How to Clean a Washing MachineNovember 15, 2021
How do you clean a washing machine?
- Prepare cleaning materials
- Start a hot cycle with vinegar
- Clean the lid and outside of the machine
- Begin another hot cycle with baking soda
- Dry it out with the lid open
- Use bleach
Everything we use, even the ones for cleaning, gets dirty over time. Washing machines are no exception. There will inevitably be a buildup of soap scum in the washer and maybe even some mold, grime, lint, or dirt. It can only be expected from a machine that handles dirty clothes, so you should know how to clean a washing machine. If you don’t, then your clothes wouldn’t be as clean as you think they are, or worse, they might develop a bad odor as well. Read on to learn more.
Prepare Cleaning Materials
The first thing to do is to prepare all the materials that you need. Luckily, most of what you need can be found in your own kitchen. Try to get the following materials:
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle/small bucket
- Washcloth or microfiber cloth
These everyday household items should be enough to clean your washing machine. For convenience’s sake, keep these items in reach while you’re in the process of cleaning the equipment.
Start a Hot Cycle with Vinegar
Fill your washing machine with hot water and start a cycle on its highest and hottest setting. Instead of using detergent, put two to four cups of white vinegar with the water. No need to worry about damaging anything because vinegar is safe to use both for the machine and your clothes. The vinegar and the hot water will work together to kill bacteria and prevent their growth. It will also eliminate bad odors. When the machine is filled up but only just started, pause the cycle and let the hot water and vinegar sit for an hour.
Fully automatic washing machines like this one are easier to clean because of their presets. Starting a cycle with vinegar in its stainless inner tub will be more energy efficient than other washing machines.
For front-loading washing machines: You can put the vinegar in the detergent dispenser, and you don’t need to pause the machine.
Clean the Lid and Outside of the Machine
While the hot water and vinegar mixture is cleaning the inside of the machine, you can start cleaning the lid and the outside parts of the machine. Make another mixture in a different container, like a small bucket or a spray bottle. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with about a quarter of warm water. Then, using the spray bottle and a washcloth or microfiber cloth, scrub down the entire appliance. You can use the toothbrush to clean the dispensers properly — don’t forget to wipe down the knobs and buttons as well.
For front-loading washing machines: The rubber gaskets, which seal the door when closed, are prime suspects of getting dirty quickly. Dirt, mold, and mildew usually accumulate there. Don’t forget to wipe them all around so you don’t miss a spot.
Begin Another Hot Cycle with Baking Soda
After the first cycle, add a cup of baking soda into the mix. Then start another cycle with the new mixture, still at the highest and hottest setting. This would clear up any buildup left by the first cycle. When this cycle ends, use the cloth or toothbrush to scrub the inside of the washing machine after draining. Make sure that no residue is left in any part of the machine.
For front-loading washing machines: Unlike with vinegar, you should put the baking soda directly into the drum instead of through the dispensers. Then run it at its highest, hottest, and longest setting.
Dry It Out with the Lid Open
Your washing machine needs to properly dry after cleaning. When the cycles are done, drain the washing machine completely. You can use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe it down so it’ll dry faster. Then, just leave the lid or the door open while the machine dries on its own.
Alternatively, Use Bleach
Using bleach is another good way to clean your washing machine as it can also kill bacteria. If you want to use bleach for good measure, fill the tub with hot water and mix with bleach. Let the cycle run for a while until the bleach is mixed well with the water. Then, you can pause the cycle and let it soak for an hour. Close the lid and start the cycle after soaking. After doing all of this, you can start with the second step in this guide.
Whether it’s front-loading or top-loading, learning how to clean a washing machine will keep your clothes clean and your machine functioning for a long time. Clean clothes are part of your personal hygiene, so don’t forget to clean your washing machine too!
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