How to care for your washing machine and dishwasher

 

Washing machines and dishwashers are things that are present in almost every apartment today. They help make everyday tasks easier and also help reduce utility bills.

However, in order for them to serve us for many years, we need to keep a few things in mind.

How to take care of your dishwasher

Modern dishwashers can handle the most severe stains, but this does not mean that you should not also take care of the cleanliness of the machine itself.

One of the biggest enemies of dishwashers is plaque, so you should add special salt to them regularly.

It has softening properties and prevents the formation of drips on dishes. Some dishwashers have a sensor that informs you about the amount of salt and the need to replenish it, but some of them require your control.

You should remember to run the dishwasher empty once every six months, adding only a descaling agent inside. It is also important to clean the filter that collects food debris. Cleaning and maintaining your dishwasher gaskets is very important.

If there is an unpleasant odor in your kitchen, you can buy special products that neutralize it. This problem can be avoided by rinsing the dishes to remove food residue before loading the machine with them.

For cleaning and washing, it is important to use only detergents intended for dishwashers and dose them according to the recommendations. Do not use regular dishwashing liquids or washing powder as they may damage the device.

Many manufacturers offer professional products designed for dishwashers, such as Dr. Beckman, Calgonit or Somat.

How to take care of your washing machine

 

As a rule, hard water flows into the taps of our apartments, so washing machines are also susceptible to the formation of lime deposits.

Its accumulation can lead to serious damage, including rupture of the drum. Keeping this in mind, it is necessary to clean your washing machine regularly and also use appropriate detergents.

Most powders, gels, capsules and liquids contain water softeners. There are also special preparations and additives on sale that should be added with each wash.

It is worth knowing that washing gels are more environmentally friendly products than powders, the residues of which settle on the device and contribute to its failure.

It is also important not to overload the drum. The instruction manual for each washing machine indicates its maximum load (most often 5-7 kg).

If you put more clothes in the machine or vice versa, this may cause the drum to burst. Fixing this breakdown is expensive and can significantly devastate the home budget.

Doing too much washing also increases your water and energy consumption and therefore your meter readings. It is worth remembering to regularly clean the filter (which is most often located at the base of the washing machine), doors and powder drawers.

The latter are often subject to clogging due to the use of too much washing powder, so when dosing the detergent you should follow the instructions on the packaging. Periodically it is necessary to run the machine empty, adding a small amount of vinegar or special cleaning powder.

The chemicals used should not have aggressive properties – it is better to use, for example, gentle milk for cleaning.