I don't know why my vote doesn't show up.
Oh, goodness, we have whites washes, despite the animals, or maybe because of them! half of DH's work shirts are white, then all the white bedding....etc etc
Problem is, we have siamese cats...the dark hairs get on light stuff, the light hairs get on dark stuff, you can't win! DH bought some new breeches for riding this week and they are dry clean only, I hit the roof! Not least because they are beige, and were meant to be everyday jods, why he could not have gone for a dark and machine washable pair I do not know!
I barely remeber top loaders from US, but its true that in modern front loaders washing does come out pretty well spun. But its not magic, and stuff still needs to dry. Hanging out in good weather or windy days does most things, radiators or a bathtop rail help in miserable weather. A huge amount of people in UK do not have Driers, and even fewer in Italy.
I have to say that for DH's shirts, I put them on to spin again, then iron them dry often, so I get a really good crisp finish on those double cuffs. Thank goodness no body wears detachable collars and cuffs in Italy, in UK I have to deal with that sort of rubbish too!
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