Tips to Help You Clean to Maintain Your Washing Machine

1 May 2017
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You rely upon your home appliances to make your life easier and the everyday tasks simpler and faster to complete, especially with the busy-ness of the world today. When your clothes washer begins to not work properly, such as leaking, not filling or draining water from its drum properly, or causing your clothes to smell worse after they have been through a wash cycle, it is time to get it repaired or cleaned to remedy the problem so you can go on with your busy life.

Here are some tips to help you periodically clean and maintain your washer to remove and prevent any foul-smelling build-up.

Clean Your Top-Loading Machine

When you use your washing machine to wash your clothes and other home linens, you may not stop to inspect its interior cleanliness and not even notice the build-up of dirt, soap residue, and hard water. If you live in an area that has hard water, this can cause mineral deposits to accumulate on the interior of your washer drum and inside the washer's internal components you can't see unless you take the washer apart. For this reason, it is recommended to clean out your washer's interior periodically to keep the machine able to clean your clothes.

Cleaning Agents

To clean the interior areas of your washing machine, you can use white vinegar and baking soda to remove build-ups. Vinegar will work on the interior of your machine to remove hard water build-up and its acid content will help to kill any bacteria, mold and mildew in your washer. Researchers in the U.S. found that when compared with commercial cleaning products, the acid in vinegar kills pathogens by chemically changing the proteins and fats that are included in their make-up. 

Vinegar will also break down soap residue that has built up inside the washer. It is important to remove old soap residues inside your washer, as they can attract and collect dirt and breed bacteria.

Baking soda used in your cleaning regime helps to also break up soap scum and also neutralizes and deodorizes any unpleasant smells that have begun to reside in your washing machine. Often, these smells can get into the fabrics of your clothes and towels, causing them to smell even after they have dried. Residues can also get into your clothes and linens, causing them to feel rough.

Cleaning Process

Turn on your washer and fill the tub with hot water at the highest water setting, adding several cups of white vinegar into the washer as it fills. Next, add approximately one-half cup baking soda to the water. Let the washer agitate for a few minutes to work the vinegar and baking soda through the washer, then leave the lid open so the water and vinegar can soak internally. Let it soak for up to an hour with the lid up.

While it soaks, use a rag and a vinegar and water solution to wipe around the top and the lid of the washer to remove any grime and residue. Also wipe out to clean the laundry detergent and softener basins and any residue on the top of the washer drum. Close the washer lid after an hour and let the cycle complete. Finally, wipe down the interior of the drum with your vinegar and water solution and cleaning rag to remove any remaining residue.

Cleaning Your Front-Loading Machine

Cleaning a front-loading washing machine can be more important than a top loading washer because of the door's ability to seal the machine internally, as it can allow mold and mildew to grow easily. for this reason, it is also recommended to leave the door to your machine open between uses so it can dry out its interior.

Clean your front loader washing machine using the same cleaning mixture as outlined above, except you will need to add baking soda into the detergent compartment and the vinegar into the interior, then close the door to run the wash cycle on hot water.

After the cycle has completed, use a rag and water and vinegar solution to clean around the rubber seal just inside the washer. Use your hand to pull the rubber seal up and back to clean around its interior with the cleaning solution. You might even find some lost items from past washing cycles under the rubber seal. Wipe and clean the door's interior. 

To learn more about your options, contact companies like Affordable Appliance Repair.