Sunday, November 08, 2009

My Washing Machine Hates Me

As I mentioned the other day, my washing machine really only works one day a week - and on that day, only three loads. That it does three loads is only because I sort carefully, so the loads are relatively small. Nevertheless, despite my gentle treatment of the machine, I am convinced it hates me.

Just over a year ago, I purchased a high-efficiency, front-load washing machine. One of the selling points was the gentle care it provides for clothes. Nothing in the manual said anything about the machine's hunger for buttons. I have a growing stack of shirts to be mended - a new one added almost every week.

The oddest thing about the missing buttons is that it is the button in the same position on each of the shirts - the third one down from the top.

I have been unable to even form a hypothesis as to why the same button keeps breaking. The button does break - the stitches remain behind, but the button comes out of the wash with the center missing - a tiny plastic donut.

An inanimate is incapable of malice, just as it is incapable of good. Still this cannot be a coincidence - it has happened to nine different shirts. I use the "he" rated detergent and fabric softener. I usually have small loads. I even use the machine cleaner regularly. What more, short of animal sacrifice, will it take to save future buttons?

Is there a patron saint of household appliances?
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