Washing machines can become unclean over time as soap scum accumulates, leaving you with a desperate need for a thorough cleaning. Learning to clean a washing machine is critical for avoiding odors, mildew, and filth. If you perform these deep cleanings once every six months, your washing machine will remain fresh and clean. Here’s how you do it:
1. Gather Your Cleaning Materials
You will need:
- White vinegar, distilled
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
2. Pour vinegar into the washing machine and begin a cycle.
Set your washing machine’s temperature to the highest temperature setting. Turn it on and add four cups of white vinegar. After the brief cycle, turn off the washing machine and leave the water and vinegar to rest for an hour.
3. Wipe down the washing machine’s lid and the rest of the machine.
While you wait, you may work on the remaining surfaces of the washing machine. Using a microfiber cloth, smear vinegar around the top and bottom of the lid, the sides, and the front of the washer. Rub along the whole surface of your appliance.
4. Pay special attention to the detergent and fabric softener dispenser.
The fabric softener detergent and dispensers in the washing machine demand special attention. A toothbrush will come in useful to thoroughly cleanse their apertures and ensure that they are fresh and clean.
5. Run another cycle with baking soda.
After the first cycle, add a cup of baking soda and restart your washing machine for one more vigorous cycle (still on the hottest/highest settings).
6. Leave the lid open and let it dry naturally.
The simplest method is to leave the lid up until it’s completely dry simply, or you may wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth.
A clean washing machine performs way better and lasts longer. Cleaning it can seem like a daunting task, but following the steps and recommendations above will surely be worth it. Happy cleaning!
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