Ever wondered what that little door on your front loader washing machine is for? It is in fact, a door to a drain trap!
This is where all those little items such as buttons and coins have mysteriously disappeared to during the wash cycle.
If your front loader panel indicates there is a drainage problem or you notice an item such as a button missing from your clothing, you can open this panel up and clear it yourself.
Make sure to check the manual before you do it because not all washers are the same, but you should be able to access it by popping the panel off with a flathead screwdriver.
Put a container and towel down in case there is any water logged up behind the trap door.
This handy skill could save you a pesky call out fee for a mechanic!
Tips to keep your front loader in good nick
• Avoid mould build up by leaving the door of the washing machine open when not in use.
• Wipe out excess water from the rubber seal with a sponge after each use.
• Pull the laundry dispenser out (if the until allows this) and leave in the laundry tub to dry after each use.
This article first published on Better Homes and Gardens.