Don't Let These Everyday Items Ruin Your Washing Machine

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Washing machines have come a long way since the first electric model went on sale in 1907. That machine, dubbed “Thor” by the Hurley Electric Laundry Equipment Company, wasn’t exactly waterproof, which made for rather dangerous operation when plugged into a wall. More than a century later, these appliances automatically conserve water, dispense detergent at optimal times, and even wash delicate cycles in a separate drawer. Unfortunately, the durable machines can also be put out of commission with something as simple as a quarter.

As Reader’s Digest recently pointed out, consumers loading their washers often make mistakes that can result in substantial repair bills. The worst one? Not emptying pockets to remove loose change. James Peters, Kenmore's laundry product manager, told Reader's Digest that these tiny projectiles can harm washers in a number of ways. They can damage the drain pump or get stuck there, causing problems with water drainage; during high-speed spin cycles, they could also shatter the glass of a front-loading door. Peters advises to check pockets thoroughly before tossing anything inside.

Another washing hazard? Lingerie. The hooks and straps found in more delicate attire can latch on to other clothes, ripping the material or even damaging the drum of the machine.

You’ll also want to double-check that none of your clothes are hiding your car keys: The electronics in a key fob could be ruined when submerged in water, and the keys can easily scratch the interior. Running shoes are also questionable, as shrinkage can lead to a poor fit.

Tiny clothing like baby socks should be put into a mesh bag, so they don’t have an opportunity to get stuck in one of the machine's vents or hoses. Waterproof jackets are also a bad idea; it might seem contrary, but these items can trap water and explode during spin cycles, creating balancing issues and other damage.

Today's machines might seem like mechanical beasts, but a couple of pennies and a pair of baby mittens can be their undoing. Taking these precautions could save you a lot of grief—and a lot of money.

[h/t Reader’s Digest]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

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Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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