Proper care and adherence to simple rules of washing can extend the life of the washing machine.

The basic malfunctions of washing machines can be divided into two types

  1. Cause a denial of elements, electronics and mechanics is not dependent on the use of the washing machine.
  2. Improper use of the washing machine and the reduction of its service life.

If the first type of failure is not possible to influence. The second type of fault can be influenced by correctly using the washing machine.

What a detrimental effect on the washing machine, it is believed, overload, interrupt programs, etc. but it is not, statistically the greatest harm to the washing machine brings oddly detergents.

What better use of detergents

Employees of service centers to repair washing machines have noticed when using liquid detergent, inside the washing machine is not subjected to calcination residues of detergent, and this has a beneficial effect on the heating element, sensors.

Why is this happening

During washing granular detergents dissolve a certain time, but may be inclusions which can not dissolve until the end of washing. During rotation of the drum takes place throwing undissolved particles to the walls of the tank and calcining deposits is as if the growth of stalactites.

What is bad

Getting on the seals, rubber bands, seals there is deterioration in their properties, which subsequently leads to their failure. The sensors do not start correctly measure the temperature, the washing machine starts to pour water or do not get very often this is not due to a malfunction of the sensor, namely because of the deposits.

It is therefore highly relevant recommendation on the use of liquid detergents, they are completely dissolved components and the washing takes the best of flushing with a washing machine.

Periodic cleaning of the washing machine, in spite of the availability of means of mitigating the water, their use has the effect, but the price is comparable with the cost of detergents and their constant use of very expensive.

What affects hard water

When heated water is formed a scum on the heating element, which reduces heating efficiency and increase in electricity consumption.

How best to clean the washing machine

The easiest way is to take citric acid, fill it in the washing machine and to carry out the washing cycle at a maximum temperature, there will be a softening of sediments and erosion, such a procedure is recommended 1 time per month, citric acid should be 60-80 grams.

And do not forget periodically removing a mechanical filter, it linger on the thread and any objects that might fall into the washing machine along with the clothes, protecting the drain pump from damage.

All the other recommendations are not so essential, to extend the life of washing machines, engineers will improve the washing machine, washing machine controls the amount of laundry, detergent dosing.

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  1. ok, so i’m surprised to read this because powdered detergents are always recommended over liquids. I have never heard of powdered detergents causing problems to a washing machine. If you live in EU, Germany/UK then Persil powder is the best you can ever get.

    Powder is cheaper than liquid which the industry is promoting not to mention those horrible pods. Powder detergent does not leave a smelly residue like liquid detergents which are made of fats. Also, powdered detergents can contain oxygen bleach which is not possible in liquid.

    If you use liquid detergents you will get a smell in the machine and the way to remove this smelly residue is not with citric acid but with oxygen-based cleaners. Like, Affresh tablets, Vanish powder/Oxi Clean or better still pure sodium percarbonate in a tub clean cycle. Dr. Beckman deep clean is sodium percarbonate-based cleaner but with filler.

    What I do is also add half a kilo white hand towels so the cloth sprays the cleaning solution around the front load drum better. Sometimes one wash is not enough if maintenance is not done regularly. So you may have to do it more times. 2,3 even up to 5 times to get rid of the smell. One clean per day up to 5 days. With sodium percarbonate 50gm is enough in a 60 Litre front load washer. You can buy half a kilo of it for a similar price as one pack of commercial products like Beckman or Bosch cleaner.

    Citric acid is only for descaling to remove hard water deposits like Ca/Mg. Citric acid will not remove smells in the machine which can be caused by low-temperature washing or worse, using fabric conditioner which should be ‘verboten’ to use by everyone.

    People often confuse descaling with cleaning. It’s not the same. Citric acid is for descaling. Oxygen bleach ie.percarbonate is for cleaning. They both do specific jobs. If water is hard descaling must be done more often maybe every month. It is better to measure water hardness with a titration kit. If it’s 200-500mg CaCo3/L then you need more detergent. If it’s more than get a salt-based water softener.

    Otherwise only cleaning is needed at least once every 3 months and if using liquid detergents and fabric conditioner then every month without fail.

  2. If I understood correctly, you are advising people to use liquid detergents because they can handle hard water better than powder detergent ?

    Also you say because they dissolve better there is no residue left on the insides of the machine.


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