How to Clean Your Washing Machine
A washing machine is an invaluable investment that cleans your clothes at the touch of a button, thereby saving you time and energy. Even though a washing machine is designed to clean clothes, it gets dirty too, hence the need for regular cleaning. Everything from leftover detergent to limescale and mold can build up in various parts of the appliance over time.
A dirty washing machine can harbor unpleasant odors, causing your clothes to smell or come out dirty; and become a breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, it is important to clean your washing machine every 3 to 6 months, depending on how often you use the appliance and the cleaning products you use.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, we've put together a guide that will help you clean both a front-loading washing machine and a top-loading washing machine.
How to Clean a Top-Loading Machine with Vinegar and Baking Soda
You'll need the following supplies:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber cloth
- Step 1: Pour one gallon of white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the inside of the washer drum and around the rubber gaskets. Wipe the washer drum and the rubber gaskets thoroughly with a microfiber cloth.
- Step 2: Pour two cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run the washing machine on its longest cycle with hot water. The combination of white vinegar and hot water eliminates mildew odors and prevents bacteria growth.
- Step 3: Sprinkle a cup or 60 grams of baking soda into the washer drum and run the washing machine on the longest cycle with hot water.
- Step 4: Wipe down the inside and outside of the door, and the entire front of the washing machine. Once you are done, wipe the machine with a dry microfiber cloth or leave the door slightly open so the machine can air dry.
How to Clean a Front-Loading Machine with Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Step 1: Add 4 cups of white vinegar into the machine and set it on its highest and hottest cycle. Let it fill up and pause the machine to allow the water and vinegar to sit for an hour.
- Step 2: Spritz vinegar onto a microfiber cloth and wipe down the lid and the entire front and sides of the washer.
- Step 3: Pour vinegar into the detergent dispensers and wipe them thoroughly with a microfiber cloth. If they are removable, take them out, clean them well, and rinse them well with hot water.
- Step 4: Pour a cup of baking soda into the machine and set it on its highest and hottest cycle. Leave the lid open to allow the machine to air dry.
Need Help with Cleaning Your Washing Machine? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown
Does your washing machine have a bad odor even after performing routine cleaning? If so, youll need the help of an experienced plumber to clean the machine. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, we have reliable cleaning tools and supplies to clean your washing machine so it runs like new.