Check water inlet hoses. Every few months or so, make sure there are no bulges, cracks or leaks and the fittings are tight.
Don’t overload. Oversized loads can cause catastrophic damage to your washing machine, so do smaller loads.
Use the right detergent. Make sure you’re using the right stuff for your model. Most energy-efficient washers require a low-sudsing detergent.
Use the right amount of detergent. Too much detergent will leave a residue and is hard on your washer. Pods make it easy, but if you’re using liquid, measure according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Clean inside the drum and dispensers. This will help keep it clean and smelling fresh. Every 1 to 3 months, depending on use, run an empty load of hot water with 2 cups of white vinegar on Heavy cycle. In the middle of the wash cycle, add ½ cup of detergent. Let the full cycle complete.
Wipe down the drum, door and gasket. Doing this once a month will help ensure the washer won’t give off odors that can seep into your laundry. Use equal parts water and vinegar to clean the gasket.
Leave the door open after a load. To reduce the chance of mildew and bad smells, always keep the door open when not in use.
Move clean laundry to the dryer shortly after it’s done. Leaving wet clothes in the washer can create mold and mildew.
Don’t slam the door. The locking mechanism is plastic and slamming the door can cause an expensive repair.
Check and clean drain pump filter on front-loading washers. Consult your owner’s manual for location. A clogged filter can cause washing machine to not spin or drain.