Tips For Using Your New High Efficiency Washer

There are many benefits that come along with choosing to replace your old washing machine with a new high efficiency washer. Unfortunately, far too many people fail to enjoy all of the benefits that these front loading washers have to offer due to minor mistakes when using them. Thankfully, the simple tips below can help you to avoid these mistakes and ultimately ensure that you get the most out of your high efficiency washer.

Don't Forget To Bleach Your Whites

Throwing a bit of bleach in with your whites will not only help to get rid of stains and keep your clothes fabulously bright, but it can also help to prevent your high efficiency washer from developing a foul odor. This is because each time you do a load of laundry, a small amount of waste water remains in the drainage tube rather than being completely eliminated.

Over time, this water that is left behind can start to smell, and that foul odor can ultimately be deposited onto your clothes. By running the washer at least once or twice a month with a bit of bleach, you will be able to eliminate these odors and ensure your washer remains free of foul smelling bacteria.

Use Powdered Detergent When Dealing With Hard Water

If your home has hard water, you may find it difficult to get all of the stains and odors out of your clothing. This is because liquid laundry detergent is most effective when used with soft water. While you could simply install a whole house water softening system, this approach to the problem could prove to be very expensive. Thankfully, there is an easier way.

Powdered laundry detergents include an extra ingredient known as builders. These builders help to soften water and therefore make the detergent far more effective in homes with hard water than even the highest quality liquid detergents.

If you are not sure about how hard your water is, you can find out by completing a simple test. Fill up a small soda bottle with tap water. Add a few drops of dish soap, put the cap on the bottle, and vigorously shake the bottle several times. Take the cap off and watch the soap suds begin to overflow. If the soap suds up generously and overflows from the bottle, you have soft water and are okay to use liquid detergent in your high efficiency washer. However, if the soap fails to create a large amount of suds, you have hard water and should consider making the switch to powdered detergent.

For more information about your high efficiency washer, contact Hudson Appliance Center.