Winter Laundry Tips

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).
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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.