A washing machine is an essential household appliance that we rely on to clean our laundry. While it keeps our clothes and textiles clean and fresh, many people do not give it the care and maintenance it needs. What they do not know is that regular maintenance can prevent the common washer problems such as foul smells, draining issues, and breakdowns, and make it last longer.
Below are a few useful tips to keep your washing machine running smoothly.
It’s normal for detergent or fabric conditioner residue to build up inside your washer. Therefore, use a cleaner or hot water with vinegar and baking soda to clean it and keep it smelling fresh. Also, clean the fabric softener dispenser using a damp rag and hot water. In addition, wipe down the door, drum, and gasket to make sure the washer doesn’t give off odors. Do not forget to clean the lint filter as well.
Use the right amount of detergent
Read the owner’s manual to ensure you use the right detergent and in the appropriate amount. Too much detergent will not make your clothes cleaner but can cause excess wear and tear on your machine and can leave residue on your clothing.
Avoid overloading it
Overloading the washer can affect the machine balance, prevent your laundry from washing properly, and reduce spin efficiency. Wash heavy items like beddings and towels in small loads and always use the appropriate amount of water. Most importantly, follow the appliance instruction manual for the appropriate loading sizes.
Check the hoses
Sometimes the hoses can leak or burst, thereby creating a problem. Therefore, check them regularly for signs of wear or weakening. If you notice a blister-like bubble or cracks, consider replacing the hoses.
Keep it level
If your washer is not level, with all four feet touching the floor, it might move back and forth and cause strong vibrations on the floor and walls. Balance the machine by turning the legs to make sure it’s level.
Leave the door open after every wash
It’s good to leave the door open for a few minutes after every wash to allow fresh air to circulate and prevent germs from breeding. This will remove the foul smells and keep the washer fresh.