I have a separate washer and dryer plumbed in in the basement for my horse and other animal stuff (I have a kitty that gets through a lot of towels.) The washer is a front-loading Maytag Neptune. Does a good job though is a bit slow compared to our upstairs, humans-only one.
My husband is inclined to get ecxema if I'm not careful about what I wash his clothes in, and an extra layer of horse or cat hair is a bad idea for him...
I voted other. The barn where I board has a washer and dryer which we are allowed to use. I wash all my stuff there. I keep a laundry bag in my trailer dressing room and do a load of stuff every week or so. As far as blankets, the Barn manager will wash the blankets and hang to dry for you, but they charge for the service. If I do my own, no charge.
After every ride, I hold my saddle pad up against the wall and brush the dirt and hair off. Then I bring it home and wash it in the same washing machine I use for my own clothes. I can also wash sheets and medium blankets and my sister-in-law just bought a new high capacity washer and she washed my winter blanket for me.
I wash saddle pads and winter blankets (after I hose and scrub them off at the barn) in my top load washer. Gets the pads very clean and the blankets clean enough to store. I just run an empty load with soap through after I'm done, and clean out the inside of the dryer with a wet rag if there are any hairs left.
One of the young (and enterprising) riders at my barn washes all of our saddle pads for a nominal fee. Super convenient, and spares me from any husbandly grumbles and gripes about residual horsey dirt in our laundry room!
Fivehorses, I have a Whirlpool Duet front loader -- I knock the mud off as best I can with my hand outside, but my horse stuff has plenty of hair on it when it goes in the wash. The only inconvenience is that I usually take some Windex or something and wipe out the seal/get the hair out after a run of horse laundry. Happy with the Duet for cleaning strength on my turnouts and saddle pads and horse boots and God knows what else I throw i there. I don't see why it would break it but if it doesn, I bought the extended warranty because I use my washing machine a LOT. I like stuff clean.
My turnouts do not go in the dryer, obviously but everything else does. It gets the hair off the saddle pads and into the lint thing!
Washing machines exist to wash dirty stuff! Saddle pads, polos, and fuzzy girths all go in there. I just make sure to run an extra rinse, and wipe out the inside of the machine if there is an unusual amount of hair left behind. As long as I don't overload it everything comes out squeaky clean. But I'm kind of scared to do my pony's t/o sheet in the washer... this thread reminds me I need to have it cleaned!
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I try not to, but I come home to my boyfriend stuffing all kinds of nasty horse things into our wash. The one that freaked me out the most was a tail wrap that was dirty after the mare was bred... You can only imagine what it was dirty with
i do all the time, plus the dog blankets. we have an old front loader-fridgidaire i think, which handles horse blankets one at a time.
we only use non scented detergent and a cup of white vinegar in every load. love the vinegar, it takes the place of fabric softener and is a disinfectant too.
occasionally i have to run an empty cycle because of dog hair, rarely because of horse hair.
i have a sheepskin pad i've been washing for almost ten years, it's only just starting to show wear.
Yes. In my top load high efficiency machine. Works well for me. I also wash towels and bed covers and stuff with dog hair on them. What I typically do if I think about it is follow that load with the 'work towels and rags' that need washing hence capturing any remaining pet/horse hair. Or a load of jeans- horse hair comes off of them easily in the dryer.
thanks for the info on your machine. A friend also has a duett, and another friend has a maytag front loader.
In my case, I don't think a top loader, or at least the kenmore top loader HE that I have is suitable for anything to do with horses.
It just doesn't get the horse blankets wet enough to clean, and face masks have to go thru twice.
I may look into a front loader, but heard so much maintenance issues, I thought I should stay away.
I think I need two washing machines! One for me, one for the horses! LOL.
In my old agitator style, I didn't find that a lot of hair was left behind.
I regularly washed saddle pads in my old machine. A kenmore agitator series 80
The only time there was any residue from anything horsey is if there were a lot of shavings attached to whatever it was I was washing. the centaur wool blankets would leave lint,shavings and hair, which I would just sponge out of the machine after the load was done.
If a machine leaves hair, etc for a minimally hairy saddle pad or whatever, then its not imo a very effective cleaning machine.
I am looking for a machine that can wash horse blankets and my clothes.
Anyone love or hate their machine, I would love to hear about it.
Ok, folks that do wash horse blankets in your washing machines, could you also share the brand and type.
I have to return the washing machine I just bought because it isn't cleaning my face masks, and not even able to get my horse blankets wet enough to clean. Its a kenmore HE top loader,.
Cleaning horse blankets is a must for my washing machine.
thanks for any input. sorry op to be off tangent a bit.
I have a 7yo Kenmore top-loader that does a fine job on horse clothing - Winter blankets included.
I got the heavy duty/extra capacity model, but still it's meant for household laundry not commercial use.
I use the same machine for my personal laundry & if the horse stuff is especially gross I'll do a load of barn towels with bleach afterwards to pick up any stray hair or gook left behind.
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