Here’s a tip for washing machines and tumble dryers and possibly dishwashers too. If you ever need to call an engineer (particularly if under guarantee) or need to find a spare part for it you will need to use the model number, serial number, and in the case of many makes some other special numbers printed on the rating plate.
If you are wondering which is the best dishwasher detergent then the information is available at Which? They’ve reviewed and tested 27 dishwasher detergents (so far) and although I can’t just publish their results because of copyright issues they do publish some helpful miscellaneous information to non members. Anyone wanting to take advantage of their 1 month trial offer for just £1 can also read all the full reports online.
Model numbers and serial numbers for washing machines are almost always behind the door or on the control panel although sometimes the number written on the control panel or dispenser drawer isn’t a model number but a model range ( Some washing machine manufacturers put a model number on the front of the machine which is useless ).
I received an email this morning thanking me for my advice regarding noisy washing machines after they found a solution to why their washer was making a scraping noise. Although there are different possible causes of a scraping noise, one of the most common is the humble underwire from a bra –
Washing bras in a washing machine can cause problems. In fact problems caused by washing bras are surprisingly common. Many bras should be hand washed only, but most people still put them in the washing machine. The straps can get tangled around other laundry and even get ripped off of the bra if it gets caught between the drum and the door seal. A more common problem is that the underwires from bras commonly come out during washing and get in between the outer tub and the inner drum. This can result in an expensive washing machine breakdown.
Here’s an environmentally friendly tip to save on fabric conditioner when tumble drying. If you are putting a load of washing into the washing machine and you know you will be drying it in the tumble dryer, do you still use fabric conditioner? We always have done, but tumble drying naturally softens the fabrics so fabric conditioner shouldn’t be required.
Apart from heating, the energy we use in our homes is mostly used by our appliances – especially white goods like washing machines, tumble dryers, ovens, and dishwashers. A lot of attention has been paid to making them use less energy, but after many years of reducing energy usage they’ve hit a plateau. The energy savings to be made these days are often relatively minor and there’s often little difference between them. Thinking laterally there’s an easy trick that can save hundreds of pounds a year that many people still neglect.
Did you know you shouldn’t wash silk or wool items in biological detergent, and that doing so can damage them? I’m sure this isn’t common knowledge, which a quick check with my wife and my mother-in-law just confirmed.
The best way to transport a washing machine from one house to another is to refit the original transit packing or transit bolts that came with the washing machine. If this is possible, instructions on how to do this should be in the instruction book or manual. (Miele transit packing can definitely be refitted and they even design it to clip into the back panel so it won’t get lost)