Cleaning your washing machine is an important, but often overlooked, part of keeping your home and clothing clean. Regular cleaning helps extend the life of your washing machine and keeps it running smoothly. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean a washing machine.
Prepare Your Washing Machine for Cleaning
Before you begin the actual cleaning process, be sure to unplug your washing machine and shut off both the hot and cold-water supply lines connected to the back of your washer. If you have a top loading washer, remove any laundry detergent that may have built up around the top edge of the washer drum over time.
Remove Buildup and Deodorize
The next step is to remove any buildup or residue from inside the drum of your washer. To do this, fill the drum with hot water then add two cups of distilled white vinegar or bleach (depending on what type of material your washing machine is made from). Allow this mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes before draining it out. This will help break down any soap scum or grime that has built up in the drum over time.
Once you’ve drained out the mixture, fill the drum with hot water again then add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let this sit for another 15 minutes before draining it again. The baking soda will help deodorize any bad odors that may be lingering in your wash.
Clean Exterior Surfaces
Once you’ve finished cleaning out the interior of your washer, turn your attention to its exterior surfaces by wiping them down with a damp cloth that has been soaked in either warm soapy water or white vinegar. Be sure to remove any lint or dirt particles that have accumulated around knobs or dials as well as other hard-to-reach areas such as underneath hoses and behind control panels. Conclusion: Once you’ve completed these steps, it’s important to take a few moments each month for maintenance purposes including inspecting hoses for signs of wear or tear and checking for clogs in filters and drain pipes if applicable. Additionally, try running an empty cycle with just hot water every few months to help keep everything running smoothly and free from buildup or residue. With regular cleaning and maintenance, you can ensure that your washing machine will stay in good working order for years to come!