Your washing machine is an indispensable appliance in your home, ensuring your clothes are fresh and clean. But have you ever thought about the cleanliness of the machine itself? Over time, soap scum, mineral deposits, and bacteria can build up inside, affecting its performance and even your laundry’s cleanliness.
Here is a guide with essential steps to keep your washing machine in top shape:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- Old toothbrush
- A clean, dry cloth
1. Clean the detergent tray: Start by removing the detergent tray and soaking it in warm, soapy water. Use an old toothbrush to scrub away any stubborn residue. Rinse it thoroughly and let it air dry.
2. Clean the drum: To clean the inside of your washing machine, fill it with the hottest water setting and add two cups of white vinegar. Allow the machine to run a full cycle without any clothes. This will help to break down soap scum, mineral deposits, and bacteria in the drum.
3. Wipe down the exterior: While the machine is running its cleaning cycle, take the time to wipe down the exterior. Use a microfiber cloth and a mixture of water and mild detergent to clean the control panel, buttons, and the machine’s exterior surface. Ensure to pay special attention to any spills or stains.
4. Remove lint and debris: The lint filter in your washing machine can get clogged with fabric fibers and debris. Locate the filter (usually near the bottom of the machine) and remove any buildup. A clean filter ensures your machine drains properly and prolongs its life.
5. Clean the rubber gasket: The rubber gasket around the door is a common spot for mold and mildew to grow. Wipe it down with a mixture of water and white vinegar to prevent any unpleasant odors.
6. Finish with a baking soda rinse: After the vinegar cycle, run a second cycle with hot water and a cup of baking soda. This will help neutralize any lingering vinegar smell and provide a final clean.
7. Wipe dry: Once you’ve completed the cleaning cycles, open the machine and wipe the drum, gasket, and door with a clean, dry cloth to ensure no moisture is left behind.
By following these steps at least once a month, you’ll maintain a fresh and clean washing machine. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your appliance but also ensures your clothes come out as clean and fresh as possible. A well-maintained washing machine is an essential part of a clean and efficient laundry routine, contributing to a healthy and hygienic home.
Written by Maegan-Leigh Jacobs for Garden&Home.
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