One of the perks of the modern age is the number of house appliances that make our life easier. Many people can’t imagine their lives without washing machines. This is understandable, especially if you think about the old ways of washing clothes. Now, you get everything done with a push of a button. But to make sure that your washing machine will keep your clothes fresh and clean, you need to make sure to maintain it properly.
Yes, a washing machine needs to be cleaned, too. Incorrect maintenance can result in smelly clothes, leakage or in the worst case – breakage. If you’re not sure how to take care of your washing machine, don’t worry. Here are some useful maintenance tips on how to make your washing machine clean and your clothes outstanding.
Don’t overload your washing machine
Every washing machine comes with different capacities and washing cycles. Respecting these will ensure your machine works properly for years to come. The first and perhaps the most important tip is not to overload your washing machine.
Oversized loads may cause serious damage to your washer. It should be loosely filled so that the water and detergent can circulate properly. So make sure to break the load into smaller sections. This is especially important for quick and economic cycles. Respecting the capacity of your washing machine will ensure that it works efficiently.
Use the right amount of detergent and fabric softener
Almost every washing machine has a dispenser for detergent and fabric softener. These need to be cleaned regularly in order not to get clogged. If you can take out the dispensers then the rest of the job will be easy. You can wash them on your own or put them in a dishwasher. On the other hand, if the dispensers are fixed and you can’t pull them out, then clean them with a damp cloth.
If you get a residue after every wash then you might consider the type and the amount of the detergent that you’re using. If you’re unsure about the right amount, just follow the general instruction on the packaging. High-end washing machines may require less detergent or a specific kind, so make sure you check that, as well.
Deep-clean your washing machine
People rely on their appliances to deliver perfect results every time they use them. This is especially true for a washing machine. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Over time, appliances start experiencing different problems and stop performing the way they did. The same goes for your washing machine. If you’ve noticed that it’s started to lose its efficiency, it’s time for deep cleaning.
The Internet is overflowing with tips and tutorials on how to clean a washing machine so all you need to do is do some research. Hard water is one of the most common causes of the scaling that occurs due to micro-residuals. In this case, you need to pay more attention to cleaning your washing machine. One of the great ways to get rid of the scaling is to use a strong machine cleaner. There is a great variety of products to choose from and the price range can vary greatly.
You don’t have to go for the most expensive cleaner, but also, make sure you don’t buy the cheapest one if you want to get satisfying results.
Leave the door open after the wash
There’s a common misconception that if you leave the door of your washing machine open after the wash, it will allow many different bacteria to come in and cause mildew. In reality, it’s quite the opposite. Not allowing the unit to dry out can lead to mildew and musty odours.
When mould grows inside your washing machine, it starts to smell and consequently your clothes start to smell as well. To prevent that, leave the door open until the machine dries and give the door seals a quick dry. If you notice the mould, remove it with it a wet cloth and some strong detergent.
Clean behind the rubber gaskets
This part of a washing machine suffers a lot. Every time you open the door, it attracts micro dust particles. They accumulate in different parts of the gasket. What’s more, it’s also prone to residue from detergent and softener particles. When you start cleaning the drum, make sure to clean not only the top of the rubber bands but behind them as well.
Do it thoroughly. These hard-to-reach places are usually the places where mould accumulates so it’s important to clean them regularly. If there are layers of debris, you need to scrub it with some strong detergent. Otherwise, it’s enough to clean it with a wet cloth. You can finish by applying an anti-bacterial spray.
Keep the filters clean and empty
Most washing machines have a filter at the front of the washing machine. Like any other filter, it collects everything from hair to coins. Therefore, it’s essential to clean it regularly. The process itself is quite easy. Simply open the hatch and remove everything that may have stuck to the filter.
Maintaining your washing machine is important if you want it to continue working properly for the many years to come. Investing time and effort (and some money) into deep cleaning will not only prevent possible damages but it will ensure your clothes are clean, fresh, and soft.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.