Taking care of your washing machine will make it last longer and run more efficiently. Protect the top of your washer by wiping up spills of laundry products at once. Some surfaces and plastic parts can be damaged by ammonia, chlorine, bleach, abrasives, and solvents. Use soil and stain-removers in the sink. Carefully follow the label instructions for clean up.
Be sure that water hoses connected to the washing machine are not bent or kinked. Hoses will last longer if you turn off the hot ans cold water faucets leading to the washer between wash-days. Water pressure puts strain on the hoses.
Vinegar can help keep the hoses clean. It also removes soap residue and reduces build up of mineral deposited in the machine. Add one to one and half cups of vinegar to a normal wash cycle(without any clothes) every couple of months. But be sure to continue through the rinse cycle. you don’t want to leave vinegar on the surface of porcelain enamel tubs. It contains acid that can etch the surface if it remains in contact too long. This can cause rust and rough spots that damage your clothes.
When you do a load heavily soiled or linty wash it may leave a residue in the washer tub. Wipe it out with a damp cloth, and leave the washer open to air dry.