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How to use your washing machine more efficiently

If you’re like most folks, you probably don’t like to spend more time on the wash than is necessary.

Fortunately, there’s a quick trick, or a tiny trade secret about the inner workings of your washing machine, that will save you time and effort next time you go to do your wash.


We’re going to enlighten you, by explaining the modern marvel of your washing machine’s internal system, its plumbing and water supply control; and how that technology will help you add minutes to your day, perhaps even a precious hour or two to your month. Over the course of a year, such things add up!

Not only will you have more freedom—time to walk the dog, maybe squeeze in a cat nap—but you’ll also be free to display your machine how you choose, in a more visually pleasing way within your home, and without any unsightly “stop taps” in view.

History behind stop taps

Every washing machine has what are called “stop taps”, typically behind your washing machine. The hot and cold water pipes (sometimes just one pipe for both hot and cold) come out the back of your machine and connect to the stop taps. Stop taps feed into the wall, then into the plumbing, which goes to the water supply, etc.

Technology has changed over the years. Once, when home appliance technology wasn’t what it is now, washing machines didn’t have their own internal plumbing controlling the inflow of water. Back then, this meant you had to manually turn the washing machine’s stop taps on and off.

Stop taps today

Today, there are plenty of people who may not yet realize that, with new technology available, our lives can all be made a little simpler. So while you might be filling the machines with dirty clothes, turning the stop tap on, then letting the machine fill with water and do its business, until finally turning the stop tap off once it’s finished, there’s actually an easier and more efficient way…

Because your washing machine has its own plumbing, as good as the plumbing throughout your home, you don’t have to worry about stop taps. You can leave your stop tap on all the time between washes, without having to worry about turning them off. If you do one wash on Monday, for example, and then another two days later on Wednesday, you don’t need to remember or be concerned about turning your stop taps on and off!

Now you’re also free to conceal your stop taps. Set them up behind a cupboard, or underneath a shelf. You don’t have to worry about easy access or constantly turning them on and off.

So take some time off for yourself. Brew a coffee! Or just relax! Especially now that you’ve got some extra time.

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