How I Saved Money, Water, and Time Spent on Laundry

When we moved to our new home a couple of years ago we become the keepers of a lovely front loader washer. Now with all that I have learned over that time I would happily give up the front loader thing and go with an old top loader work horse, but with that being said there are ways to treat a front loader that will make it work for you quite a bit better. There are a few things that I have done with our washer to keep it in good shape but recently I was finding a set of problems that were most likely all related.


My lovely washing machine |
My lovely washing machine


Have your washer cycles been taking longer and longer?

Do your clothes seem wetter than usual even at the end of the spin cycle?

Is there extra water lingering in the washer after a cycle?

I had all these problems plus I then started getting an error code. I looked up the code and it reported to me that there was most likely a problem with the drain cycle.

I went to fetch my handyman cap. 🙂


Love this repair guy! |
Love this repair guy!


Please check out your own washer manual but I will share with you all how I put my washer to rights if this seems to be your trouble. Out came the tools and off came the front panel that covered the drain trap.

Here is where I must warn you to be ready with some supplies before you begin. You will need some rags, paper towels, and a bucket. I propped up the front of my washer on a couple of small blocks so I could access the drain pipe clean out. After having everything next to me and putting the bucket under the drain cap, I unscrewed the cap. Immediately residual water came rushing out into the bucket. Now my drain cap has a piece that comes out, but that piece also comes apart further. I don’t even want to tell you how gross and icky this thing is after several months of steady use! You can say a silent thank you for me not sharing pictures of that not so lovely bit. Let’s just say that I use several paper towels and much soap and hot water to get these parts scrubbed clean before I could even think of putting it back together again. Of course the grime is part of the culprit for the poor draining of my washer, but inevitably there is some small object that has somehow gotten through my constant pocket checking. This time it was a little prayer rock that one of my sons keeps in his pocket sometimes. Crazy kids!

Now that everything is sparkly again I put it all back together and ran a quick clean cycle. The real test: I load of dirty clothes. Hooray for me! The wash cycle was quicker, used less water, and thereby saved me some money by using less electricity both in the washer and the dryer since the dryer now didn’t have to run as long or work as hard to get my clothes dry.


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This is certainly not my favorite job but it is great to be able to solve some problems without spending a fortune on a repair job.

No doubt some of you have some great home maintenance tips too. I would love to hear them!

Peace and health,


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