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10 Things You Should Never Put In Your Washing Machine & Dryer

Washing maintenance is really important if you don’t want to be landed with costly repair bills! You’ll also find that failing to look after your appliance will affect the results of your wash as well as blocking the outlet pipes and filter. So take a look at the article below and see things you put in your washing machine but shouldn’t!

  1. 1. Car keychain

    Coins and Keys - Small metal objects can cause damage to the drum in your washing machine, and in front loaders can even scratch or shatter the panel in the door. Small coins can get lodged in the filter and pipes and cause serious problems. If your keys get washed any automatic locking system will be affected. Remember to check the pockets of any clothing before loading into the machine.

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    Too Much Detergent - Excessive amounts of detergent can harm the sensitivity of the control panel, so you need to know exactly what quantities to use - this information can be found in the appliance manual. Too much fabric softener can also damage your clothes!

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    Laundry Overload - Putting too much laundry into your washing machine can cause damage to the suspension and the bearings. As your clothes are packed tightly together this also affects the quality of the wash- they won’t be properly cleaned. Slightly smaller loads will ensure your washing machine isn’t strained, and your clothes are spotless.

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    Not Enough Laundry - Using your machine for lots of small loads actually wears it down. You need to use your machine to its capacity to wash fewer loads, and keep it running effectively.

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    Lingerie - Hooks and wires from underwear can catch in the drum causing damage. If you can’t wash by hand – which actually keeps lingerie much nicer – you can put items into a specially designed lingerie bag that protects the interior of the machine.

Dryers Drum

Your tumble dryer needs the same care and attention. Some items may shrink, warp, or be completely ruined after subjecting them to the heat! See things you should never put in your tumble dryer here…

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    Rubber backed Rugs - The rubber on the back of these rugs isn’t designed to take the heat of the tumble dryer and can crumble or even melt. Overheating in extreme cases can cause the dryer to set on fire.

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    Underwear and Hosiery - Delicate mesh materials can get tangled by the tumbling motion, and will also shrink in the heat. Bras can be damaged by the agitation and lose shape and elasticity.

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    Embellished Garments - The tumble drying cycle can spoil clothing with added sequins or stones, and cause them to snag on other garments causing more damage.

  4. 4.Tumble Drying Symbol No tumble drying

    Clothes with Dryer Care Tags Warnings - You should automatically check the labels on any clothing before you put it into the dryer. Silk, chiffon, rayon, and wool items are particularly unsuitable for this method of drying. Where dry cleaning is recommended this implies the garment will shrink if washed and dried.

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    Swimwear and Running Shoes - High temperatures will leave bathing suits brittle as the material is non-resistant to the heat, and this heat will also shrink the rubber and weaken the adhesives in your trainers!

Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer Repairs

Washing machine faults can easily be identified by a professional from a reputable appliance repair company. You’ll be able to get help and advice about your tumble dryers maintenance too! Search online for the best deals from trusted suppliers - get free quotes and work guarantees.