OT: Wash clothes in a dishwasher?


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Eric The Viking

As usual for the start of a bank holiday weekend my washing machine has
decided to pack up.

Put simply, can a dishwasher be used for washing clothes in?

I'm not thinking of setting up a launderette based on dishwashers here, just
interested as to whether I could do an emergency wash of a pair of jeans -
or whether I would end up with a broken dishwasher to add to the broken
washing machine.

Have already considered the relative merits of washing underpants in the
dishwasher but have decided against this for various reasons.

I would appreciate your considered opinions ;-)


ETV
 
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RodC

I'd reckon you'd get a better wash if you hand-washed them in the bath.

Clothes need to be... ummm... agitated to be washed thoroughly - which
is what the washing machine does with it's rotary action.

A dishwasher will only make them wet!

:eek:)

RodC
 
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Andy Dingley

Put simply, can a dishwasher be used for washing clothes in?
No! Really, really no.

Do them by hand. It's quick to wash things by hand, the nuisance is not
being able to spin dry them afterwards. Worth trying to see if your
washer will still work for that part.
 
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Mike Halmarack

I'd reckon you'd get a better wash if you hand-washed them in the bath.
Or, if more interested in practice than theory, foot wash them in the
bath wearing wellies whilst playing a stirring goose step march on the
gramophone.
 
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Eric The Viking

Owain said:
You wouldn't get them dry before Monday anyway.
Will if I put them over the radiator. Besides, washing was the question -
not drying.
Tesco Value jeans - £3.

Depending on the reason for the "emergency" wash, just bin the old ones.
Levis 501's - £50 - not going to stick them in the bin.

ETV
 
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Eric The Viking

snip
According to Brainiac (Sky One), most people rate the teaco 4 quid
ones as better quality after abuse has been committed on the jeans.

Rick
Interesting - I wonder if Braniacs would help answer my question?

Think I'll write to Mr. Hammond ;-)

ETV
 
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meow2222

Eric said:
As usual for the start of a bank holiday weekend my washing machine has
decided to pack up.

Put simply, can a dishwasher be used for washing clothes in?

I'm not thinking of setting up a launderette based on dishwashers here, just
interested as to whether I could do an emergency wash of a pair of jeans -
or whether I would end up with a broken dishwasher to add to the broken
washing machine.

Have already considered the relative merits of washing underpants in the
dishwasher but have decided against this for various reasons.

I would appreciate your considered opinions ;-)


ETV
No, the thing always ends up caught round the impellors. I've tried it
with cloths at times, but not clothes. It doesnt work. Handwash only
takes minutes, why havent you done it already?


NT
 
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Eric The Viking

No, the thing always ends up caught round the impellors. I've tried it
with cloths at times, but not clothes. It doesnt work. Handwash only
takes minutes, why havent you done it already?


NT
I guess I should have mentioned in my original post that my question is
really out of academic interest and that I am fully capable of hand washing
clothes when the need arises.

All my gear for the next week has been diligently hand washed and is out on
the line drip-drying. Will be using the radiators to finish off drying for
anything I need in a hurry.

But am still very tempted to shove some trousers in the dishwasher to see if
it would work. After all it's all based on hot water, detergent and
wrinsing. Ok, there's no agitation in a dishwasher, and there's a risk of
old peas ending up in your pockets. And probably not a good idea to try to
wash clothes and plates at the same time. No-one else curious?

I guess a Braniacs experiment would is called for.

Cheers - ETV
 
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Andy Dingley

According to Brainiac (Sky One), most people rate the teaco 4 quid
ones as better quality after abuse has been committed on the jeans.
There's also a question of fit. Levis are designed around the svelte
young metrosexual who will happily drop £50 on a pair of jeans.

People who only buy £3 chavwear are also likely to be living on a diet
micro-chips and blue pop. Arse like a buffalo, and jeans cut to fit.
 
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Mike Barnes

In said:
But am still very tempted to shove some trousers in the dishwasher to
see if it would work. After all it's all based on hot water, detergent
and wrinsing. Ok, there's no agitation in a dishwasher, and there's a
risk of old peas ending up in your pockets. And probably not a good
idea to try to wash clothes and plates at the same time. No-one else
curious?
Some time ago I washed a hat in a dishwasher. I was following the
manufacturer's recommendation. It keeps the brim flat.
 
