How to Clean Your Washing Machine

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Cleaning your washing machine is essential to ensure it operates efficiently and to prevent the build-up of mould, mildew, and unpleasant odours. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean your washing machine:

  1. Gather supplies: You'll need white vinegar, baking soda, a microfiber cloth or sponge, an old toothbrush, and some hot water.

  2. Empty the washing machine: Make sure the washing machine is empty before you begin the cleaning process. Remove any clothes, detergent, or other items from inside the machine.

  3. Clean the detergent dispenser: Most washing machines have a detergent dispenser drawer. Pull it out, and soak it in hot, soapy water. Scrub it with a sponge or brush to remove any detergent residues or build-up.

  4. Clean the door seal and drum: The rubber door seal can accumulate dirt, grime, and mould over time. Wipe it down with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. Use an old toothbrush to get into the crevices and remove any stubborn residue. Also, wipe down the inside of the drum with the vinegar solution to remove any mould or mildew.

  5. Run a hot water cycle with vinegar: Fill the washing machine with hot water to the highest level and add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser or directly into the drum. This will help break down any residue or mineral deposits inside the machine. Run the washing machine on its longest cycle, using the hottest water setting.

  6. Run a second hot water cycle with baking soda: After the vinegar cycle, run another hot water cycle, but this time add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the drum. This will help freshen the interior and neutralize any remaining odours.

  7. Wipe down the exterior: While the washing machine is running the second cycle, take a clean microfiber cloth or sponge and wipe down the exterior of the machine, including the control panel and any other surfaces.

  8. Clean the filter (if applicable): Some washing machines have a lint or debris filter that needs regular cleaning. Refer to your machine's manual for instructions on how to access and clean the filter. If you can't find the manual, you can usually find it online by searching for the make and model of your washing machine.

  9. Leave the door open: To prevent mould and mildew from forming between washes, leave the door of the washing machine slightly ajar after each use. This allows air to circulate inside the drum and helps it dry out.

By following these steps, you can keep your washing machine clean and fresh, ensuring it continues to provide efficient and effective laundry cycles.

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