Every Mac could stand a little housecleaning. Over the weeks and months and years we Mac users accumulate plenty of cruft and crud; files we don’t need, apps that don’t get used, cache files that take up space.
Most of us have language files on our Macs for languages we don’t even speak. Between file dupes, outdated apps, bloated cache files, and the like, a little spring cleaning (even if it’s in summer) could be what you need to make your Mac more pristine and perform better.
Enter the Washing Machine app for Mac users who are too busy to do their own digital housecleaning. The premise behind Washing Machine is simple. It scours your Mac (digitally, not literally; no water or detergents are involved) for files you probably don’t need, by size, by file type, and makes them available for deletion.
The concept is brilliant. The need is obvious. The user interface is futuristic eye candy.
With a few clicks you can be on your way to cleaner caches, empty downloads folders, unused language files discarded, logs removed, and files trashed and emptied.
What’s not to like?
Well, the buttons are nice. And Washing Machine does exactly what you expect it do it if your expectations are totally inline with Washing Machine standards. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a collection of solutions looking for a few problems that most Mac users really don’t have.
Space on your Mac can be reclaimed with a few clicks.
Washing Machine scans your Mac’s files for duplicates and files that can be purged without mucking up OS X. That means photos, music, movies, Documents, archives, folders, and anything else that smells like an action item to delete gets scanned, and you get an option to destroy through a secure delete process (so the onus is always on you; so you can’t blame the Washing Machine).
While I like what Washing Machine does, and many users new to the Mac may feel an impulsive need for an app that does such voracious cleaning, it’s also not an app you’re likely to use every day. I’m thinking spring cleaning.