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Tips for Deep Cleaning You Washing Machine

March 3, 2024
Tips for Deep Cleaning You Washing Machine

Why Deep Clean Your Washer?

Keeping your washing machine clean is important for several reasons:

Sanitization

  • Over time, residue from dirt, bacteria, mold, and mildew can build up inside your washer.
  • A deep clean helps sanitize the drum, dispensers, hoses, and other components. This helps kill germs and prevent the spread of bacteria onto your clean clothes.

Odor Prevention

  • Built-up gunk and grime inside the machine can lead to unpleasant odors on your laundry.
  • A deep cleaning helps remove musty smells by getting rid of stuck-on dirt, soap scum, and mold. This leaves your washer smelling fresh.

Improved Performance

  • When detergent, fabric softener, and dirt build up, it can clog hoses, dispensers, and drains. This affects your machine’s cleaning ability.
  • A thorough deep cleaning helps clear any clogs or blockages so your washer can work optimally. Your clothes will get cleaner and brighter.

Extend Washer Lifespan

  • Letting a washing machine go too long without deep cleaning leads to damage over time. Grime buildup corrodes components.
  • Regular deep cleans help remove abrasive residues so your machine parts stay in good condition. This helps your washer last longer.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Baking soda – cleans and deodorizes
  • White vinegar – removes soap scum, kills mold and bacteria
  • Liquid dish detergent – cuts through grease and grime
  • Hot water – helps dissolve buildup
  • Cleaning toothbrush or scrub brush – scrubs tough stains
  • Microfiber cloths – wipe away dirt
  • Rubber gloves – protect your hands

Step-by-Step Deep Cleaning Process

1. Check Manual First

  • Consult your washing machine’s manual for any special cleaning procedures or precautions for your model.

2. Clean Inside the Drum

  • Sprinkle a layer of baking soda across the bottom of the empty drum.
  • Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and hot water. Liberally spray the interior surfaces.
  • Using a scrub brush, scrub the drum, door, and gasket to remove grime and soap scum.
  • Run a rinse cycle to clear out the cleaning solution.

3. Clean Dispensers and Trays

  • Open dispensers and use a cleaning toothbrush dipped in dish detergent and hot water to scrub the surfaces.
  • Clean tray inserts andMake lines if needed.
  • Wipe everything dry with a microfiber cloth.

4. Flush the Hoses

  • Fill the detergent tray with equal parts vinegar and hot water. Run a wash cycle. This will flush the hoses.
  • Interrupt the cycle periodically to let it soak if needed.
  • After, run a rinse cycle with plain hot water to clear out vinegar.

5. Sanitize With a Hot Wash

  • Run a hot wash cycle at the highest temperature setting with 1-2 cups of bleach to sanitize the drum and components.
  • If your machine doesn’t have bleach dispenser, dilute in water first.
  • Optionally add baking soda – It boosts cleaning power.
  • Allow machine to complete full hot wash and rinse cycle.

6. Clean Exterior and Vents

  • Wipe down outside surfaces with a microfiber cloth and soapy water or disinfecting wipes.
  • Use cotton swabs to clean the vent openings and nooks.
  • Dry surfaces thoroughly with a clean towel.

7. Remove and Clean Filter

  • Locate the filter cap along the bottom front panel.
  • Twist cap counterclockwise and pull out the filter.
  • Rinse under hot water and scrub with an old toothbrush if needed.
  • Replace filter and cap when clean.

8. Leave Door Open to Dry

  • After the final rinse, leave the door open overnight to allow the washer’s interior to completely dry out.
  • This prevents mold and mildew growth in moist areas.

9. Freshen Drum Monthly

  • Going forward, leave the door open after use to allow drying.
  • Once a month, sprinkle some baking soda in the empty drum and run a hot water rinse cycle.
  • This maintains freshness between deep cleans.

When to Deep Clean Your Washer

  • Every 3-6 months – Regular deep cleaning keeps wash performance optimal.
  • When switching detergents – Remove buildup from the old brand before starting the new.
  • Before first use – New washers benefit from an initial deep clean.
  • After sickness – Deep clean and sanitize after illness to kill germs in laundry.
  • When musty smells develop – Eliminate odors by cleaning away trapped dirt and grime.
  • Following mold growth – Clean, disinfect, and dry thoroughly after any mold is seen.

A regularly deep cleaned washing machine means you’ll get better performance, fewer repairs, and fresh clean laundry each time. Following these tips will keep your washer like new.

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