A new washing machine can really improve the efficiency of your wash. If you overload it however, you won’t only lose that efficiency, but you may end up with dirty clothes. Even worse, you could even damage your machine while washing your clothes.
Yet how do you know if you’ve overloaded your machine?
Luckily there is one simple tip when it comes to knowing if you have too many clothes in your washing machine: the 1-hand rule. By placing your hand into your machine’s drum, you can see how much space is left. Perfect is if you cannot fit anything else into the drum, just your hand and your wash. If you can’t get your hand into the drum, then it’s overloaded.
That isn’t the only way of overloading, though. Washing machine drums also have a weight limit, so be careful not to overdo that. Generally, the average washing machine can take 3kg, with larger ones available. As always, check your instruction manual to be sure.
What can happen if you overload your machine, though?
The scenario is that your clothes don’t come out clean and that you get poor results after doing laundry. Sometimes they’ll even come out smelling worse than before.
That’s because those clothes absorb all the water, leaving no space for your detergent to dissolve. That also means that you can get detergent marks on your garments too.
Machine washing makes serpentine garments
You can also get a clothes snake, where all your items are rolled up together. When this occurs, only the outside gets washed and everything wrapped in the middle stays as dirty as before.
Worse, you could end up with detergent residue in your machine, which can be harmful. Overload too often and you can damage your washing machine so all your loads come out smelling worse than when you put them in.
Always put your hand in the drum to make sure you’ve not overloaded.