you possess a never-ending supply of money and never
wear the same outfit twice, laundry is an essential part
of life. While the sudsy concept may seem simple enough,
some of us make small mistakes that may hurt the washing
machine over time. Prevent premature calls to appliance
repair technicians by avoiding these user errors.
emptying your pockets
that destroyed $20 bill is the only reason itís a bad
idea not to empty your pockets before doing laundry?
Think again. Non-clothing objects in the washer can clog
the water drain. Accidentally leave a piece of gum or
tissue behind, and youíll have twice the mess to
clean, not to mention the damage it can do to the inner
workings of the washer.
you may think jamming just one more pair of jeans in
with that full load wonít hurt anything, overstuffing
your washer makes the machine work too hard.
the washer puts unnecessary wear on it and eats up
energy. In top-loading machines, the central agitator
needs room to do its job. Plus, if you pack too many
clothes into the machine, some detergent residue could
be left behind ó which will attract more dirt next
time you wear the clothes.
to clean out dispensers
youíre finished washing a load of laundry, wipe down
the detergent and fabric softener dispensers. If you donít,
the build-up could cause a clog.
too much detergent
is not always better. Not only will using excess soap
leave your clothes sudsy and stiff, it will also wear on
your machine. Plus, using too much soap leads to more
suds, which could cause your washer to overflow. Have a
high efficiency washer? They require even less soap to
wash clothing properly, so be sure to skimp on the
detergent and only use soaps marked safe for HE washers.
taking clothes out right away
your clothes in the washing machine overnight or waiting
a while to transfer them to the dryer or line may seem
harmless, but lingering moisture provides the ideal
environment for mold and mildew to grow and will lead to
a foul-smelling machine and laundry. Itís also a good
idea to leave the washer lid open after you unload it,
so the inside can dry out.