Here are some tips for tackling the most common stains to carry out before washing normally. Never use hot water on protein stains as this will set them into the fabric and don't rub so hard as to damage the fibres.
Can soda crystals damage the washing machine drum?
I’ve always advised that soda crystals are good at dissolving grease and can be used to help clean out a gunged up washing machine or more importantly help prevent a build up of grease (see pic). Last time I used some I noticed that on the back of the packet they should not be used on aluminium. I instantly thought about the alloy drum spiders inside washing machines and wondered whether soda crystals could cause any damage.
This video shows how to remove grease spots from cooking oil (and other grease spots) –
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.
I once went to a customer who had rammed a sleeping bag into her washing machine. She then found it didn’t work and she couldn’t open the door to retrieve it. I couldn’t believe how full jammed full it was and I had to break off the door interlock to get the door open. I even had a struggle pulling the sleeping bag out which was well rammed in place.