How And Why Should You Clean Your Washing Machine
It seems Surprising that a machine purely used to clean need cleaning. The washing machine’s job is to wash—why would the machine itself need to be cleaned? Isn’t it always filled with soap and water anyway?
Heres shy it is necessary to clean your washing machine, The soap residue, minerals, and chemicals from your detergent can get locked inside your washing machine and create a thin Coating that traps Germs. These Germs can clog the inner mechanisms, so your water doesn’t get as hot and your detergent won’t form effectively. Also, washing machines are, by design, hot-humid, and dark environments. This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow and spread.
This film of lingering detergent also be a source of unpleasant smells, so your Washing Machine may start to harbor stinky smells. If it gets bad enough, this smell may even start to catch on your Laundry.
Therefore it is very necessary to clean your washing machine to protect your clothing and your family to look clean and smell fresh.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?
This all depends on the frequency of use, the age of the washing machine, and the condition it is in. However, I would recommend that you should be cleaning the inside and outside of your Washing Machine once per month. If you use a natural solution, this process will not harm your septic system (or your wallet)—so the more often you clean, the better!
If you have a whiteWashing Machine, you may be able to see the buildup easily. You’ll notice dark streaks along the rim. Those aren’t stains from your clothes (as I admittedly once thought)—those are residue from the soap buildup! Gross! If you see those streaks, your Washing Machine, then it is probably a good time to clean.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR WASHING MACHINE?
While there are so many methods to clean the best semi-automatic washing machine, In this article we will talk about readily available solutions that most of you probably have in your pantry or laundry room.
White vinegar disinfects and sanitizes, and the acidity helps to eat away built-up residue. Plus, as the vinegar drains away, it can clean the insides of your pipes as well! White vinegar also has deodorizing properties, so it will get rid of bad odors in the basin and your septic system.
So, we went on a quest to find the best way to clean your Washing Machine that is eco-friendly and cost-effective. While bleach is often used as a common way to clean a washing machine, it is toxic, smelly, and can clog septic systems. We wanted to find something natural for your machine and your family.
The answer is something we’ve discussed before on this blog, and it keeps popping up time and time again: white vinegar.
Baking soda will add a punch of freshness! It can “exfoliate” away soap residue and neutralize odors. Baking soda is white vinegar’s partner in crime.
We will go through how to clean a top loader, a front loader, and some tricks for cleaning the outside and detergent basins of the machines.
How to Clean a top Loader Machine
- Step 1: Set your Washing Machine to run on the hottest setting for the largest load. You’ll be running the water without clothes or detergent.
Step 2: Add 3 cups of white vinegar to the basin. Start the machine and allow it to fill with water. As it fills, the water will mix with the vinegar.
Step 3: Once the machine is full, let it agitate for 1-2 minutes. Then stop the machine.
Step 4: Add in ½ cup of baking soda. Run the machine again for 1-2 minutes. Stop the machine.
Step 5: Let the water, white vinegar, and baking soda mixture sit in the Washing Machine basin for 1-2 hours—do not have the machine running.
Step 6: Startup the washing machine again after 1-2 hours. Let the cycle finish and drain the water.
Step 7: After the first cycle has completed, wipe the top of the basin with a sponge. The water doesn’t fill to the top so that scum ring underneath the rim needs some extra attention. Wipe it off with a mixture of water and white vinegar.
Step 8: Run another cycle of plain hot water. Do not add vinegar or baking soda. This will rinse everything out and kill any bacteria that were loosened up in the previous cycle.
Step 9: Wipe the inside of the basin with clean Micro fibre cloth.
And There you Have it
HOW TO CLEAN A FRONT LOADER WASHING MACHINE
Step 1: Clean around the rubber padding at the front of the Washing Machine (aka the gasket). This area tends to get filled with hair and goop. Spray the area with a vinegar-water mixture. Sprinkle some baking soda on a rag or sponge and rub, rub, rub.
Step 2: Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda into the basin of the machine.
Step 3: Add 3 cups of white vinegar to the basin.
Step 4: Run your machine on the hottest setting for the largest load (or the longest time).
Step 5: When the first cycle is done, run another cycle of just plain water to kill any bacteria, and rinse the machine.
Step 6: Wipe down the inside of the drum with a clean cloth.
The inside of your washing machine should feel smooth and smell fresh!
CLEANING THE OUTSIDE:
Don’t neglect the top and the detergent dispensers! Often, people will put their clean clothes on top of their washing machine—you don’t want to put freshly cleaned clothes on top of a bacteria-filled surface! Moreover, the detergent dispensers can get clogged, sticky, and grimy—making your detergent itself filled with germs and bacteria!
Dip an old cloth in a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar (2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar). Wipe down the top of the Washing Machine, the knobs, the doors, and the dispensers. If there are hard-to-reach places, use an old toothbrush to get in there and clean out crevices.
KEEPING YOUR WASHING MACHINE CLEAN
Take a few simple steps after each wash to prevent the growth of bacteria, keeping your Washing Machine and clothes clean and fresh.
o Don’t let your clothes sit after washing. We’ve all done it: forgotten that we put a load of laundry on and let it sit in the Washing Machine for hours without moving it to the dryer. It happens. But this can breed bacteria on your clothes from sitting in such a humid environment. If you forget a load for too long, you may want to run a second cycle.
o After moving clothes to the dryer, leave the door or lid of the Washing Machine open. This will allow the inside of the basin to dry, thus preventing bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing.
o Don’t overfill your machine with extra-large loads of laundry. This can cause the Washing Machine to overwork, thus trapping and clogging your pipes and drains.
When you’re done cleaning your Washing Machine, it’s time to move on to the dryer!
The best part about this Washing Machine cleaning? No harsh scrubbing or chemicals needed! You just pour in the white vinegar and let it run! For just a few bucks, you have yourself cheap ways to clean, easy way to clean your Washing Machine—and your clothes! We guarantee you’ll be shocked at how fresh your entire laundry room will feel and smell after your Washing Machine gets a thorough cleaning.