You needed a laundry solution. You were tired of trekking to a wash room or laundromat (washeteria for my friends in Louisiana). You did the research and figured a washer dryer combo is what will fit your needs. Now that you have this beautiful piece of equipment, what do you do with it? Here are some simple guidelines to follow to help you use your combo most effectively.
Choose Your Load Size
Most units have a 13 to 15 pound capacity, though LG makes a unit with a 22 pound capacity. 13 to 15 pounds is about 3 complete outfits (pants, shirt, socks and undergarments), or about 6 to 8 bath towels. It is important not to overload the unit, as it will not get your clothes as clean as they can be and it will be harder for the unit to dry the clothes.
Combo Washer Dryer Detergent
Next comes the detergent. It is imperative that you use a low sudsing, high efficiency detergent, something with that cute little HE symbol on it.
Powder works best, but if you prefer a liquid, go for it. With these units, about two heaping tablespoons is all you need. Most units will also have a space for fabric softener. This is highly recommended because it helps to cut down on wrinkles, and generally makes your load soft afterwards. There will also be a place to add bleach. As with the detergent, powder bleach will work best, but you can use liquid just fine. Be sure not to use too much though!
If you have the unit hooked to separate hot and cold water outlets, then you just choose whichever setting will work for your load. Now, if you have the unit hooked to just one outlet with a faucet adapter and Y connector, you should use just cold water. If you want to wash something in hot, set the machine for hot water and the unit will heat the water for you. Also, cold water helps the unit dry the clothes better than hot water (weird, I know, but trust me on this one).
Now, just load the clothes, put in the detergent, choose your cycle, and you are off and running. Keep in mind, once the cycle starts, the door will lock and you will be unable to open until the entire cycle is finished. You can set these units to wash only, dry only or both. Generally, a full wash and dry cycle takes about 3 hours.