It's just as important to look after a washing machine as it is clothes. From not needing to clean the appliance and using the right amount of laundry detergent to the best temperature to wash clothes at, experts at Bosch have waded through the myths that will help households keep their washing machine and clothes in tip top condition.
It's very easy to assume that because the appliance is used to wash dirty clothes, and then all of those clothes come out clean, that there is no need to wash a washing machine at all.
It's just as simple to assume that laundry detergent cleans the appliance out too. But, this way of thinking is actually wrong.
The experts urged households to "ignore this myth" because "without regular cleaning, grit, dirt and excess detergent can build up causing the cleanliness of your washes to deteriorate."
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Detergent manufacturers have been trying to persuade people to wash at lower temperatures for a while now.
However, the pros argued that while 30 is being advertised as the new 60 environmentally and economically this makes sense, but "it's not always good for hygiene and cleanliness".
They warned: "Regular washes with cooler temperatures will lead to the build-up of bacteria and residue within the drum and your laundry.
It is true that washing at 30 degrees won't kill all the germs, but combined with the laundry detergent should kill plenty of them.
It seems a reasonable assumption, but using too much detergent will lead to the clothes becoming saturated with it which a standard rinse cycle will not be able to fully remove.
The experts explained: "This can lead to skin irritation and even damage to the fabric of clothing. Taking care of your appliance will improve washing results by reducing spots and marks on your laundry, ensuring a cleaner machine."
To get rid of this problem households will have to re-wash their clothes without detergent, which is needless extra work.
Households may also have to clean their washing machine out because of all the potential excess foam that's been created. If they don't manage this situation as soon as possible they may also end up with a blocked hose.
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All washing machines have a capacity limit, but households shouldn't aim to fill the machine up every single time to the maximum limit. This will put unwanted strain on the appliance and it could knock the machine off balance.
The experts said: "If you regularly overload a washing machine over the lifetime of the appliance, key components will wear quicker.
"Our top tips are, always check the drum capacity, and that you can fit your hand into the top of the drum and rotate the wash around with your hand. This means there is enough room for an efficient wash."
Sometimes the washing machine may have detected clothes that still need detergent or softener washing from them.
Bosch experts said: "Sometimes after using higher than recommended levels of detergent or softener, the machine will alter the cycle to perform extra rinses or functions to correct the issue.
"This alteration may extend the programme timings. Regularly clean your washing machine to remove any remaining deposits."
Households may think if their machine has a shiny drum and it's free from visible limescale it doesn't need to be descaled.
However, the drum isn't where damaging limescale builds up. The experts said: "Unseen parts like the heating element are key target components for limescale removal, as build-up in these areas causes damage. We recommend washing machines are descaled every three to six months in hard water areas."2023-03-25T04:03:07Z dg43tfdfdgfd