5 things you should never put in the washing machine

5 things you should never put in the washing machine

It is very tempting to want to throw everything you have in the washing machine. But if you don’t follow certain rules and guidelines, you risk both damaging the device and your fabrics.

1. Clothes full of pet hair

Pet hair can get caught in the fiber of clothing, becoming very difficult to remove. They can also get stuck in the walls of the washing machine, which will clog the pipes. The ideal is to brush the clothes to remove the hairs, before washing them.

2. Memory foam pillows

This type of pillow is very fragile. The pillow could lose its shape and support, even without spinning. The best is to wash it by hand, in the bathtub or the sink.

3. Clothing with an open zip

If you leave the clothes zipper open, it may catch on the drum and scratch it. It can also cling to other clothes and damage or tear them. On the other hand, on the contrary, for clothes with buttons, classics or snaps, they must be kept closed. With the rotations of the machine, they can be damaged or torn off.

4. Do not overfill the machine

If filling the machine well can allow us to save time, this action can damage the machine, including the drum because of the weight. The door may also be improperly closed and could cause leaks. Not to mention that the clothes will be washed less well. Once your machine is full, you should be able to pass your hand over it, above the pile of clothes.

5. Fabric softener

If the latter gives a good smell to the clothes and softens them, it risks damaging the machine. Indeed, the latter is detergent, so it leaves deposits on the components of the device. This is how bacteria can settle there. They will also leave bad odors in the appliance. This is why it is better to limit its use and reduce the quantities that are poured. You can replace the fabric softener with white vinegar, which is both limescale remover, stain remover and deodorizer. You can add a few drops of essential oil to it.

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