Washing machines are used almost everyday and over time they get dirty. If not cleaned occasionally, they can leave our clothes with a musty smell.
Just like your dirty clothes, your dirty washing machine too needs a good cleaning from time to time. The leftover washing detergent and soil get stuck into your washing machine after every use and it is crucial to remove it if you want your clothes to come out squeaky clean.
Cleaning your washing machine is not really a tough task. It might be a little time-consuming but it will be all worth it!
Here is a step-by-step guide to cleaning your washing machine.
Start A Washing Cycle With Water And Vinegar
Begin with pouring in about 4 cups of white vinegar and 4 cups of water to the machine. Set the machine on the highest and run for a few minutes. Stop the cycle and let the mixture sit for about an hour. This can be done for both full load and semi-washing machines.
The vinegar will help to break any stubborn dirt stuck to the inner wall of the washing machine.
Run Again With Baking Soda
Baking soda is another effective cleaning agent and can do wonders if you have a dirty, smelly washing machine. Once the cycle is over, add in 1 cup of baking soda and run one cycle again. Make sure the setting is on high mode.
Clean The Drain Pipe
Remove the drain pipe from the washing machine and pour a mix of hot water and baking soda into the pipe. Follow with washing it with regular water. Attach the pipe back to the washing machine. If the drainpipe looks overused, change it immediately.
Scrub The Soap Dispenser/Dirt Bag
You see a small net-like bag in your washing machine, it collects the dirt and lint of your clothes. As you use the washing machine everyday, this bag keeps getting filled with all the dirt and it is important to clean it from time to time.
Scoop out all the dirt from the bag and using a toothbrush dipped in soapy water, clean it well.
Drain The Water
After the two cycles are complete, it is time you drain the water and keep the lid open to let it dry naturally. You can also use a microfiber cloth to wipe the washing machine from the inside.
Clean Washing Machine From The Outside
Prepare a mix of detergent powder or dishwashing liquid and water. Dip a microfiber cloth or sponge to the mix and wipe down the lid, the sides, and front of the washing machine. Make sure you wipe each and every corner of the machine. For small areas you can use a toothbrush.
Don't forget to check the washing machine manual while cleaning it to ensure you don't end up damaging it.
It is a good idea to clean your washing machine inside-out from time to time to ensure a good cleaning of all your clothes.
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