6 things you never want to do to your washing machine
Toss messy, icky, stained clothes into a washing machine, and after a short wash cycle, you expect them to come out perfect. Most of the time this is the way our washing machine works, but you may be making some mistakes you're not aware of. Here are six common blunders to avoid with your washing machine.
Washing machines have come a long way, technologically speaking, and the newest machines make our workload a lot easier, but washing machines still can't read a tag and choose the right settings without some help from us. To know how to wash your laundry properly, you'll need to know the manufacturer's instructions for that fabric type. Failing to read and follow the tag can cause colors to bleed, fabric to shrink, and damage your laundry.
Forgetting to sort your laundry is one of the easiest ways to ruin a load or your machine. Unsorted laundry can cause colors to bleed, clothes to shrink, and unwanted pocket items are floating around during the washing cycle. Sorting will let you find that black permanent marker in a pocket before the lid comes off and marks up the whole load, including the washing machine drum and front window. Check every front, back and inside pocket.
If your machine sounds a little unbalanced, you can fix it before the problem gets worse. Adjusting the machine on the bottom corners takes a few minutes and makes a big difference. An unbalanced load makes the washing machine work a lot harder than it should have to which can ultimately lead to wear and tear on the unit and its parts. You could end up with costly repairs later for something that only takes a little effort to fix right now. Refer to your manufacturer's website or the manual that came with your machine for guidance.