• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Best Washing Machine for Blankets? FOUND ONE!!

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Best Washing Machine for Blankets? FOUND ONE!!

    It is almost that time of year for the great annual winter blanket washing event. The *best* thing I ever did was to put a washing machine hook-up in the barn when we built it. But the washing machine that we bought for ten bucks at a country auction (if we could haul it out of the basement and move it that day) is coming to the end of its life. It just doesn't clean as well each year.

    So, what washing machine do you have that you LOVE! What cleans big turnout blankets with ease? What handles all the filth you can throw at it and still gets your blankets clean? And does NOT break down? Please be specific about brands, makes and model numbers Please!

    Are front loads better? Do you use a spindle-less top load? Do you just go for the biggest load capacity?

    Any information is appreciated!

    ***Update on Page 2***

    SCFarm
    Last edited by LLDM; Mar. 21, 2009, 07:27 PM.
    The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.

    www.southern-cross-farm.com

  • #2
    Front load Sears from their outlet(scratch and dent) store-put my big Rambos with neck covers attached -love love love it!! It's a Kenmore Elite HE 3-bought it quite a few years ago-it's my house machine but it doubles for barn duty. Don't know about top loads and using less detergent but the front loads use barely any detergent and they do a good job.
    http://thepitchforkchronicles.com

    Comment


    • #3
      I'll ditto a front load for sure. I've got a Whirlpool Duet washer that cleans really dirty heavy weight Rambo's and Weatherbeeta's as well as mid and light weights. I've had it for at least 5+ yrs. When I wash the turnouts, I first put them on a soak cycle, followed by a rinse and spin. If they are really dirty,which they usually are as I'm on clay, they will probably get a 2nd soak and rinse and spin cycle. Then a wash cycle and out on the clothesline to dry.

      I do about 6-8 turnouts a season, and except for fading, my Rambo's look as good as new!

      PS. I hate you (not really ) for being near blanket washing time. We still go down into the teens at night and it's only in the upper 20's today. I won't be washing anything till at least April and then only the heavyweights.
      Sue

      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

      Comment


      • #4
        Frigidaire front loader 3.5 lb capacity. Hose machine that does horse stuff.

        Comment


        • #5
          Kenmore Elite HE 4t front loader. Got largest capacity they offered. It is my home washer but I will use it to wash blankets as well. I put baby sock or toe only socks over the metal buckles and secure with rubber bands so it wont scratch the inside but not at all concerned about the amount of dirt, debris, hair, etc that goes in with the blankets. It can handle it just fine. Am able to wash regular clothes/towels etc right after and never had problem with finding hair or residue on anything after .

          Comment


          • #6
            Any frontloading. Great for horse blankets, even the heavy weight rambo wugs with attached neck rugs, and king sized comforters and big dog beds.
            I've had 2 maytag neptunes over the years and they are great.
            Never buy a washer with a wringer!

            Comment


            • #7
              Love my LG front loader. One cycle does it.
              The aids are the legs, the hands, the weight of the rider, the whip, the caress, the voice and the use of extraneous circumstances. ~ General Decarpentry
              www.reflectionsonriding.com

              Comment


              • #8
                The BEST washing machine for blankets would be a commercial front loader. I know Chester County is horsey because there is a local appliance place that advertises commercial front loaders for horse barns.

                However, being poor I have made do with the Sears brand front loader from the Sears Scratch & Dent Store in Delaware in Eagle Run, as mentioned by mkevent. I bought that washer in 2001. Since August 2004 it has been dedicated to blankets & other horse wash only. I wash somewhere around ONE HUNDRED blankets every year - maybe more as we own 100 blankets/sheets/coolers & quite a few get washed several times a year. Anyway, I've had to have it repaired once which I think is pretty good considering the hard use I put it to.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I bought a Kenmore Elite Smartwash (about 4.0cufront loader) that is SUPER.

                  It's super efficient and uses very little water but the blankets come out looking brand new. The sanitary setting is great for all the barn towels.

                  Not cheap but worth it. If you have a boarding facility I'm not sure I'd spend the money. Boarders might trash it. But for a private facility or a dual purpose home/barn use.... big thumbs up.
                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                  -Rudyard Kipling

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Front load commercial laundromat type machine, I've been at 2 barns that had them, both had picked them up at auctions.

