Some washing machines are larger than others, but what size do you need?  Have you wondered as “what is the cubic feet of my whirlpool washer?” It all depend on the washing machine capacity.

Often we see a washing machine described as a 5kg machine or a 10kg washer. This does not indicate the weight of the machine. It is the capacity.

This article will explain what washing machine capacity means and whether a large or small machine is suitable for you.

What is washing machine capacity?

Though the range of common washing capacities for old machine is 3.2 to 3.5 cubic feet, it has grown over the period and nowadays, capacity below the 3.0 cubic feet is considered as small while anything above the 3.8 cubic feet is termed as large.

The description you see under a washing machine’s name as 5 kg washer or 7.5 kg machine is not the weight referred to the machine itself. It describes the laundry load that the machine can do comfortably without taking too much time and without using extra power.

Now you may wonder whether the capacity in kilograms is measured in dry or wet clothes? Remember, it is always estimated according to the weight of dry clothes. When you see a washer described as a 10 kg machine, you know that it can comfortably clean the 10 kg load of the dry laundry.

Washing Capacity:

Washing Machine Capacity

The exact amount you can fit into the machine will vary depending on the style and fabric of your clothes.

However, as a general rule, a standard 1 kg machine means it can wash five t-shirts in a single load comfortably. Let’s take a closer look at what capacity is ideal for you.

6 kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 30 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x6 Small towels x5
Trouser/Jeans x2 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x10
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

7kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 35 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x10 Small towels x5
Trouser/Jeans x4 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x20 Duvet cover
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

9 kg washing machine

This washing machine can wash 45 t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x12 Small towels x6
Trouser/Jeans x5 Bedsheets/tablecloths x2
Pairs of socks/underwear x22 Duvet cover
Pairs of pillowcases or one jumper

 10kg+ washing machine

This washing machine can wash 50+ t-shirts at single load comfortable but for normal use:

Clothes

Household items

Lightweight tops x15 Small towels x8
Trouser/Jeans x5 Bedsheets/tablecloths x3
Pairs of socks/underwear x30 Duvet cover x2
Pairs of pillowcases or two jumper

Other key factors:

Before deciding the right size for you/your family consider a few facts such as –

  • Number of family members
  • Availability of space
  • How frequently do you wash
  • Type of clothing you wash

Note on big things:

If you wish to wash bulky items like blankets or curtains, then you are going to need lots of room inside your washer to properly do that. A small washing machine, especially the top loaders, will not provide you with enough space to conduct this type of cleaning. It could damage or tear them while washing in a top loader washer.

On the other hand, the front loader machines can handle cleanings pretty smoothly. You will need at least a 10kg capacity of washer if you wish to clean blankets or curtains in it.

Load Type:

There are two types of washing machines available – Top load machine and front load machine. Both have their different capacities and specification. Let’s see what matches your requirements? – a top loader one or a front loader one?

Top Loading Washing Machine –

The top-loading washing machines usually come with a central agitator. You have to put your laundry from the top to the tub. The wash program to choose from is limited. However, it is user-friendly and easy to use. It is not recommended to wash bulky items in top-loading washers.

Front Loading Washing Machine –

The front-loading washers have impellers instead of agitators. Both of them do the same job of rotation. They offer better wash quality and have many wash programs to choose from. The tub in this machines is placed horizontally. Also, it requires little water to soak and is ideal for washing curtains or blankets.

Available Space:

A standard washing machine is generally 85 cm high x 59-60 cm wide x 50-60 cm deep. Make sure you have the correct measurement of your room and have enough space to accommodate the washer that you will be buying.

We hope the topics we discussed above will help you choose the right capacity washing machine for you and your family. Make sure to set your priorities and then go through the washer’s description thoroughly to know more about it.

The tummy is now showing and your well into a few weeks of pregnancy. The do’s and don’ts increase and you want to just leave it all behind with a dip in the pool. But, before you get in there please get a clear ok from your gynaecologist. There are some pregnancies where swimming is disagreed. Well if you get the nod, then first get yourself the right maternity swimwear. So that there is enough space for your bulging belly.

No need to get upset if you are not able to find the right fit, in fact there is a new range exclusively for pregnant women. Get to know first, where these are available. The material has to be a mix of Lycra and spandex. Spandex allows the material to enlarge according to your increasing size, while still giving you comfort.

A fitted bra that has to be fastened or fitted cups would be preferable to just a plain swimsuit. Your choice begins from a one piece swimsuit or to a two piece suit. If you feel a little shy about your bulge in a two-piece suit try out a tankini, a close relative of the bikini, only here the top is long that ends just about the hip.

You can choose a strapless or even a halter tankini. There are styles that will make you feel good about being pregnant. Small prints, floral prints, contrasting colours, polka dots, dual combinations and more are up for grabs. However these varieties ask you to be selective. Choose a print that flatters your curves and ups your style quotient. Don’t think otherwise, that once you are in water, nobody will be watching you. So buy a swimwear that will last you longer and will look good on you now and even after you have put on a few pounds. You are pregnant, but that does not stop you from having the sudden longing and desire to be at the poolside and enjoying the warm sun, lazing, lounging, and tanning.

