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Washing Machine Dos and Don’ts

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Washing Machine Dos and Don’ts

By IFB | January 15, 2021

What should you do (or don’t do) to ensure hassle-free operation, long life, and safety of your front load or top load washing machine?

We’ve compiled certain washing machine dos and don’ts that you should follow.

Washing Machine Dos : 

  • DO switch off your machine after use. This helps conserve energy and reduces the risk of fire.
  • After a wash cycle, DO allow your washing machine to cool for at least 4 hours before starting another cycle.
  • DO refer to the wash care symbols and instructions before you wash branded or expensive garments.
  • DO wash coloured clothes separately if you’re not using a colour catcher. Washing mixed loads may lead to colour runs and stain your clothes.
  • DO pre-treat stains, if any, on your fabrics using a good stain remover. Pre-treatment removes the possibility of stains spreading to other clothes.
  • DO clean the washing machine occasionally. Run a tub clean program, use a descaler for removing limescale deposits and clean the washing machine parts such as inlet filter, lint filter and door rubber gasket.
  • DO keep your washing machine door and detergent tray open after a wash cycle. This helps avoid odour and mould formation by allow moisture to escape.
  • DO clean the washing machine occasionally. Run a tub clean program, use a descaler for removing limescale deposits and clean the washing machine parts such as inlet filter, lint filter and door rubber gasket.
  • DO keep your washing machine door and detergent tray open after a wash cycle. This helps avoid odour and mould formation by allow moisture to escape.

Washing Machine Don’ts

  • DON’T forget to empty the pockets of your shirts and trousers of things such as coins, keys and other items that may damage your washing machine or get damaged themselves.
  • DON’T overload your washing machine. It will reduce wash efficiency and may damage the washing machine drum.
  • DON’T fill water manually in either front load or top load washing machines. Water should always enter the machine through the inlet hose.
  • DON’T keep candles, diyas (earthen lamps), heaters, iron or lamps on top of a washing machine.
  • DON’T keep a gas cylinder near a washing machine.
  • DON’T keep a washing machine on a wooden plank or cupboard.

  • DON’T wash just one or two clothes. Drum must be at least 40% loaded for starting a wash program. If not sufficiently loaded, the machine will be in an unbalanced condition and program time extends. Clothes will not dry and the machine may show the 'UnbL' error code.
  • DON’T install or reinstall a washing machine yourself. Installation must be done by a trained IFB Service Technician. Please register your request through this app.
  • DON’T expose your washing machine to direct sunlight or rain.
  • DON’T use electrical extension boxes/5A to 15A converter. Use a regular 16A socket on wall for plugging in the machine.
  • DON’T run a washing machine on a generator or inverter. The same applies for appliances like dishwasher, dryer and microwave oven.
  • If the machine’s outer body becomes hot when you use hot wash program, DON’T worry. It is normal.

  • DON’T add any kind of chemical, including petrol or dry cleaning agent, in a washing machine

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