Washing Machine Propaganda
The woman who wrote this article is either a complete moron or a propagandist for the environmentalists who have ruined our washing machines. https://www.yahoo.com/news/yes-washing-machine-using-enough-230653875.html
The comments under the article are full of people disagreeing with her. Anyone with half a brain can see that laundry doesn't get as clean with the newer machines. My towels actually started developing a terrible smell from bacteria building up - because the new washing machine doesn't wash good enough. I have to wash them on extra-heavy, with vinegar in the fabric softener cup. Then I do an extra rinse with a LOT of added vinegar. Then I do another extra rinse with plain water. For other laundry, I still use vinegar in place of fabric softener, but I only do one extra rinse, with plain water. Plus I have to make my loads smaller than what previous washers would handle with no problem. I can't wash two sets of sheets in the same load anymore. That takes two separate loads now.
I'm using a lot more water and energy with this "water efficient", "energy efficient" washer than I ever did with my previous washing machines. That's not even counting the extra time and effort for me. That plus the refrigerator problems caused by "energy efficiency" have really made me hate environmentalists. They're putting me through all this aggravation, and it isn't even saving water or energy! But I guess they can feel self-righteously proud of themselves, and that's more important than doing something real for the environment.