Cleaning Your Washing Machine
It’s important to maintain your appliances! You may give your fridge a thorough clean out, and your microwave a wipe down once a week. You clean the lint trap from your dryer every time you dry your clothes. But what about your washing machine? Are you noticing a foul smell every time you open the lid to start a new load?
Then it maybe time to give your washing machine a good clean! Hard-water minerals can build up as well as general dirt and grime and left-over laundry detergent – sort of like how your tub builds up soap scum if it’s not cleaned. Mold and mildew can hide under the washer lid/door.
So, to get rid of the funk, every six months when you do your spring and fall cleaning, here’s what to do if you’ve got a front-loading washing machine.
Grab white vinegar, a spray bottle, a towel or microfiber cloth, and some baking soda. First, clean around the gasket with that white vinegar and spray bottle. Wipe it down with the damp towel, and make sure to get all the stuff that’s accumulated.
Next, set your washer to the very highest level with the highest temperature. Add two cups of vinegar to your detergent dispenser and run through a complete cycle. When that’s done, add a half cup of baking soda to the drum and run again – still using the highest level and hottest water temperature. When it’s done, wipe down the inside of the drum. Go ahead and wipe down the front as well.
If you’ve got a top loading washing machine, you’ll need a toothbrush, vinegar, a towel or microfiber cloth, and baking soda.
Again, set your washer to the highest level and the hottest setting, add four cups of vinegar to the wash cycle. After it starts, pause your machine and let it sit for an hour. While it’s sitting, it’s a good idea to wipe down the nobs and the front of your washing machine. You can even use an old toothbrush to scrub out the fabric softener and bleach dispensers that have gotten clogged with gunk. Continue your wash cycle after an hour. Then follow that with a cup of baking soda, and at the end of your cycle wipe down your tub.
And now you’ve got a clean washing machine!
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