Mis­takes We Make

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Over­load­ing the ma­chine To­day’s wash­ing ma­chines are big­ger than ever and it’s tempt­ing to cram in ‘just one more’ thing—but don’t. Even large-ca­pac­ity ma­chines have their lim­its. When they’re too full, wa­ter and de­ter­gent won’t reach ev­ery­thing; dirt gets trapped; and cloth­ing doesn’t get clean. Plus, over­load­ing causes un­nec­es­sary wear on your washer, and ex­cess fab­ric wrin­kling. Guess­ing how much de­ter­gent to use To get the best clean, it’s im­por­tant to fol­low your de­ter­gent’s us­age direc­tions and mea­sure it. Forgo mea­sur­ing and you de­crease clean­ing per­for­mance, whether you add too lit­tle or too much. That said, it is all right to use a bit more for very dirty loads, or if you’re wash­ing in hard wa­ter. Stick­ing to the same cy­cles and set­tings One cy­cle just doesn’t fit all. You prob­a­bly use the ‘reg­u­lar’ or ‘del­i­cate’ cy­cles most of­ten, but other set­tings and op­tions are worth ex­plor­ing, too. They of­fer ex­tra rinses for bulky items, hot­ter wa­ter for bet­ter stain re­moval and whiten­ing, and even slower ag­i­ta­tion for less wrin­kling. For­get­ting to flush out the dis­pensers Your ma­chine prob­a­bly has at least one dis­penser for fab­ric soft­ener, de­ter­gent, or both, and it needs clean­ing. Re­move and rinse them of­ten, and at the end of the cy­cle, leave the de­ter­gent drawer open so any resid­ual wa­ter evap­o­rates (oth­er­wise, it could cause odors). Not re­plac­ing rub­ber hoses with braided ones If you can’t (or don’t) turn off the wa­ter to your ma­chine when you’ve fin­ished do­ing wash­ing laun­dry, the most im­por­tant thing you can do to pre­vent a burst hose is re­place stan­dard rub­ber ones with braided ones.

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