And of course most pregnant women experience this desire but are embarrassed to sport a bathing suit by the poolside. And those few who are willing to go ahead and sport them don’t know what would be the right kind of maternity swimwear to purchase. Here are a few tips to help you in finding the right kind of maternity swimwear. Before considering a swim, it is advisable to take the consent from your gynaecologist. In some cases of pregnancy, swimming may not be permitted.

A two piece maternity swimsuit that features extra support would be an ideal pick to keep you comfortable during your pregnancy. A single piece skirted swimsuit might be a comfortable maternity swimwear and might help you in feeling less conscious of your lovable little bulge in the belly.

A fabulously flattering wrap front tankini that comes in a slightly longer, belly-covering length would probably be the safest and yet a sexy maternity swimwear to sport. It ideally camouflages your little bulge and flatters your form during your pregnancy.  These are available sports shops, maternity stores & malls in major cities.

Medical uniforms have always meant fitted white dresses and white nurse caps. More recently, however, nurses and doctors tend to wear scrubs. Scrubs constitute of a pair of cotton or cotton/polyester pants with a drawstring, accompanied by a short sleeved, v-neck top of the same material. Occasionally medical uniforms still include the white coat indicating one is a doctor or nurse practitioner as hospitals make specific recommendations for medical uniforms.

Scrubs became popular in the medical profession owing to the fact that most doctors and nurses work exceptionally long hours, and should have access to comfortable clothing. And hence surgeons and surgical nurses always wear scrubs when in operating rooms. Scrubs are easier to change when required. Early scrubs tended to be either green or light blue. Nurses often wore a more feminine colour like peach or pink. These scrubs are mostly made of cotton and polyester. Medical uniforms got a new boost when manufacturers began to offer scrubs in prints of varying kinds. These became frequent choices of those working with children. Scrubs with cartoons/ paintings of animals like rabbits, or even popular TV cartoon characters are useful in reducing fear of hospitalized children. You can either shop online or if you want to know exactly how the fits feel, you are probably trying your uniforms in the store. If you are a part of the surgical team, the first priority is cleanliness. If not please follow the colour guideline. For example, a paediatric department will have a different colour dress than the maternity department. When you are sick and down on the hospital bed, you put all your faith into the hands of this individual. The one who’s wearing a white lab-coat, stethoscope around the neck and a well groomed attire. The doctor.

The doctor has an air of certainty in him. And that white lab-coat accentuates it. In the operation theatre he and his staff are uniformed from head to toe. A shower cap covers the head in totality, hands in gloves and armed with equipment they get down to work. Isn’t it breathtaking looking at the medical staff in their uniforms doing their good deeds? These doctors stand tall in their normal clothes jacketed with pristine white lab-coats with two low pockets. Doctors all over the world predominantly wear this uniform. Other medical uniforms include a self-green top and pant, widely used in America. There are other pastel shades taken up by medical institutions in different parts of the world.

Wonder why light, pastel shades are preferred by medical institutions ? Maybe because they represent cleanliness and as the doctor is the epitome of hygiene, he is juxtaposed to the colour white.

After the humid hot, or dry hot season, especially in the month of October, everyone in India awaits the winter season. But then, not every part of India actually gets to experience the thrills and chills of snowfall-winter. That is primarily for the northern belt, close to the Himalayas, as well as the northeastern belt. For the rest of the country it is a fall in temperature going upto 5 degrees Celsius, and lower in a few places.

Whether there is a vast difference between the hot summers and cold winters, or not, the lower temperatures does cal for warm clothing. In certain parts of India the winter temperature goes to the lowest of 15 degrees Celsius, which would be considered summer for certain other parts of the world.

Whatever, maybe the temperature the threads to be worn, should be ideally knitted. To define clothing for cold weather climate is not a very difficult task. This is because while people can continue wearing to office or at home normal clothing, it is the outside wear that needs to be elaborated. What is this is outside wear? It would be the sweaters, pullovers, mufflers, overcoats, as well as the inner thermals.

The reason why people need not be too bothered about the normal clothing is because in doors the heating provisions keep the temperature to a normal level.

As far as the sweaters, pullovers, mufflers, overcoats and thermal wear are concerned, it varies from region-to-region, depending on the severity of the winter winds. For instance, in the northern and northeastern states of India, one is required to be fully protected, as the temperatures go down to over minus 10 degrees Celsius. From head to toe they need to wear very thick clothing, in fact layers of clothing that would include inner thermal wear, sweater, over coat, wrap a muffler around the neck, a monkey cap, boots with woolen lining and woolen sock within, along with gloves. Yes, it sound like a lot, but try walking otherwise in the winters!

On the other hand, in most other regions of India, especially towards the south, the winters are rather mild, so one would require a sweater. If in case it is extremely dry then gloves help to protect the hands from scaling, and wearing socks and shoes is advisable, irrespective of the temperate zone one resides in.

The best and most reasonable bargains as far as clothing for cold weather climate is concerned, happens during off season, just after the winters. It may sound a little funny, but actually the best time to buy woolen clothing is after the winter season, and not just as it approaches, as that is the time the shopkeepers make most of it being an essential commodity.