How long can laundry stay in the washing machine

In general, you can leave your laundry in the drum for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle has ended. If you leave your laundry in the drum too long after washing, it may start to smell. And some times this seems to happen faster than others, so we recommend putting your laundry in the dryer or hanging it up as soon as possible. Under certain circumstances, laundry can start to smell faster; for example, if it is very hot outside or if your washing machine is not very clean. Certain types of laundry will also smell faster than others, for example sportswear.

 

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An energy-saving washing machine has energy label A and uses less water and energy. When you invest in an energy-efficient washing machine, you almost always recoup this investment.
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A large family requires a larger washing machine, and also a higher fill weight. A smaller family will suffice with a washing machine with a smaller fill weight.
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How long does a washing machine last

The lifespan of a modern washing machine is generally between 10 and 13 years. However, exactly how long the washing machine will last depends on several factors, such as how often you use it and how well you maintain it. The brand can also play a big role in this. Washing machines from AEG, Siemens and Bosch tend to last longer than those from other brands. Especially Miele washing machines have a long lifespan, according to research by the Consumers’ Association. According to that research, owners of Miele washing machines do on average 16 to 17 years with their washing machine. Washing machine brands such as Miele, AEG, Siemens and Bosch are often more expensive than other brands. But because of their long lifespan, they are often worth the investment.

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How big is a washing machine

When you talk about the size of a washing machine, you can aim at different aspects; the actual dimensions or the amount of fill weight. Both depend on the model of washing machine. The fill weight indicates how many pounds of laundry you can put in the drum per wash. This starts at about 6 kg and can go up to 12 kg. The size of a washing machine differs (largely) because of the type of washing machine; top loading or front loading. A front-loading washing machine usually has a height of 85 cm, a width of 60 and a depth between 60 and 70 cm. Top loaders have a height of 90 cm, a width of 40 cm and a depth of about 60 cm. As a result, top loaders often have a smaller fill weight.

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Which vinegar should be used in a washing machine

Vinegar is a natural and non-harmful fabric softener and descaler that also helps you get rid of bad odors. This way, your laundry comes out of the drum clean, and odor-free. For this you can best use cleaning vinegar. You can also use natural vinegar, but cleaning vinegar is more powerful, so you need less of it. You cannot use vinegar as a substitute for detergent. Although it kills certain bacteria, vinegar unfortunately does not dissolve stains. What it does do, however, is ensure that the colors of your laundry are better preserved and do not bleed.

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How high may the drain of a washing machine be

The drain of your washing machine should not be placed higher than 1 meter from the ground. If the drain is placed much higher than the washing machine, the washing machine is less able to pump the water away. If the water runs back into the washing machine, it will stop the washing program. At the same time, you do not want the drain to be lower than 60 cm from the ground, because then there is a risk that the washing machine will empty too soon. In general, we therefore recommend that you place your washing machine drain around 80 to 85 cm from the ground – preferably somewhere between 60 cm and 1 meter.

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How long does a washing machine program take

On average, a wash program takes about 2.5 hours. This of course depends on your washing machine and the selected wash cycle. In general, condenser dryers and air-flow dryers wash faster than a heat pump dryer. This is because they heat using a heating element. This works quickly, but it also consumes a lot of energy. Also, most modern washing machines have a variety of washing programs that can also vary in duration. Often they have an eco-program, which usually takes longer, but also a short wash program, which allows you to finish faster. Nowadays, some washing machines even have programs that allow you to clean half a wash within an hour.

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What does a washing machine cost

The prices of washing machines vary widely. If you want, you can get a new washing machine for as little as 350 euros or as much as 1,500 euros. If you are stuck on a budget, it is good to know that cheap washing machines are often more expensive to operate. Slightly more expensive washing machines are often energy efficient. And that is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet. This will reduce the amount of your annual energy bill considerably. A washing machine with energy class A can save you up to 220 euros in 10 years compared to a washing machine with energy class F. Therefore, do not only look at the actual purchase price of your new washing machine, but also at the energy label and energy savings over lifetime.

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