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Maintaining Your Washing Machine

Maintaining your washing machine has got to be one of the most procrastinated and uninteresting things to do, second only to folding your laundry. Nevertheless, it needs to be done regularly in order to prevent any wear and tear, and to extend their lives. Here are some easy tips that you should try to do every month or so (at least not as frequent as vacuuming, right?) to make sure your laundry comes out fresh and clean every time!

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  1. Keep Those Hoses in Check 

Make sure the hoses are properly connected to the water source and regularly check for bends, cracks, or kinks. Further, check the condition of the outlet or drain hose from time-to-time as it takes out the dirty water, which may cause lint and micro fabric-particles to build up in the drain filter and block the pipe. Try to maintain at least a four-inch gap between your washing machine and the wall to prevent the hoses from kinking.

  1. Clean the Interior and Dispensers

As ironic as it sounds, your washer needs washing too! Every month or so, run an empty load of hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar. In the middle of the wash cycle, add half a cup of detergent and let the full cycle complete.

  1. Transfer Clean Laundry to the Dryer ASAP

We are not proud of this but sometimes we feel like taking 2-3 business days to finish a whole cycle of laundry, and let’s be honest, everyone does! As guilty as we are, it is not a good practice to let wet clothes stay in the washer for a long time as it can cause mold and mildew. Be sure to transfer the clean load to the dryer as soon as it’s done and you can put all your procrastination into folding your laundry.

  1. Clean the Rubber Seal

The washer door's rubber seal also needs to be cleaned regularly, with a half-half solution of water and vinegar (perfectly balanced, as all things should be). You can use Q-Tips for the hard-to-clean areas. Remove any bits of hair or fabric you may find as these trap odours and provide a wonderful home for mold. Use this solution to wipe the inside of the drum as well.

  1. Use the Appropriate Spin Speed 

A higher spin speed may make your clothes drier even before putting them in the dryer, but it can also cause extra wear and tear on the machine's inner parts, which might result in a shorter lifespan for your machine.

  1. Use the Right Detergent 

Every machine is different, so make sure you choose the right detergent for your model. Many energy-efficient washers require a low-sudsing HE detergent. Regular detergents produce many more more suds, which get accumulated over time. Since your high-efficiency machine uses less water, it gets difficult to rinse out, causing mold, and can even mechanically or electronically damage your machine. 

  1. More is Not Always Better

 Yes, you read that right! More detergent does not necessarily mean cleaner clothes. In fact, too much detergent can leave a residue on your clothes and may even cause wear and tear on your washer. Pods make it easy, but if you’re using liquid, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

  1. Don’t Overload It

As exhausting as it sounds, it’s always better to break up your laundry into smaller loads, especially heavy or bulky items. Oversized loads can damage your washer.

  1. Keep the Machine Levelled

When the washing machine is not levelled, it can vibrate, rock or even walk across the floor during the spin cycle, which may damage the floor or the machine. Balance the washer by turning the legs clockwise to lower it, and counter clockwise to raise it.

 

Using these simple maintenance practices regularly will make sure that your washing machines run smoothly for a long time, so that a non-functioning washing machine will not add to your existing list of excuses to avoid doing laundry.

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Published by Sarah - Goemans Appliance Expert on Wednesday, September 1st