While some people like to deep-clean their washing machines once a year, others do it weekly or even more often.
the complete guide to Cleaning Your Washing Machine
Unplug the washing machine from the wall.
Ensure you have turned off all water supply to the washing machine (if it has one), and ensure you unplug its power cable.
Please wait until your washing machine is completely cold before you unplug it!
- Turn the knob to open the door
- Remove the detergent cup (it’s the thing on top)
- Wash and rinse it in hot water
- Dry it with a clean towel
When using bleach, it’s essential to dilute it first.
Make a bleach-to-water mix of one part bleach to four parts water. If a specific stain is particularly stubborn, you can increase the ratio of bleach to water until you find that the paint has been removed.
Once your mixture is prepared, pour it into your washing machine with detergent and clothes for cleaning, and allow them to sit for around twenty minutes.
Run the machine for one minute (without laundry) to help remove any residue that could cause mold to grow.
If your washing machine has a soak cycle, utilize it to run the device independently. Allow it to fill with water before shutting off the power supply and draining any excess liquid that may have accumulated inside it.
Wipe down the drum with a sponge or cloth.
Wear rubber gloves and use a sponge or cloth to do this procedure. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your washing machine, which could damage it.
Also, avoid using metal brushes or other abrasive materials. The drum of your washer is made from plastic, and metal parts can scratch it.
If you have a top-loading washing machine, it is essential to empty any standing water from the tub after each cycle.
Front-loading washing machines also require that you empty any standing water from the tub before starting your next load. This will prevent mildew or mold from forming in your device.
To do this:
- If emptying a front-loading machine, turn off the power to your washer and dryer (if applicable). Then unplug them as well.
- Open up your door(s) and remove any clothing that may be inside of them.
- Use a towel or large sponge to soak up any remaining water on the floor of your laundry room or garage area if needed.
- Finally, go ahead and give everything a quick wipe down with some soapy water and let it air dry before putting everything back where they go!
Your washing machine needs washing, too.
It is crucial to wash your washing machine on a regular schedule, primarily if you use it frequently.
Laundry detergent can leave a residue on the drum that can build up over time and become difficult to remove. After each cycle, wipe down the drum with a sponge or towel to remove any extra accumulated detergent or fabric softener.
Some washers also have filters in them. Be sure to clean these periodically as well!
This is an easy way to keep your washer clean and doesn’t require much time or effort.
It may seem strange initially, but once you clean your machine every few months or so, you’ll never go back!