We don’t realize how tough a load of laundry is on our washer because that’s the appliance’s job; however, the amount of hot water constantly running through a machine can actually deter it from working at it’s best. Just because it’s getting water, doesn’t mean it’s actually clean. A washer that isn’t clean can also keep your clothes dirty – even if they smell nice.
Hidden where our eyes cannot see, washers can accumulate mould and build-up of gross residue over time thanks to the soapy water and combination of heat. If you’re someone that uses a bunch of detergent, it doesn’t take long to dirty your washer. Let’s take a look at how we can keep our washers clean:
Cleaning the Filters in Your Drains
Before doing anything, you’ll want to make sure that the filter on your washer is clean. We aren’t talking about the lint one – we’re talking about the drain filter. This is to ensure there’s no dirty water clogging up everything and ensures that your clothes are going to be nice and fresh, since smells can hop from the appliance to materials quite easily.
The drain filter is actually meant for catching small things, so it won’t completely wreck the dryer. Sometimes these small items (like coins) can get so stuck, that it stops the filter from working entirely and the washer won’t be able to drain efficiently.
You don’t have to clean this much, but you should do it at least twice a year.
Run Economy Washes
If you want to save a bit of money and the environment without making anything hard on yourself, you’ll want to run eco washes by keeping the water at a cooler temperature year-round. In doing so, you use almost 50% less energy than hot washes, and your clothes have less of a chance to shrink.
It’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t abandon the idea of cleaning just because the water is cooler. In fact, more bacteria can harbor because of the cooler temperatures. If you want to clean out the bacteria and smelliness, you’ll want to run your washer when empty on a higher temperature to kill said bacteria and remove odor.
DIY Solutions for Fresh Laundry
Taking white vine vinegar and making a concoction with soda will allow you to have a cheap cleaning mixture for the washer. Doing so 12 times a year (once a month) can prevent any type of mould from spawning in your machine. Allow the door of your washer to be open when you aren’t using to circulate some of that air and the odors out.
Avoid Overloading and Underloading
Did you know that underloading your machine can waste energy, detergent, and time? Loads that are too small can also knock the washer off balance and potentially harm your machine. The perfect capacity ensures a peaceful balance between a working washer and one that’s not.
Cleaning the Seal
If you don’t clean your seal, you’ll see mould accumulate and germs will wreak havoc on your machine. If the seal has already been devoured by mould and you can’t get it out, you can have this replaced for cheap by a technician.
Don’t DIY Too Much
We don’t encourage super hard DIY jobs, as much as you want to be challenged. If you’re stuck and need to fix your washer, contact Alpha Appliance Services at (416) 577-5354 today for inexpensive care.