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A Low Level of Agitation

January 18th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

sweaterSo I’m washing a few sweaters today in my clothes washer. It says on the tags to use cold water and the gentle cycle on the machine, which I am.

Just for giggles I thought I’d watch the action going on under the lid for awhile. I’m not real sure what is supposed to happen so I’m doing some research and found:

Agitation – the act of agitating something; causing it to move around (usually vigorously)

Agitated – troubled emotionally and usually deeply

Going by the first definition, I have to say that is not what is happening.

  • There is some movement but it’s far from vigorous and since the washer is set to gentle I’m not exactly expecting anything too violent.
  • The sweater on the top must be unable to swim since it’s determined not to be pulled under by the current.
  • After a good 5 minutes, the sweater on top still is floating with parts of it remaining dry.

Maybe gentle is too gentle? Before the second definition sets in, I gave the regular agitation setting a try and that setting is working, vigorously churning the sweaters from top to bottom through the water. Alas, the tags indicate a gentle setting is recommended. Nowhere does it say what the consequences are if those instructions are ignored, so I may become quite agitated (deeply troubled) when the machine is finished.

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