When your great-grandparents were alive and well, they were blissfully unaware of the technological revolution ahead and would go about their business using traditional, manual methods. They would still strive to live a clean and efficient life, however, and would wash their clothes just as people do today. Still, they would wash by hand in a sink and would then hang all the individual items on a line to dry in the wind. Consequently, they would do this only once per week as it was very labour-intensive, to put it mildly. Fast forward to modern times, and laundry seems to be a daily occurrence. In fact, most people would not know what to do if the machine were to develop a fault. Consequently, there is every reason to maintain your washer and dryer carefully, unless you want to break out the history books to learn a different approach!
Make sure that you treat each machine with care by preparing every load before you begin. Check to see if anything is left in each pocket that could break loose and cause an issue, especially the smallest coins that can get inside the unit and cause internal damage. Also, pre-wash certain items in the sink if they are badly stained or may have accumulated layers of caked-on mud. These machines are not designed to cope with that situation.
Hold the Soap
You may think that a load is particularly dirty, so you add even more soap to make sure that you get a good end result. This is a bad idea, as it will simply lead to a buildup of residue. Stick to the manufacturer guidelines instead.
Always leave the door of your washer open for several hours after you have finished, as this will help to dry everything out properly. Otherwise, the humidity within the machine can build considerably, leading to the development of mould and mildew. This can be very difficult to get rid of once it has taken hold and will certainly generate a nasty smell in your kitchen.
Shortcuts Are Bad
Never overload your washer and dryer in a frantic attempt to cut down on the number of loads for that day. This can be particularly problematic for the dryer, as an unbalanced load can quickly cause damage to the delicate balancing mechanism and lead to an emergency call instead.
Finally, keep a close eye on each machine as you use it. If you notice anything untoward, get in touch with an electrical appliance repair technician, as prompt action may help you avoid a complete breakdown. After all, where would you even buy a clothesline today, anyway?