Are you worried that you might not be using your washing machine the right way? If you are, have no fear, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last. Many make washing machine mistakes, which is why we’ve put together a list of mistakes to look out for so you don’t make them again. Read on for our four tips on how to handle your washing machine like a pro.
Don’t Overload Your Machine
This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s also one of the most important tips we can offer you. Every machine has its limits and for you to take care of your machine it is important to make sure you don’t push the limit on yours. When a machine is too full the dirt inside it gets trapped, the detergent and water don’t reach the right places and your clothes stay dirty. Plus, it puts unnecessary stress on your machine.
Using the Same Cycle
Every load is unique, and usually they need their own setting to ensure your clothes are cleaned properly (and don’t get damaged). Of course it is safe to use the ‘delicate’ or ‘regular’ setting for your average load, however it’s important to remember the other settings are there for good reason. A good example is some of the hotter water settings that are perfect for removing stains or whitening clothes.
Not Cleaning the HE Washer
HE does not mean the man that cleans the machine. He’s the plumber and he can clean himself. The HE washers are high-efficiency washers and they need a little extra TLC. In the washer, detergent and grime don’t always drain well and it’s important to clean them to make sure they don’t develop strange odors and grit that can wind up tainting your clothing. So make sure you flush the dispensers and give them a good clean now and again.
Using Too Much Detergent
Most modern washing machines are water-friendly, meaning they use less water than older machines, even though modern detergents are more concentrated today than ever before. If you use too much detergent it could break down fabrics and wear your machine out faster than expected. To find out if you’re using too much detergent, add four or five clean towels to your machine in hot water, without detergent. If you see suds on the towels, you need to use less detergent when using your machine. Good luck!