                    Comment

                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      Thanks everyone! Looks like the front loads have it. I will start looking around now for something used.

                      It can't do double duty. The *ONLY* thing my husband has *EVER* insisted on is that I not wash horse stuff in the house washing machine. No problem. I can live with that! But I do not want to drop a huge load of $$$ into the barn machine!

                      Thanks for all your suggestions. I hope the smaller frontl loads will work, as my barn spot is limited.

                      SCFarm
                      The above post is an opinion, just an opinion. If it were a real live fact it would include supporting links to websites full of people who already agreed with me.

                      www.southern-cross-farm.com

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Agree w/ easyrider. I have the LG 4.0 front load and one cycle the blanket is clean.
                        "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Do any of you guys have trouble with stuff getting caught in the door gasket and eroding it? I've read on-line reviews of complaints of that and causing the door to leak water all over everything. I'm looking for a new machine right now and the reviews are very mixed, leaning to bad, on front loaders.
                          Tranquility Farm - Proud breeder of Born in the USA Sport Horses, and Cob-sized Warmbloods
                          Now apparently completely invisible!

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            You gals are fancy.

                            I look for old wringer washers, they live forever, and you can find them just about anywhere.

                            I keep one in the washbay for any horsey clothing
                            FMO:OMG I almost put my eye out hunting clique.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Go to the scratch and dent section of the big box stores--I got a real deal on a front load W/D set last fall that I put in the house. Never in my wildest DREAMS did I think I would have such machines!

                              Whirlpool Duet.

                              $750 for BOTH.

                              Then I got to the CS counter, got 10% off for using a Lowe's card.

                              Then I noticed a no money down no interest for six months offer for purchases over $250...

                              It was the most painless purchase I have ever made!
                              Inner Bay Equestrian
                              Facebook
                              KERx

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Tiki View Post
                                Do any of you guys have trouble with stuff getting caught in the door gasket and eroding it? I've read on-line reviews of complaints of that and causing the door to leak water all over everything. I'm looking for a new machine right now and the reviews are very mixed, leaning to bad, on front loaders.
                                I've been washing horse stuff in front loaders (3 different brands) for over 15 years now & never had that problem

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Best Washing Machine for Blankets....

                                  Easy, somebody else's machine. Take your blanket to the local laundramat when it's not busy...put all your blankets in their own machines and do em' all at one time.
                                  "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Trakehner View Post
                                    Best Washing Machine for Blankets....

                                    Easy, somebody else's machine. Take your blanket to the local laundramat when it's not busy...put all your blankets in their own machines and do em' all at one time.
                                    That would get your picture posted on the walls of the laundromats around here and your name on their blacklist.

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Home Front loaders....don't think so. I have been in the horse laundry business for years and yes I own a beautiful HET3 front load machine for the house. Washing some blankets in it taught me that it doesn't use enough water to actually soak and swish the blanket. If you figure out the ratio of gallons to your blanket, it "sprays" the blanket, then throws it around the machine barely wet and does the repeat on the rinses. They claim it can wash up to 16 pairs of jeans or a king size bedspread...NOT. I finally learned to connect a garden hose to my sink and add water to the machine via the deterget compartment and placing it on pause. The machine will only tolerate so much extra water before it goes to flashing F9 and dumps the extra water. Horse blankets need to be swished THROUGH water in order to remove sand and grit that has gotten into the binding and straps. The bigger the machine (commercial) and the more blankets you can wash at the same time, the cleaner they will come. I get blankets in for repair all the time that were done at home. Sorry...they get re-washed in my commercial triple front loader and you wouldn't believe the dirt that comes off. After my water adding revolution with my home washer, I now do all my personal laundry adding the extra water. The first few weeks I did this, I didn't need to add detergent to the laundry. The soap was STILL coming out of the clothes!! Major detergent build-up. I have friends who have the front loaders and they too have discovered what I did. Regarding washing blankets at home....if you are on a septic...be careful. Horse dander and hair will NOT break down and can cause damage to your system.
                                      As for laundermatts, in most places, washing pet bedding and horse blankets is a no-no.....a health law.

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        FYI, before doing the blankets in my home front loader, I hose them off and scrub the mud off them, then I wash them once or twice (until the water is clear) in a tub in the back yard. Then, I wash them in the machine for a final cleaning.

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X