For Washing Machines
Fabric softeners are waxy and can build up in the washer if introduced undiluted with water before dispensing, so mix them with water before use. If there’s a fabric softener dispenser on your machine, add the recommended amount and then top off with water to further dilute. If you’re pouring from a cup, use a 3-to-1 ratio of softener to water. Avoid overloading the washer. Add clothes until the unit is filled to just below top of the agitator axle without packing down the clothes. An overloaded washer strains the motor and transmission, shortening their lives. Do this once a month Remove and clean intake screens where water supply hoses enter the washer as the screens get clogged with sediment and/or mineral buildup. Improperly installed, they can jam open an internal valve—replace them with flat screened washers in the end of the hose. Be extra careful when removing and replacing hoses, as the plastic threads on the intakes at the back of the washer are easily stripped. Every five years: Replace rubber water-supply hoses if they’re splitting, cracking or are losing flexibility. Rubber replacement hoses last five years, but hoses that use a braided-jacket of stainless steel, although more expensive, last at least twice as long. Replace pinch-type hose clamps with more reliable worm driven clamps.