Laundry Hacks: 7 Essential Rules to Stop Ruining Your Washing Machine Again

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Washing machines can break down quickly if unwanted items get into the laundry. While doing laundry is a given for most British people, the way you do it can damage both your clothes and your device. Express.co.uk spoke to laundry expert Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, to find out how to properly clean your clothes – and the top steps you should always be following.

Check for small items

One of the most common mistakes when washing clothes is leaving small items in pockets or sleeves.

While loose objects are difficult to spot before starting the washing machine, they can often be heard very clearly as soon as they spin around the drum.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap said: “Rattling noises during a wash cycle usually mean that small items like coins, bra wire or even keys have accidentally got into your washing machine.”

“At high washing speeds, they can get stuck in the outside wash basin, the drain hose or the pump of your machine.”

Deyan recommends referring to your device’s manual immediately to find out how to access each area and remove items as quickly as possible.

The long-term effects of this simple mistake can cause large holes or even change the shape of the drum – an expensive repair for an avoidable mishap.

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Keep loads light

Cleaning up piles of laundry at once may seem productive, but over time it can cause significant damage to your machine.

A damaged washing machine drum can cause leaks during a wash cycle if unbalanced loads are operated frequently.

Constant uneven friction or pounding can cause the drum to change shape, which can affect the drainage system, says Deyan.

He added, “To reduce the risk of leaks, always do a balanced wash cycle – make sure no clothes are tangled and avoid washing heavy loads all the time to prevent the drum from deforming . “

Reduce the fabric softener

Fabric softener is known for its soft results and fragrant scent, but this luxury liquid shouldn’t always be used when washing clothes.

Fluffy bath towels can quickly become crispy and flat if washed incorrectly, but Deyan says there is an easy fix.

He said, “Avoid fabric softeners when cleaning towels as they can lose their absorbent properties.

“I recommend washing towels regularly on low heat to keep them their color and original size and shape, and avoiding overdrying them in the tumble dryer as this can cause them to lose their fluffiness and become stiff.”

Check the contents of your laundry basket

Throwing a load of laundry in the washing machine is certainly a quick way to speed up the process, but Deyan emphasizes the importance of loading your fabrics correctly.

Before filling the washing machine, make sure that your sleeves and pant legs are not pinched on themselves or tangled in other clothing, as this can lead to uneven washing.

Take care of denim

Deyan said: “Washing denim items inside out, especially jeans, prevents the colors from fading quickly and also protects the surfaces of other clothes from being damaged by friction when washed.

“This can also extend the lifespan of older and more sensitive denim articles, especially those made from stretch blended fabrics, and prevent them from tearing.”

Protect your prints

Flip printed tops before washing to prevent graphic designs from cracking or fading, while also efficiently removing sweat stains from areas that are in close contact with your skin.

Do not put everything in the washing machine

Washing machines are great for handling large loads of laundry at once, but there are things that should never be spun in the silver drum.

Delicate fabrics are not made to withstand intensive washing machine cycles and should instead be hand washed.

According to Deyan, the following items of clothing should never be washed on the standard cycle:

  • Bras – Buckles and underwires can damage your machine as the fabric loses its shape and color
  • Ties – Silk or wool ties can shrink and lose their shape when machine washed
  • Embellished Items – Sequins, buttons, and zippers can be easily damaged if left unprotected
  • Baby Socks – Socks can really get lost in your machine’s vents and cause flooding
  • Silk Items – Most silk items can tear, shrink, and lose their shape if incorrectly washed
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