Washing Machines NEED to be cleaned
Keeping your washing machine clean is important to ensure that it continues to function effectively and last for many years. Dirt and grime can build up inside your machine, leading to unpleasant odors and even damage to your clothing. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to properly clean your washing machine.
Step 1: Preparation
Before starting the cleaning process, there are a few things you will need:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- Soft-bristled brush
- Mermaid diagram (see below)
Step 2: Clean the Dispenser and Door
The dispenser and door of your washing machine are the most likely areas to collect grime and mold. To clean these areas:
- Remove the dispenser from the machine and soak it in a solution of hot water and distilled white vinegar for at least 30 minutes.
- Scrub the dispenser with a soft-bristled brush to remove any remaining grime.
- Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the inside of the door, including the rubber gasket.
Step 3: Run a Cleaning Cycle
To deep clean your machine, run a cleaning cycle with baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Here's how:
- Fill the drum with hot water.
- Add one cup of baking soda to the water and let the machine agitate for a few minutes.
- Pause the machine and add two cups of distilled white vinegar to the water.
- Allow the machine to run through a complete wash cycle on the hottest water setting.
Step 4: Clean the Filter
Most washing machines have a filter that needs to be cleaned periodically to ensure proper function. To clean your filter:
- Locate the filter (it is usually found near the bottom of the machine).
- Place a shallow container beneath the filter to catch any water that may spill out.
- Twist the filter to remove it and rinse it under running water.
- Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any remaining debris.
Step 5: Regular Maintenance
To prevent the buildup of grime and mold, there are a few things you can do on a regular basis to maintain your machine:
- Leave the door open after each use to allow the machine to dry.
- Wipe down the inside of the drum with a microfiber cloth after each use.
- Use only the recommended amount of detergent to prevent excess suds.
With these simple steps, you can keep your washing machine clean and functioning properly for years to come.