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Andrew Mawson

Mike Barnes said:
Some time ago I washed a hat in a dishwasher. I was following the
manufacturer's recommendation. It keeps the brim flat.
Regularly used to wash certain types of keyboards in a dishwasher -
fixed all sorts of intermittant faults and they came a nice and clean!
If you do this it's at your risk - leave in warm place to dry out
thoroughly

AWEM
 
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Eric The Viking

Andrew Mawson said:
Regularly used to wash certain types of keyboards in a dishwasher -
fixed all sorts of intermittant faults and they came a nice and clean!
If you do this it's at your risk - leave in warm place to dry out
thoroughly

AWEM
Computer keyboards? Did you use detergent or run it without?


ETV
 
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Rob Morley

There's also a question of fit. Levis are designed around the svelte
young metrosexual who will happily drop £50 on a pair of jeans.

People who only buy £3 chavwear are also likely to be living on a diet
micro-chips and blue pop. Arse like a buffalo, and jeans cut to fit.
Sounds like you pay more attention to your appearance than is healthy
for a bloke :)
 
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meow2222

There's also a question of fit. Levis are designed around the svelte
young metrosexual who will happily drop £50 on a pair of jeans.

People who only buy £3 chavwear are also likely to be living on a diet
micro-chips and blue pop. Arse like a buffalo, and jeans cut to fit.
not true, but the sort of assumptions that sell expensive clothes.

NT
 
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Andy Dingley

Charming! FYI I'm still the same waist size as I was at 21, and possibly
even slimmer.
Then jeans cut to fit some bulbous minger from Hartcliffe will hardly
flatter you, will they ?
 
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Geronimo W. Christ Esq

Eric said:
As usual for the start of a bank holiday weekend my washing machine has
decided to pack up.

Put simply, can a dishwasher be used for washing clothes in?
I wouldn't imagine it would be very effective. Dishwashers spray and
re-spray a small quantity of soapy water over their contents. Washing
machines work by agitating their contents and rubbing them together a lot.

It's a really really bad idea. You wouldn't know what kind of effect
laundry detergents might have on the internals.
 
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The Natural Philosopher

Andrew said:
Regularly used to wash certain types of keyboards in a dishwasher -
fixed all sorts of intermittant faults and they came a nice and clean!
If you do this it's at your risk - leave in warm place to dry out
thoroughly
Aha. I may try that on some electronic gear...do you use rinse aid or
not? :)
 
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The Natural Philosopher

Eric said:
As usual for the start of a bank holiday weekend my washing machine has
decided to pack up.

Put simply, can a dishwasher be used for washing clothes in?

I'm not thinking of setting up a launderette based on dishwashers here, just
interested as to whether I could do an emergency wash of a pair of jeans -
or whether I would end up with a broken dishwasher to add to the broken
washing machine.

Have already considered the relative merits of washing underpants in the
dishwasher but have decided against this for various reasons.

I would appreciate your considered opinions ;-)


ETV
Dishwashers cannot even wash dishes. let alone clothes.

Surely you can find a local pole- or chinkomatic? What are illegal
immigrans for?
;-)
 
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Andrew Mawson

The Natural Philosopher said:
Aha. I may try that on some electronic gear...do you use rinse aid or
not? :)
Learnt this when as a 3rd party service provider, we had taken over
the support of thousands of unix terminals and the manufacturer
wouldn't sell us spares. I interviewed three people who worked for the
manufacturer and wanted to be TUPED into our organisation. When the
first mentioned the dish washer I thought he was having a joke, but
when all three did I thought 'either it's a conspiracy or it's true'
so I took a batch of faulty keyboards home and put them through our
dishwasher, and out of 6 faulty ones 5 worked fine after a good wash !
I didn't leave them in for the dry part of the cycle but shook them
out carefully and put them in the airing cupboard over night. After
that we had a regular session in the executive dish washer at head
office! As for rinse aid, I suppose it must have had it as it
automatically doses iirc.

AWEM
 

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