Washing Machine Cleaning And Maintenance Tips

Your washing machine is responsible for cleaning multiple loads of laundry in your home. Think about the age of your machine and how many loads of laundry you do per day - do that math. It amounts to quite a few loads of laundry. Now think about the dirt and hair that comes off of your clothing and where it probably ends up  - in your machine. Cleaning your machine is imperative, otherwise you're basically washing your clothing in a filthy machine. See below for some cleaning and maintenance tips for your machine.

Wash An Empty Load

Pour 2 cups of bleach or white vinegar into your machine, and turn the dial to the normal cycle with the hottest water (or the clean washer cycle if your machine has one). Halfway through the cycle, add a cup of detergent to the detergent bin. Allow the cycle to finish. This will help eliminate germs and bacteria from your machine.

Wipe Down The Washtub

After the cycle is finished, open up the machine and check the washtub inside. If you notice anything stuck to the washtub, or any stains, you can use a soft sponge and a non-abrasive cleanser to clean and remove the stain. 

Clean The Inner Seal

Pull back the inside seal (for front-loading machines), and clean out the dirt, lint and hair that has accumulated inside. You may be surprised at how much filth has built up in there. Use a rag and white vinegar or bleach to clean this area out. Then wipe down the seal itself when you are finished. 

Clean The Door Seal

The seal around the door can also accumulate with mold or mildew. This can cause a bad seal, which may lead to leaks over time. Wipe down the seal to remove dirt, dust, mold, mildew and other debris. Also wipe down the door itself.

Wipe Down The Detergent Bin

The detergent bins can also get pretty filthy over time. Clean these areas up with bleach, hot water and a rag. Wipe inside the bins as far as you can reach.

Your washing machine is probably one of the most used appliances in your home. It needs to be cleaned and maintained in order to clean your clothing and linens properly. Take good care of this appliance to keep your clothes clean, fresh and smelling great. Contact an appliance repair company like American Appliance INC for help if your washer isn't running as it should.