Doing the laundry is an important part of today's life so investing in a good washing machine is crucial, and buying quality clothing that lasts is just as important, but both can be ruined if you do your laundry incorrectly.
There's no escaping laundry, but there's useful tips that can help you improve the results that you get from your laundry duties.
We all know the panic and stir we get into when the machine breaks down, especially if you have small children who need changing 3 times a day.
Being equipped with laundry tips and tricks helps to keep your machine going, saves you valuable time and stress, gets the best wash results, saves you from unnecessary expenses and makes your washing machine serve you even longer.
Use the correct detergent:
Dirty laundry results could be due to using a cheap brand of soap powder.
Cheaper soap powders don't dissolve in water easily as they lack certain ingredients that soften the water, soap doesn't lather as easily and as a result they don't wash the clothes properly and often leave white traces of soap on your clothing, and can cause the skin to itch.
Generally detergents not only remove dirt from your clothes, they also trap the dirt in the water until the drain pump expels it from the washing machine.
Cheap soap powders don't trap the dirt in the water, this causes grime to remain on the clothes, and stick to the inside corners of the washing machine drum.
They also lack the right ingredients to deal with high levels of calcium magnesium carbonates in hard water that make up limescale. Limescale causes major damage in the machine, like blockages and leaks.
Use the correct soap powder dosage:
A common fault with washing machine users is over filling the soap box. This can lead to the soap box hose becoming blocked, and cause flooding from the soap box down the front of the washing machine.
It can also lead to the base of the soap box building up a layer of soap, which causes water to trickle into the top facia panel of the machine and run down the inside of the machine, causing rust build up and corrosion all the way to the bottom of the washing machine.
Worse still water can find its way inside the machine and blow the programme or the facial control panel.
Always read users instructions on the soap powder box for the correct dosage.
Ensure the fabric conditioner dispenser is also free from soap powder and sludge, as this will cause water to leak too.
Always Read The Label
What is the right amount of soap to use?
We've seen some customers use 2 cups of soap powder, some 1 and a half cups, and some half a cup!
No wonder washing results can vary from household to household!
The general recommended dosage for a 6kg load of clothes is 110 grams of washing powder.
If the laundry is very soiled you'll need to add another 70 grams, if you live in a hard water area add another 30 grams a total of 210 grams.
These variations of different types of dirt and grime on clothing, size of the laundry load, and the different types of detergents, liquid, capsules, tablets, powders with fabric conditioner in them, and powders without, makes obtaining the correct laundry results a difficult task.
Always read the label on the soap powder box, the liquid bottle, and the capsule box for the correct dosage.
Soap powder or liquid soap, which one is best?
The truth is both are!
Depending on the type and colour of the clothes that you choose to wash.
For whites it's best if you use washing powder as manufacturers are able to add bleach in the soap powder ingredients. Plus it makes white white.
For colour clothing use liquid soap so your clothes last longer, and colour doesn't fade as quickly.
Avoid overloading the machine with laundry:
Resist the urge to get more laundry done in a shorter space of time by stuffing your drum to the top with laundry.
Your clothes won't wash properly and won't be able to remove any stains on them.
There's also the risk of soap powder being left in the clothing that contains bleach, which can burn small children's skin, or anyone with thin or who suffers from allergies, this can also trigger allergies.
The correct way to load a machine is to fill the drum two thirds of the way up, and leave the other third for water and air.
Overloading the machine can cause flooding through the soap box and strain the ball bearings in the washing machine drum. It can also cause the spring and the suspension legs to break.
The drum can spin unevenly and bang the sides or the back, breaking components inside the machine in process.
Your drum bearings have been made to comfortably deal with the capacity printed on the washing machine whether it be 6kg, 7kg e.g. We once took clothes out of a drum that weighed 15kg from a machine with a 7kg capacity, the customer was complaining that her laundry wasn't washing properly!
Ensure your laundry load is even:
Many times we receive complaints from our customers that their machines are banging forward and backward, jumping up and down knocking side to side, hopping out into the kitchen floor.
Ok we have exaggerated a bit, but we really do get complaints like that sometimes. We arrive only to find that our customer has decided to do a bed linen wash, in goes sheets, pillar cases, towels, and bed spreads.
What happens when towels are washed together is they roll up like a football, like a medicine ball, and cause the washing machine as a result to move around crazily and jump up and down as a result.
What needs to be done is to ensure your wash is even, balanced, wash your towels with your trousers, shirts, jumpers, shorts etc. So clothes don't stick together because now they'll all be uneven.
Ensure you have enough clothes in the machine:
Underloading clothes is not as bad as overloading but again knowing how much clothes to put in your drum as well as how much detergent to use, is very important
especially with new machines
These days under-loading is more likely to result in the washer simply refusing to spin so you end up with a finished cycle but wet laundry. If you have experienced some loads reaching the end of the cycle and not going into fast spin, then one possible explanation could be that you have under loaded it or are trying to wash and spin just one or two items.
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