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Nov 10

All Quiet on the Domestic Front

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I don’t like to brag, but I’m good at laundry. In fact, I’m so good at laundry my husband won’t let me do his. “You separate clothes into too many loads,” he complains. If you want to mix it all in one pile and shove as much as you can into the washer at a time, that’s fine with me. It’s especially fine with me now that we have a front-load washer. That sucker holds more clothes than a preschool bathroom doorknob holds germs.We invested in an Asko XXL pair mainly because we needed the 4.5 cubic feet of drum space in the washer. I do laundry for three people now (myself and two kids) and what they lack in clothing size they make up in clothing volume. I just did laundry for the first time in a week and a half. I had eight loads: whites, lights/delicates, dark delicates, jeans, dark everyday clothes, sheets, and two loads of towels.

Luckily, Alice totally gets me. (I call my washer Alice. The dryer is Silent Bob.) She does not think I separate my clothes into “too many loads.” That’s why she offers me so many, many cycles (including Sanitize! YAY!), spin speeds, water temperatures, and soil levels. I regularly use the Synthetic, Everyday Wear, Delicate, and Quick Wash cycles. The sheets and towels have their very own cycle. And I use Sanitary Wash and bleach for all cleaning rags (when I have cleaning rags to wash, which is next to never. Sadly, Alice isn’t mobile.).

Silent Bob also caters to my need for options. Most of the time, I use the sensor dry cycles (Synthetics and Everyday Wear) and let Silent Bob decide when things are dry. Occasionally, I use the Quick Dry. It is nice to be able to specify dryness levels. And it’s very nice to be able to choose how loudly you want your End of Cycle signal to beep. That’s why he’s called Silent Bob. Technically, I can call Alice Silent, too. And, now that I mention it, the operating noise these two make is really minimal. I can run laundry while we’re watching a movie right outside the laundry room door and not have to turn up the volume at all.

The only issue I’ve had with Alice happened over Easter weekend a year and a half ago. I was washing my bathroom rugs, and about halfway through the cycle, the LED screen showed an error code. I tried to use the owner’s manual, but I think Asko feels confident that you’ll never actually have to use it, that’s why they don’t put much in the way of explanation in there. I ended up on the phone with an Asko helpline representative who very kindly walked me through the process of removing Alice’s lint trap. On Easter Sunday. I was highly impressed. So was my husband. He’s familiar with my calamitous ways with recalcitrant appliances.

Although he won’t admit it, I think he has a little crush on Alice. Besides his mom, she’s the only one who has treated his huge collection of t-shirts with the (ahem!) reverence they deserve.

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