How to clean a washing machine

Cleaning your washing machine regularly keeps it capable of cleaning your clothes and makes it last longer. Ideally, check the rubbers of the washing machine after every wash and remove any security with a damp cloth. These days we wash a lot at low temperatures, which is good for the environment, our laundry and our energy bills. But this does leave a lot of soap residue in the washing machine. Therefore, try to run a wash program at 60 degrees or higher (a boiling wash) once a month. You can add a dash of vinegar (cleaning vinegar or natural vinegar), or a cup of baking soda. Both options prevent calcium deposits and help remove foul odors. Also, check the filter regularly (once every six months) and rinse it thoroughly.

 

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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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How deep is a washing machine

How deep a washing machine is varies by model. First, there is a difference between front-loaders and top-loaders. With top loading washing machines, which have the opening to the drum at the top, the dimensions are not variable. Top loaders almost always have a depth of 60 cm. Front loading machines, which have the door at the front of the drum, have a depth of between 60 and 70 cm, including projections. Often the deeper the washing machine, the larger the drum. A deeper washing machine therefore has, in most cases, a larger fill weight; room for more laundry per wash.

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What consumes more power: a washing machine or dryer

According to Milieu Centraal, a washing machine consumes an average of 100 kWh of electricity per year, and a tumble dryer about 260 kWh. This makes the dryer one of the biggest energy guzzlers found in many households. Exactly how high the energy consumption is depends on the model and the energy label. With both washing machines and dryers, most of the energy is lost in heating; the washing machine heats water and the dryer heats air. As more and more households choose to wash at relatively low temperatures, this reduces energy costs. Dryers often require a higher temperature, and air is less able to retain heat than water. Therefore, a clothes dryer usually consumes more energy than a washing machine.

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How wide is a washing machine

The standard width of a washing machine is 60 cm, and the height is 85 cm. This generally applies to front loaders; washing machines that have your door on the front of the drum. Top-loading washing machines, which have the opening on the top of the drum, are generally a lot narrower and a little higher. Top loaders usually have a width of 40 cm and a height of 90 cm. Because of this, the drum of a top-loading washing machine is smaller, which means it can hold less laundry per wash.

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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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How long is the warranty of a washing machine

The standard manufacturer’s warranty for new washing machines is two years. Second hand washing machines do not count towards this. If something goes wrong with the washing machine within the warranty period, a repair person may – depending on the nature of the problem – visit you to solve it. For this it is important that you still have the invoice and proof of purchase. In addition to the standard factory warranty, you can get extra guarantees on, for example, the water safety or the motor of the washing machine. Which guarantees you get exactly depends on your supplier. Find out about the different warranties for washing machines in advance and keep your invoice and proof of purchase.

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