3 Things You Should Never Do With a Washing Machine

For most families and homeowners, a washing machine is an appliance they can't live without. Instead of hand washing each and every article of clothing, you can toss them into a washing machine and let it do the hard work for you. Not only does this same you time and energy, but it will likely result in cleaner clothes as well. However, some owners use their washing machine in ways that can damage the unit and/or the clothes. Here we'll take a look at 3 things you should never do with a washing machine.

#1 – Not Checking Pockets

While most people know they should check the pockets of any pants before tossing them into the washing machine, it's easy slack off and forget. I think we've all been guilty of throwing pants into the washing machine without checking the pockets first. After all, it's quicker and usually won't cause any problems. However, the reason why you should always check your pockets is because things like coins, pens and other small items can wreck havoc on an otherwise perfect washing machine. Coins can get stuck down around the motor where they slowly break down the surrounding gears, or they can travel down into the drain pipe where they cause a backup. In any case, you need to check the pockets of your pants and remove any items from them before tossing them into the washing machine.


#2 – Washing Multiple Colors Together

You can sometimes get away with washing multiple colored clothes together, but it's generally a good idea to separate them beforehand. Trying to wash different colors in one load increases the chance that they will bleed into one another. That perfectly clean white shirt may now have streaks of red or blue running through it, which is something no one wants to see happen. Try to get into the habit of making separate pile of clothes for various colors, as this will help protect the color of your clothes.

#3 – Running Loads That Are Too Big

When the clothes start piling up, you may feel inclined to simply throw them altogether in one big washing machine load. The problem in doing this, however, is that it places a greater strain on your unit, sometimes even damaging it in the process. Most washing machines have a label on the top that states exactly how many clothes you can place in a single load. Always follow the unit's load specifications to ensure you don't accidentally overload it.