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How to Use a Wringer Washer

Maytag created the first hand-driven, wringer washer made of steel in 1907. The most recent version of the wringer washer is the electric, aluminum version last produced in 1983. A wringer washing machine saves money because of its ability to wash with less water and function with less electricity than a standard washer. Additionally, you can wash more than one load with a tub of water. The wringer washer also saves time by cleaning clothes that are grungy without stain removers or pre-soaking, according to an article by Pat Veretto on Lehman’s website.

Wringer washers come in several makes and models.

Step 1

Plug your wringer washer’s cord into an electrical outlet close to a water source, such as a water hose or sink. Leave room for one or two rinse tubs beside the wringer washer.

Step 2

Add water to the wringer washer until it reaches the fill-line. Use hot water for whites and cold for colors.

Step 3

Pour the laundry detergent into the water as directed on the label. Turn the wringer washer’s switch to the “on” position.

Step 4

Add a few pieces of laundry at a time while the washer agitates. Leave enough room for the clothes to swish and do not overfill the washer.

Step 5

Wash the clothes for five to 20 minutes, depending on how dirty they are; lightly soiled clothes require less time. Turn the washer’s switch to the “off” position.

Step 6

Start the wringer. Place one piece of clothing through the wringer at a time. Catch the clothes as they come out and place them in a basket.

Step 7

Place the wringer over the rinse tub. Rinse the clothing by swishing them back and forth in the clean water. Run the rinsed clothes through the ringer and repeat if necessary. Put the clean clothes in a basket.

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