To make sure your washing machine lasts for as long as possible, it is important to look after it. Following simple steps can have a massive impact on the wash result of your clothes, for example the amount of powder you use. Powder will clog up the washing machine drawer and liquid will simply not rinse out effectively if you use too much. Make sure you stick to the guidelines on the pack for the best wash results. Most washing machine drums are larger than they used to be; 5-9kgs. More washing space equals more dirt to wash out. For larger washing machine drums, you will need to increase the level of detergent you use.
Another aspect to think about is the growth of bacteria in and around the appliance. Washing machines are the perfect breeding ground with a warm environment and constant contact with germs for bacteria to grow. Ensure that you wipe the door seal regularly with a dry, clean cloth to prevent bacteria from having anywhere to hide. Run the machine on a hot wash occasionally, especially if you normally wash at low temperatures, to kill germs and bacteria.
Energy saving can also help your machine to not work as hard, wash clothes on the shortest cycle and with the lowest water level that you need. Use the half-load setting if you really cannot wait to wash a full load. Why waste the water and energy when you don’t need to? Use a cold water, or 30 degree cycle when possible. This might not be practical for baby clothes, underwear or gym kits but you’ll be surprised at how much comes clean at lower temperatures.
Filter maintenance is another big part of looking after your machine. Forgetting to clean your washing machine filter can result in a poor wash result or even a disastrous leak! Follow our easy instructions to give your filter the once over:
- Unplug the machine to make it safe to remove the filter
- Place a bowl near the filter to collect any water that may still be inside
- Open the filter cover
- Pull out and place the emergency draining tube over your bowl, then drain the water.
- Unscrew the debris filter cap
- Remove dirt and any blockages
- Replace the filter, cap and draining tube.