Lots of great tips from Which to reduce energy costs.
You can read the whole article, but the main ideas are:
- Set your machine to wash at 30°C or 20°C.
- Switching to a liquid laundry detergent will help shift stains. We found that tough stains lifted more easily with a liquid than a powder at 30°C and 20°C.
- Pre-treat tough stains with diluted detergent for the best chance of removing them.
- Run a monthly hot maintenance wash (60°C with the machine empty and washing machine cleaner in the detergent tray).
Another good tip if your washing machine ever seems to break down. The lights on the front will usually flash in a certain sequence - this isn’t random, it’s telling you the error.
You can usually google your machine make and model + the code sequence to find out what’s wrong with it. Typically it’s a block somewhere and with a bit of patience and a screwdriver (please unplug!) it can be a fairly simple fix.
I’ve probably fixed various washing machines we’ve had 5 or 6 times over the years and it’s saved a fortune on repair call outs.