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Provided below are helpful advice to washing machine and tumble dryers. By following the advice, you can prolong the life of your washing machine; improve the results of your wash

90°C wash tub symbol


How to clean a smelly washing machine

Two to three times a year, simply run your washing machine without any clothes on the hottest 90°C wash with the “extra rinse and the intensive wash” options.


How to clean a smelly washing machine



Unbalanced loadMy Washing machine has stopped working mid cycle?

You can wash the same items for years, then one day for no apparent reason your washing machine stops working mid cycle – or refuses to complete the final spin.


My machine has stopped working mid cycle?

Socks + Washing machine = one sock!I've lost a sock in my washing machine!

The simplest way to avoid losing socks in your machine is to put all your socks in a Protective mesh laundry bag or a Pillowcase.


I've lost a sock in my washing machine?


Tumble dryer

My tumble dryer is not drying my clothes?

Clogged vent hose and filters, blocked condenser, have you empty the water container?


 My tumble dryer is not drying my clothes?


Bath mat setDon't wash bath mats in your washing machine

Although the wash label on bath mats will often say you can wash them in a washing machine, we'd advice you don't !  Because washing bath mats can cause major damage.


ExclamationDon't Wash

Don't wash bath mats in your machine


Continental quilt/Duvet

 Washing a Continental quilt / Duvet in a washing machine


Washing Continental quilt / Duvet can cause major damage to your washing machine by putting excessive strain on your machines components, and the possibility of causing a unbalanced load.

ExclamationDon't Wash

 Washing a Continental quilt /Duvet


TrainersWashing Trainers in a washing machine

Trainers are too heavy – you risk damaging your machine by detaching the plastic drum paddles


ExclamationDon't Wash

 Washing Trainers in a washing machine

Comtainer of Oxygen bleach powder

Can I use Oxygen bleach powder in my colour wash?


Oxygen bleach doesn't break down the fibres in fabrics like Chlorine bleach.. Also oxygen bleach is environmentally safe; the only by-product is soda ash a non-toxic substance that's safe for the water supply.


Can I use Oxygen bleach in my colour wash?


The safe way to machine wash Bras


The under-wires can cause damage to your washing machine.



 The safe way to machine wash Bras


Link to Alcoholic drinks, Wine stain guideStain removal guide

From red wine, gravy and salad dressing to candle wax, lipstick and curry, they're all here.Ink bottle


 Stain removal guide

Care symbols on clothing labelsCare symbols on clothing labels

The care symbols on clothing labels are there to help you clean, dry and iron your clothes effectively, without damaging them.
However, they can be confusing; so here is a clear explanation of what they all mean.

Care Symbol

 Care symbols on clothing labels

Energy graphEU Energy efficiency labelling scheme, explained

Energy labelling is a useful tool to determine the environmental performance of washing machines and tumble dryers.Condensing rating symbol


  E U Energy efficiency labeling scheme


Fabric softerners

Is Fabric softener necessary?


Originally, the only purpose for using fabric softener was to reduce static cling in synthetic fabrics; it isn't needed at all when washing natural fabrics. 



 Is Fabric softener necessary?

Front loading diagramFront-loading vs Top-loading
Top loading diagram

Two different methods of washing clothes, which is the more efficient?



Front  vs Top-loading which is more effieint?


Recycling LogoWhat is WEEE Directive?


The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

WEEE Directive Logo 

 The WEEE Directive



 How to connect a washing machineHow to connect a washing machine


1: Remove the transit bolts.

2: Connect the water. How to connect a washing machine

3: Drain the waste water.

4: Levell the machine.

5: Test the machine.



How to connect a washing machine


 Machine filling with water when not in use?Washing machine filling with water when not in use?

Plumbers, for speed and their convenience will often connect the washing machine drain hose directly to the trap under the sink.

This can sometimes cause the waste water draining from the sink to flow into the washing machine rather than going to the main drain.



Machine filling with water when not in use?




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