Owning a 5-star-rated washing machine will help keep your energy consumption to a minimum. However, it is not the only way to cut down on your carbon footprint, nor make the most of your appliance. Simple measures such as using the right wash programme and correct amount of detergent go a long way in improving the quality of your washes and the appliance’s lifespan.
Here are 5 simple ways to use your washing machine more efficiently.
Select a machine of the optimal capacity
Right off the bat, it’s important to note that the larger the load capacity, the greater the electricity and water consumption. So, while a 12kg Haier washing machine or a 10kg Lloyd washing machine is ideal for a large family, an 8kg one will suffice for a medium-sized household.
If the capacity is more than what you require, wastage becomes an issue and energy bills increase. Conversely, if the load capacity is too little, you won’t be able to do your laundry in one go, and this isn’t efficient either. Hence, the key is to select the load capacity by noting your family size and your regular laundry requirements.
Use the right temperature settings during washes
Setting the correct temperature during wash cycles, as indicated on clothing labels, ensures the longevity of your clothes. Fabrics such as silk and wool are more delicate than cotton and hence, need to be washed at a lower temperature. Apart from efficiently handling different types of clothes, using optimal temperature settings also helps you cut down on energy bills. So, while you may use hot water for your activewear and children’s clothing, warm water may suit the rest of your laundry better. Further, using ideal temperature settings ensures that you get the most out of the detergent you use.
Load detergent in sufficient quantity
Detergent is an integral ingredient to wash cycles and using the right amount increases the efficiency of your washes in more ways than one. For instance, too little detergent would imply insufficient amount of cleansing agent and you may end up with stains even after a full wash. On the other hand, using excessive amounts of detergent isn’t good either as you may end up drainage issues and scum build up inside your machine. To know how much detergent you need to use, it’s best that you consult your appliance’s instruction manual and read about the properties of the detergent.
Make proper use of the wash programmes available
Every washing machine today comes with multiple wash programmes, and before you start your laundry you must choose an appropriate cycle. Using the right setting ensures that your clothes are handled properly and that resources, both water and detergent, are used optimally. For instance, the ‘rinse and spin’ setting removes moisture, whereas the ‘normal’ setting tackles averagely-soiled cotton clothes. Having an intelligent appliance, for instance a Lloyd washing machine with Fuzzy Logic, allows you to optimise water levels and other resources per cycle.
Clean the washing machine’s drum
Given that the washing machine drum comes in frequent contact with dirt and detergent, there’s every chance that it can get grimy. This not only decreases the quality of your washes, but also causes odour build-up. Further, a dirty machine becomes a breeding ground for germs, bacteria and mould. So, whether it’s the longevity of your machine or that of your clothes, periodic drum cleansing is a must. This becomes easier when you have a Lloyd washing machine that has a Tub Clean feature as it facilitates automatic cleaning. This eliminates residue and dirt that may have accumulated during the wash cycle at the click of a button.
You’ll notice that using your Fully automatic washing machine more efficiently depends on the machine’s features, as well as the precautions you take. Hence, when making a purchase, opt for a model that offers superior capabilities. Here are a couple of washing machines that you can consider.
Haier 12kg/4kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (HWD120-B1558)
This Haier washing machine comes with a beltless Direct Drum Motor that improves the appliance’s efficiency, cuts down on energy usage and keeps wash cycles steady as well as silent. Further, since you have two drums you can employ simultaneous or separate washing, and thereby effortlessly do your laundry. Further, the Anti-Bacterial technology eliminates up to 99.8% of bacteria, keeping the drum hygienic. Also, the Laser Seamless Welding Drum technology used increases the longevity of the appliance.
Lloyd 8kg Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (LWMT80TS)
This Lloyd washing machine offers a range of features that facilitate efficiency. As mentioned earlier, the Tub Clean feature cleans the drum automatically by removing post-wash residues and dirt. The Fuzzy Logic feature adjusts washing conditions by noting factors such as water levels, laundry weight, door lid opening and load imbalance. Additionally, the Water Recycle feature helps you reduce water consumption as it uses water left in the tub for future washes. Also, the Auto-Imbalance feature ensures that the machine remains balanced and this increases the longevity of the appliance.
Once you pick an appliance, be it a Haier washing machine or a Lloyd washing machine, you can purchase it conveniently by shopping from the Bajaj Finserv EMI Network. You can do so by using your EMI Network Card or by availing in-store financing in case you do not have the card. This allows you to convert your purchases into No Cost EMIs, which you can then repay over a tenor ranging from 3 to 24 months.
So, implement these handy tips to use your washing machine more efficiently. Should you want to bring home a new appliance, check your pre-approved offer from Bajaj Finserv for instant access to financing of up to Rs. 4 lakh.