At the start of each year many of us will compile a list of resolutions, from kicking a dirty habit to exercising more. Despite sounding good when making such resolutions, it’s highly likely for some of us that within a couple of weeks of the New Year they’ll all have been broken.
With the new year just around the corner, why not consider making some which will a) save you money, b) keep your appliances running to their full capability for longer, and c) are easier to keep than attending the gym three times a week.
Some New Year resolutions which we here at BuySpares think you should all be considering, include:
Wipe The Door Seal of Your Washing Machine Regularly:
By regularly wiping the seal of your washing machine after it has been used, you’ll be able to remove any moisture and help prevent the build up of bacteria and mould.
Top Tip: If you’re giving your washing machine a thorough clean, including a maintenance wash, you can add the descaler into a spray bottle to make it easier to apply.
All appliances which come into contact with water, from kettles through to washing machines, can be hindered by limescale; particularly if you live in a hard water area.
Limescale can be tackled however by either carrying out regular maintenance washes or by using dedicated limescale and detergent remover. For more tips on how to keep your appliances clean of limescale, give our post “Keep Your Appliances Working by Tackling Limescale” a read.
Avoid Heavy Washing Loads:
Putting too much into the washing machine at any one time can result in damage to the appliance. When watching your washing loads, we also recommend washing similar weighted garments together.
Clean The Soap Dispenser on Your Washing Machine:
If over the last twelve months you’ve noticed your washing machine has been emitting unpleasant odours, there’s a good chance that this is because of a build up of bacteria within the soap dispenser drawer. You can prevent this from occurring over the next year by regularly taking out, cleaning and drying the drawer.
See our video “How to Cure a Smelly Washing Machine” for more information on how to clean your soap dispenser drawer and prevent unpleasant odours.
Mop Up Food Spills Straight Away:
A build up of food spills and grease splatters in your oven and over the hob can seriously impact the performance of your appliance. Wipe up any food spills and grease splatters as early as possible, for safety reasons to make sure that the cooker / hob has cooled down first.
Empty Your Vacuum Regularly:
Many of us are guilty of leaving our vacuum dust containers / vacuum bags until they are full to the brim. Yet doing so will impact on the performance of the appliance, limiting the suction on offer. Ideally, your vacuum should be emptied before it becomes three quarters full.
Whether in your cooker hood, dishwasher, tumble dryer or vacuum cleaner the filters play an important part and can often be the difference between your appliance working to its full potential or gaining a fault.
It’s therefore important to make sure your filters are cleaned on a regular basis; not only will this help with the performance of the appliance but it’ll also prevent unpleasant odours from building up.
As discussed within our blog “Keep Your Fridge Clean & Running, On Clean Your Refrigerator Day” it’s important to make sure that as you purchase new food for the fridge, the existing food is rotated to the front. This will prevent food from going off and reduce the risk of odours occurring.
Something we’re all guilty of is closing the washing machine and the microwave door straight after the appliance has been used, increasing the risk of condensation damaging the appliance. Limit the damage condensation can cause to your appliances by leaving the door on your microwave and washing machine open after use, allowing air to circulate and dry the appliances.
Repair Rather Than Replace:
If you’re going to pick only one resolution from this list, then this should be the one. All household appliances are susceptible to faults on occasions, but faults do not mean the appliance should be replaced.
Instead, by following the expert advice shared throughout our blogs and in our advice centre, you’ll be able to build up the required knowledge to fix a vast range of appliance faults yourself.
Each of these resolutions are designed to help you make the most out of your existing appliances, to save you money and to keep your appliances running effectively for longer.