Always use steel braided lines!

Remembering to switch the load into the dryer is where I fail, constantly. I haven't yet found a way to remind myself every time. I'm thinking about building a tilt-switch-activated alarm timer that I can magnet to the washer's lid, so it arms itself as I load the machine. Anyway, if you use powdered soap, it'll sit atop the dry clothes, inert until the delayed cycle starts. But if you use liquid soap, you need some way to keep it from selectively bleaching the clothes. Try perching a cupful of soap on the clothes, so it remains upright until the cycle starts. Have you figured out a way to add bleach at the right point in the whites cycle?