You might have noticed dirt, mold, or other residues in your washing machine after using it over time. If yes, it’s high time for cleaning a washing machine; otherwise, the residue might get carried away with clothes making them look dirty and leading to skin eruptions. Here are few tips on cleaning a washing machine, including a top-load or front load machine.
Every time you wash your clothes, the dirt removed from your sheets, clothes, or towels get collected, building grime in your washing machine over time. If you don’t clean it regularly, you can notice a leftover detergent, mold, or mildew on the lid. This residue can stick to your clothes when you wash them with a funky smell. The dirt from some other clothes can steep in your fabrics, causing irritation and skin disruptions. To ensure that your clothes are cleaned, follow these tips for cleaning a washing machine. These tips apply to both front and top-loading machines. Some machines may have a self-clean function, use it and follow the instructions otherwise use this simple hack to remove dirt from hoses and pipes of your machine.
1.Take a mix of hot water and vinegar. Add the solution to the detergent dispense and run it empty on a regular cycle. Don’t worry white vinegar will not harm your washing machine or damage your clothes. Instead, the hot water and vinegar will prevent bacterial growth and remove dirt disposed of in the corner of your machine. Vinegar also acts as a deodorizer and gets rid of odors. Tadda, your machine is fresh and clean now.
2.Take a quart of warm water in a bucket and mix ¼ vinegar. Use the solution to clean the inside of the machine with the help of a sponge or brush. Pay special attention while cleaning the dispensers. If your soap dispenser is removed, soak it into the vinegar solution for some time. You can even clean the exterior of the machine with this solution.
3. Once you are done with the first cycle of cleanup, run another empty, regular cycle without hot-water and vinegar solution. You can add ½ cup baking soda to the dispenser if you want to get rid of dirt loosened from the first cycle. After the process is complete, wipe out the inside of the dispenser with a microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue.
Though the tips mentioned above are the same for both the top-loading and front-loading machine, here are a few things you must consider while cleaning a washing machine.
1.If you own a top-loading washing machine, pause a machine during the first hot water-vinegar cleanup. Add water to the machine and let it settle, pause the cycle for an hour so that the vinegar can soak.
Since the top-loading machine tends to collect more dust and detergent splatters, try to wipe the top of the machine and the buttons with a microfiber cloth soaked in the vinegar solution. You can also use a toothbrush or sponge to clean the areas under the rim or inside the machine.
2. When it comes to cleaning a front-loading machine, it might be a more daunting experience as it isn’t as wide as a top-loading machine. Moreover, it is difficult to get rid of leftover detergent at the gasket or rubber seal around the door, which becomes a breeding place for mold or mildew, making your clothes smell fusty. To get rid of the grime, spray the vinegar solution around the door, leave it open for a minute and later wipe it with a microfibre cloth.
To prevent the growth of mold or mildew, make sure your door opens wide for a few hours, every time you wash your clothes.
Today, there are many options and cleaning liquids available in the market, but white vinegar is still the most effective and affordable option for cleaning a washing machine. The washing machine is an important invention of mankind that saves a lot of time and effort; hence it requires a lot of maintenance and care. The least you can do is cleaning a washing machine with running water.
Using the right detergent is also equally important. Some detergents can leave more residue making it touch to clean your washing machine. Today a range of detergents are available in the market uniquely formulated for both front-load and top-load machines.
When cleaning a washing machine, make sure you clean the inlet hose filters, because if they clog up, they will affect the flow of the water in your cycle. You can use this hot-water and vinegar solution to clean your washing machine every month and get rid of odors or contaminants and keep your clothes fresh and clean. We hope this blog helps you with a guide and no longer fret over cleaning your washing machine.