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Cleaning Your Washing Machine

It may seem strange to have to clean a washing machine that does the cleaning, but soap suds and detergent buildup can start to cause problems over time. Your clothing and your washing machine will benefit from a periodical cleaning. Here’s what you have to know from the inside out, to keep your washing machine in great shape.

Collect Your Materials

There’s no need for harsh cleaning products here; all you need is a little baking soda, white vinegar, and glass cleaner to give it a nice shine when you’re done. You might also need a microfiber cloth and an old toothbrush.

Cleaning the Inside

First, use hot water and a toothbrush or rag to remove soap suds and detergent buildup. Clean all crevices and nooks, and clean and soak any removable parts such as soap dispensers and fabric softener.

If you have a front-loading washer, wipe down the rubber gasket at the front of the machine as it manages to collect soap residue, hair, and mildew.

Then start the washing cycle using the largest load size and the hottest water. Put two cups of white vinegar and start the cycle. For special cleaning of the washer, repeat the cycle with half a Cup of baking soda.

If you have a top-loading washer, you can start the cycle and use running water to clean the inside. You will also need to manually wash the top of the agitator and basin over the waterline.

Detail the Outside

Start at the top of your washing machine and move down. Using a wet towel and your trusty toothbrush, wipe the control panel and handles, then the top, sides, and front of the machine. Also, check the hoses connected to your washer if they have any damage or cracks. Finally, wipe the entire exterior surface with a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner to make it shine. 

Regular Cleaning

Now that it’s sparkling clean, you need to repeat this process every six months to ensure your washing machine works well for a long time. To learn more about keeping your home appliances in great shape, find¬†AC Repair Center near you!