As the name suggests, a washing machine is a device that is used worldwide to wash and do laundry. Its sole purpose is to clean clothes. The term washing machine is associated with machines that use water as a medium for the same rather than using chemicals, as in the case of dry cleaning. Detergent or other cleaning agents are added to the water to create a foamy solution in which the clothes are dumped in. These can either be in liquid form or powdered form, which dissolves in water. Washing clothes involve a lot of manual labor in rinsing and cleaning dirt and then wringing to dry. Washing machines were designed in the earlier days to eradicate extensive labor associated with this chore and make it less time-consuming.
The earlier machines came with an open or closed basin with mechanical paddles that acted as scrubbers and initiate cleaning. These were still hand operated, hence not really reducing the labor involved to a great extent. Modern-day washing machines come in various sizes or load capacities and in different functional modes. Common functional modes include semi-automatic and fully automated machines. Load capacity varies from 5 kilograms up to 13 to 15 kilograms. Also, machines come with single tub and twin tubs. In single tub machines, the sole tub available has to be used to perform both the washing and drying task, one after the another. In twin tub machines, the washing load can be transferred to the second tub for drying after the first wash. The advantage of twin tub machines over single tubs is that both the tubs can be run simultaneously and this helps reduce time spent to finish off the whole task.
Washers normally come in a fully automated variant. They are equipped with a large LED panel to display the various functions available. An added advantage of an automated washer is the inbuilt air dry system, which yields higher results than a normal dryer. It also has a soak wash function and exerts multiple wash cycles to ensure clean output. The water levels may be adjusted automatically as well and have a water recycle function, which helps save water as well. The tub or drum is normally built with stainless steel to eradicate any chances of rust.
Most washers are also very reliable and safe to use, as they come with enhanced safety measures like child lock and automatic power supply cut off in the case of excess power passing through the washer. They operate without creating much noise and occupy lesser space than bulky machines. Washers also come in a front load option, where the clothes are loaded into the wash tub from the front. The tub is horizontal compared to the vertical top load washers. These washers are already programmed to perform special chores like the super fast 30-minute wash or eco-friendly mode, where lesser chemicals are used and so on. Even the temperature can be adjusted as per your liking, and be set anywhere between the range of cold to 90 degrees.