7 Tips to Maintaining Your Washing Machine
A healthy and clean washing machine will save you money by prolonging the life of the machine, and by doing a better job of cleaning your dirty laundry.
And who doesn’t want to save money – in any economy, right? A little prevention and care now can pay big dividends in the long run. New laundry machines are expensive, so of course, you want yours to last as long as possible.
Perform Regular Maintenance
So, if your washing machine is still running fine and you’re happy with it, here are seven inexpensive things you can do to help keep it that way.
1. Check water hoses. Look for cracking, fraying, or bulging hoses, as well as leaks around the ends. Replace hoses as needed or every three to five years. You don’t want a little leak to end up flooding your home!
2. Don’t overload the machine. Be sure not to pack clothes and other laundry items into the basket. A heavy load can throw the washer off balance and ruin the rhythm, which will affect the quality of the wash.
If you have heavy or very bulky items, consider washing them in smaller loads to make it easier on your washer.
3. Keep the machine level and stable. You don’t want it to rock or “walk” during the spin cycle, as this could damage the machine’s electronics as well as the floor. Try adjusting the front legs to level it out; if that doesn’t work, try adjusting the rear legs.
Most washing machines have self-adjusting back legs so all you may need to do it have someone help you tip the machine forward so the rear legs lift off the floor about three or four inches before carefully setting it back down. Otherwise, you may need to adjust the rear legs by hand to make it sit level.
4. Measure the detergent. Make sure it’s the right type and amount for your type of washer. Many energy-efficient washers require a low-sudsing HE detergent.
Too much detergent won’t clean your clothes any better, in fact, just the opposite. Too much detergent will also create a build-up of product in your machine.
5. Leave the door open. After each load, leave the door open to allow the moisture to evaporate. This will help prevent mold and mildew.
6. Clean the outside. Wipe down the outside of the machine from inevitable spills and stains, especially if you use a detergent with harsh chemicals. Liquid detergents and stain removers can damage the finish.
7. Clean the inside, including all dispensers, regularly. Detergent build-up will force your machine to work harder to get your clothes clean. Build-up can also lead to mold and mildew.
Keep in mind that you are always putting dirty laundry into your washing machine, so it only makes sense that it needs regular cleaning, too.
An easy solution for keeping the inside of your washing machine clean and healthy!
As well as making your laundry cleaner and fresher, is to use an OdorCrush? washing machine cleaner tablet. All-natural, OdorCrush? was created from sustainably sourced, eco-friendly detergents that help dissolve odor-causing residues that can lead to mold and mildew.