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7 Washing Machine Tips To Keep It In Tip Top Shape

Written by deNovo / June 26, 2017

You depend on your washing machine to work every time you use it, and you use it a lot. On average, a family runs 400 loads of laundry a year. That’s a lot of wear and tear on your washing machine!

While you can’t prevent every issue that might arise, these seven washing machine tips can help extend the life of your washing machine and ensure it continues working as well as the day your bought it.

Every Time You Wash

These washing machine best practices will help your washer run as efficiently as possible, especially if done every time you wash.

Don’t Overload

Never overload your washing machine. If you have to stuff your clothes in, you have too many! Overloading your washer can throw your machine off balance and cause leaks.

Measure the Detergent

In addition to not overloading the washing machine with clothes, you should always make sure you’re using the right amount of detergent as well. Using too much detergent can cause residue on your clothes and excess wear and tear on your machine.

Keep it Level

Make sure to keep your washing machine level. If your floor is uneven or you’ve noticed your machine vibrating more violently, you may need to adjust your washer. Most washing machines have adjustable legs, so leveling your machine is relatively easy.

Open the Door

Another simple way to take care of your washer is to leave the door open between uses. This allows it to dry out and prevents mold and mildew from growing or clogging the washing machine.

Remove Your Clothes!

Removing your clothes as soon as they are done washing is another way to prevent mold and mildew from growing in the machine – and your clothes! Transfer your clothes to the dryer or clothes line as soon as the wash cycle is done to help your washing machine continue running strong!

Every Month or Less

Some tasks don’t need to be done more than once a month, if that, but can make a substantial difference in the life of your machine.

Inspect Hoses

Every month or so, inspect the hoses for leaks or signs of wear. If a hose appear to be week or damaged it should be replaced as quickly as possible. Even if your hoses don’t have any visible damage, replacing them every five years is an easy way to prevent leaks or water damage.

Wash Your Washing Machine

Soap, unfortunately, is not self-cleaning. Laundry detergent leaves residue which can build up in your machine and cause it to not run as efficiently. You can clean your washing machine by purchasing cleaner from the store or using a solution of vinegar and baking soda with hot water.

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