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What Not to Put in Your Washer

This summer has been a hot one. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that June 2016 was the hottest June in recorded history, with an average for the continental U.S. around 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Warm weather means sweating, and sweating means even more laundry. Washing clothes is hard enough, but there are some objects that, if introduced to your washing machine, could spell disaster. So, are you sure you're using your washer correctly?

Be mindful of tossing in swimsuits/bikinis

A big mistake that a lot of people make is simply throwing their swimsuits in the wash after a long day at the beach or pool without actually thinking about what they're doing. Many swimsuits are too delicate for washing machines, especially higher-end bikinis, and tossing them in with the rest of the laundry can result in major damage.

Even if your swimsuit is designed for the washer, it's probably best to rinse it off first. You don't want the rest of your clothes to smell like chlorine or seaweed for the next few days!

Keys and coins

Is there anything more annoying than needing to make a quick run to the store, only to hear your left over coins clanking against the side of your washing machine? While the embarrassment of having to root through your unmentionables to find them is bad enough, leaving coins in the washer sometimes results in scratches on the inside of your appliance. Simply checking all pockets before tossing in a load can easily mitigate this problem, and maybe even make you a few cents richer.

Too much soap

Putting in too much detergent can actually end up making your clothes dirtier. All that soap ends up filling the nooks and crannies of your clothes, pulling excess dirt and grime along with it. Areas such as your pockets or your collar can actually foster a large amount of bacteria, completely destroying the purpose of washing your clothes in the first place. If you feel like you’ve overdone it simply do a quick rinse cycle to wash out any extra soap!

Don't hesitate to contact your local Roto-Rooter professional if you are experiencing washing machine trouble that is beyond your control! Our trained professionals are happy and eager to help.



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