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How to Clean Washing Machine

Clean Washing Machine: How to Clean Your Washer Naturally

This may sound odd but cleaning your washing machine is absolutely necessary. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Depending on their design, some washers tend to have an unpleasant smell. Water is held in some parts of the washer which become the breeding ground for molds and foul odors.
  • Clean clothes can obtain the smell of the washing machine. So if your washer smells bad, your clothes may smell bad as well.
  • Hard water (water that contains dissolved mineral compounds) causes buildup of lime in pipes and certain components. This makes things run slower. By maintaining a clean washing machine, you can prevent this lime buildup and make your washer more efficient.
  • Dirt and soap often splash up and leave grime on some parts of the machine. Clean clothes can also obtain these stains if your washing machine is unwashed for a long time.
  • If you live in an area with humid climate, your washer is most likely to remain wet due to constant air moisture. This causes mildew and stale odors.

Things You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of water
  • A scrubby sponge
  • An old toothbrush

Directions to Clean Washing Machine:

  1. Begin by mixing water and baking soda in a bowl. This mixture will serve as the detergent for cleaning your washer. Pour the white vinegar in a cup then go to your machine.
  2. Pour the mixture into the detergent container of your washer and the vinegar to the drum. Set your machine to run on the hottest water and normal load setting. Do not add laundry detergent or any clothing. Start the machine and let it do the job for you. The vinegar and the baking soda mixture will naturally disintegrate any lime buildup, mold growth and mineral deposits, making your washing machine clean and refreshed.
  3. Get the clean scrubber and use it to rub the opening of the machine. Give attention to the top of the wash bin, the knobs and fabric conditioner dispensers as well. You can use an old toothbrush to detail the grime and stubborn mold that have built up in your washer. Wipe clean with water.
  4. Your washing machine is now sparkling clean! Your entire laundry room may even smell differently after you’re done with cleaning as the stale odor is now gone. Do this natural cleaning procedure once a month to maintain the tip-top condition of your washer.

Tips for Keeping Your Washer Clean:

Leave the door of the machine open when not in use. Front-load machine in particular become smelly more quickly if you shut the door. Do not let your clothes sit in the machine after washing them. The clothes tend to have an unpleasant odor if you do not remove them immediately. You may do the general cleaning once a month but that doesn’t mean you don’t do any cleaning at all between those intervals. Give your machine a quick wipe with a dry, clean towel after you’re finished with your laundry so that it stays fresh longer.

Cleaning your washer does not take too much time and labor. With basic supplies and little effort, you can get rid of all the dirt, grime and stale odors. A clean washing machine functions better and is likely to last longer than grimy ones.

Happy washing!