The Dos and Don’ts of Loading Into the Washing Machine
Loading clothing and sheets into the washing machine – simple enough, right? Not always. It’s important to use the washing machine properly for the cleanest clothes and the most optimal results.
Ready to step up your laundry game? We’ll be covering both basic and some lesser-known dos and don’ts of loading laundry.
Do Leave Your Washing Machine Open After Washes
Do you leave your washing machine door open after each wash? If not, you should be. This allows the machine to air out and become less humid after each washing. This ultimately prevents mold and mildew from growing.
If items you throw into the machine come back smelling bad, it’s a good idea to air and clean the machine.
Don’t Overload Your Washing Machine
If there are too many garments clumped together inside the machine, there won’t be space for any tumbling action. Detergent and water won’t seep into clothes properly, and clothes will have to be cleaned again.
As a general rule of thumb, laundry should not exceed three-quarters of the washing tub. Alternatively, there should be at least 6 inches of space between your clothes and the top of the washing tub.
Do Put Delicates in a Laundry Bag
Delicates like underwear, tights, silks, and lingerie should be placed in a laundry bag before washing. This helps to keep these pieces looking new and avoids the snagging that inevitably happens inside the washing machine. Don’t have a laundry bag? You can use a pillowcase to protect your delicates instead.
Don’t Use Too Much Detergent
Ever take out a load of laundry and it still feels sticky? It’s not a great feeling, and the culprit is simply using too much detergent. Too much detergent doesn’t add any value to cleaning your load, and you’ll likely have to rewash the load to get rid of that strong detergent smell as well.
Carefully follow the instructions listed on the labeling of your detergent to ensure you are using the ideal amount.
Do Clean Your Washing Machine
Wait, doesn’t a washing machine clean itself? Not really. While a washing machine cleans your load, all the dirt and debris from your load gets stuck in the machine. With each use, your washing machine will get progressively dirtier. Aim to clean your washing machine once or twice a month.
How? It’s easy! Set the washing machine to a hot cycle and add a cup of white vinegar. Then, start up the machine and wait for the magic to happen. The vinegar will get rid of bad odors, kill bacteria, and dislodge dirt.
Don’t Attempt to Fix Serious Problems By Yourself
Blocked water pipes or other cleaning problems can most often be solved by consulting the manual. Simple problems can be fixed with DIY approaches, and we commend that. You can save a great deal of money.
Still, you need to stay away from attempting to fix any serious problems – especially if they deal with electrical or plumbing issues. The electric and plumbing of your machine require a professional’s experience and insight, and it’ll keep you away from harm.