3 Tips on Maintaining a Washing Machine

Most people don’t fully appreciate their washing machine until it stops working. They toss piles of clothes in it day-after-day without spending any time or care maintaining it. While washing machines typically don’t require a lot of maintenance, there are a few things owners can do improve their overall effectiveness and ability to wash clothes; here’s how:


Don’t Overload It

I think we’ve all been guilty of packing more clothes in our washing machine than what it’s made for. After all, loading our washing machine up to the top with clothes saves us both time and energy, so what’s the problem? Well, washing machines are forced to work in overdrive when you overload it, and although you may think it saves you time and energy, it actually doesn’t clean your clothes as well. In fact, overloading your washing machines creates a huge ball of clothes that oftentimes tears and rips as it spins through the cycles. The bottom line is that you should only fill your washing machine up with the specified amount of clothes it’s capable of carrying. Typically, this information is located in both the user manual and on label stuck to the machine somewhere.

Keep It Level

Does you washing machine bounce around when you turn it on? If so, there’s a good chance it’s not level properly. Hearing your washing machine bounce around may seem like a tiny nuisance, but it can actually cause damage to your machine if you allow it to continue. In severe cases, washing machines can literally jump out of place, causing damage to the surrounding wall and furnishings. To prevent this, you’ll need to level out your machine. If you look underneath your washing machine, you should see adjustable knobs. You can turn these knobs to even out corners that aren’t level.

Clean Your Machine

Most people assume that washing machines don’t need cleaning simply because that’s their job. While this is usually the case, it’s not uncommon for some machines to produce a funky-smelling odor. The reason for this is that soap and liquid fabric softeners travel down into the machine where the sit and turn to mildew. Because the water doesn’t easily travel here, there’s no way for it to go away by washing loads of clothes. In this case, it’s best to run a few loads with a cup of bleach water. Th bleach should be able to get down into the problematic areas and break up any mildew or odor-causing material.