“Washing Machine is a Bed of Bacteria and Germs”

Today’s high-efficiency home washing machines not be eliminating bacteria as thoroughly as their older, less-efficient counterparts.

Tests for contamination in the incubators, as well as among healthcare workers who came into contact with the preemies, were all coming up negative, according to a report on the case published  by the American Society for Microbiology.

German scientist Dirk Bockmull confirmed that the automatic washing machine is a hotbed of bacteria and germs.

Bockmull explained that, to eliminate this problem, the washing machine should be operated at a temperature of 60 ° C at a rate of no less than once or twice a month, in order to eliminate pathogens.

This is especially necessary in the case of people with weak immune systems at home, such as infants, pregnant women and the elderly, added the Professor of Health and Microbiology at the University of Rhein-Fall, Germany

What should a new washing machine be able to do?

A washing machine has to get a laundry clean. At first that sounds obvious, but the choice of program ultimately decides which washing machine is also suitable for your own household. Modern washing machines can now get all fabrics clean, but especially older models have a hard time with special fabrics and do not have the appropriate program. Households that need to wash a lot of delicate fabrics but want to save money on cleaning should buy a machine with special programs. Nevertheless, there are always fabrics that do not belong in a washing machine. If you like bleaching a lot, you must also make sure that the new machine has a special compartment for the bleach. In addition, a new washing machine should be water and energy efficient, so that the cost of the purchase is also worthwhile.

What size should a new washing machine be?

The size of the new washing machine depends on the size of the household, the amount of washing and of course the location of the machine. Most washing machines have a capacity of 5 KG, 6 KG, 7 KG and 8 kg. However, there are also smaller models that can only wash 3 to 4 kilos at the same time and very large machines that have a volume of 9 to 12 kilos. The former is recommended for single households who have little space in the apartment and do not need to wash large amounts of bed linen or curtains. The latter is suitable for large families and multi-generation households that have only one washing machine connection.

However, the size of the washing machine also depends on its location. Should it be installed in the add-on kitchen or does it have a lot of space in the bathroom? Is it under a dryer, in a difficult corner or free in the laundry room? Before the search, you should definitely measure the space for the washing machine and keep it in mind.

Which model and which brands are recommended?

The washing machines have top loaders that are filled from above and front loaders, in which the laundry is put into the machine from the front. Top loaders have the advantage that they are usually narrower and can also be easily squeezed in somewhere. Front loaders are a bit wider and have a porthole through which the laundry can be observed, which is particularly fun for children and cats. There is no difference in the washing quality for both models. However, front loaders are the more popular models in Germany, which is why there are more front loading washing machines on the market.

Many people trust their brand experiences and recommendations from friends when buying a new washing machine. The best-known washing machine manufacturers include Samsung, Bauknecht, AEG, Bosch and Beko. However, the big brands also have big prices. Rather unknown brands usually have the same quality at lower acquisition costs. However, this has to be done with programs or energy efficiency.

What energy consumption should a new washing machine have?

A new washing machine should use as little electricity and water as possible, so the consumption values ​​should be compared when looking for a new washing machine. The energy consumption of all electrical appliances is marked according to European standards, whereby the energy class of a washing machine should no longer fall below the energy efficiency level A +. Especially with inexpensive models or used washing machines, attention must be paid to the power consumption so that you do not have to worry about the higher energy costs afterwards. Economical models use around 0.8 kilowatts of energy per hour with 6 kilos of laundry, whereas power guzzlers need around 1 kilowatts.

Resource efficiency is also important when using water, because a washing machine that uses little electricity but uses a lot of water can be expensive fun in the long term. It is best if the washing machine does not consume more than 40 to 45 liters of water with 6 kg of laundry.