My Panties Are in a Bunch!


I did laundry this weekend, sheets, nightgowns and the like. This load, not particularly large, came out of the washing machine all tangled in one giant knot – the nightgowns were intertwined into the sheets and everything, and I mean everything, was twisted and knotted and a mess. It took me forever to undo the mess to put each item into the dryer.

It goes to the fact that these new machines don’t have an agitator so the clothes swim and spin and swirl in one free-motion mess. I take great care to load the machine in a circular order but I’m thinking once I close the top, they are having some sort of party down there, laughing at my clothes – hey, did you see the hole in her nightgown?! 

The Giant Knot is a pretty popular complaint of these washers – I found tons of reviewers saying the same thing

*my clothes were always wadded up in knots, literally. I would have to go out and untie them during wash and rinse.

*the clothes do end up in a huge, mangled ball

Maybe I should go back to the old school way to wash clothes. My grandmother had one of these. She also had a washboard in the laundry room worksink where she used Fels Naptha on my grandfather’s dirty shirt collars. But in the good old days, laundry detergent had ingredients that actually got clothes clean. Today, with all the HE machines and detergents that are good for the environment, I am always shocked how many spots don’t come out.


It’s a gorgeous Monday – bright sunshine and no rain which, after yesterday’s downpours, is a nice change of pace. Heading to Home Depot – yee haaa, how exciting you say.


9 thoughts on “My Panties Are in a Bunch!

  1. Aha! I left a comment for you last week to send me your email address so I could consult you about washing machines. I sent from my iPad so for whatever security reason, it never posted.

    My beloved washing machine – so old I cannot remember when we got it – gave up the ghost. Wanted to get your wisdom re: top loading agitatorless washers.

    We’re planning a re-location within the year and didn’t want to make a big/wrong investment in case it was unsuitable for the new place. So we bought a used but newer version of the old machine for $70 bucks until we can sort ourselves out.

    I’m sure you considered front-loaders when you were deliberating what to get. Why did you not choose those? Does your experience with this top loader change your evaluation of the front loaders? Thanks!

    1. Cripes cripes, I saw that comment and deleted it, seeing an email address in it, I assumed it was spam. Sorry. I can retrieve it from the spam.
      I loved my old agitator washing machine but it bit the dust and the options were low end to replace it with a machine with an agitator.
      I don’t have space in my small and narrow laundry room for a front loader because opening the door is tough as there is a pantry cupboard on the other side of the wall.
      That left me top loader, which in itself is a problem because I am short and it is very difficult to reach in and get the clothes at the bottom of the drum without falling in.
      The problem with ALL of them, front or top, is they all require use of the god-awful HE detergents, which in my humble opinion, clean nothing. I want my old Tide with Bleach powder.
      The investment is big with the top or front loading machines – mine are Samsung and came from Home Depot who delivered them.
      If I could find a good machine today with an agitator that didn’t require the stupid HE detergent, I’d do it.

      1. FYI – my old washer was deep deep deep and I solved the reach-in problem by using a pair of silicone locking tongs from the kitchen drawer to get the laundry out of the bottom.

  2. When I mistakenly thought my trusted old Maytag was headed for the scrap heap I bought a Fisher Playkel which was one of the early top loaders without an agitator. It did a good job using regular Tide liquid detergent.
    At our NH place we had a Whirlpool front loader which was fantastic, the best washing machine we ever had. That supplanted old top loader. When the dryer needed repair I was told to use very, very little detergent or the exhaust would get all gummed up.
    Here, knowing the life expectancy of appliances, I installed Frigidaire washer and dryer. Washer is a front loader. Nothing fancy at all. It doesn’t have special features like steam clean and soak but it gets my clothes clean. We have soft water. I add a scoop of OxiClean to every load.
    I’m sure there’s a good reason for the tangled sheets but I don’t know what it is. Perhaps the spin cycle was too high?

    1. You hit the nail on the head Swanton – the life expectancy! Old machines and old anything for that matter, was made to last. My grandmother’s era, they had washers and dryers and stoves and irons and cars that lasted more than a generation. Today everything is built to break down so we’ll ahve to buy another. Even something as simple as a toothbrush. They go far quicker than they used to.

      As for the tangling, I think you are right – that the spin was on too high but this machine pre-selects the spin speed when you choose a wash cycle. I can override it, but I choose a Sheets wash cycle so you’d think it would know not to spin it so fast. Oh well.

  3. Well, as your photo clearly proves, if only we did our wash while properly coiffed and wearing a shirtwaist dress, hose, and heels (albeit homely heels — Enna Jetticks, perhaps?), all would be well in LaundryLand.

    Note to anyone shopping for new washers or dryers: As far as I can tell, ALL of them take up more space front-to-back than they used to. So, when measuring the dimensions of your available space, remember to allow for as much clearance in the back for hoses, etc., as you have now. Some models that fit just fine with side-to-side and height measurements will be too big front-to-back.

    1. As you know full well from being a regular EOSr reader, I had that exact problem one washing machine before this one. The one that arrived in the morning from Sears and left in the afternoon, fortunately my old machine still in the truck. I learned your important lesson the hard way. Thanks for the reminder.

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