6 Proven Tips On How To Clean Your Washing Machine

6 Proven Tips On How To Clean Your Washing Machine

Washing machines help with cleaning clothes. But, apparently, many people overlook the fact that it also needs cleaning for it to do its job properly and for it to last longer.

Just because your washing machine can clean your clothes doesn’t mean it can clean itself alone. Hence, you should also make it a point to clean it frequently. The rule of thumb is to clean it once or twice a week, depending on how often you use it.

But, how do you clean it properly? Here are some tips to help you ensure your washing machine stays clean and will last long.

1. Clean the Dryer Vent

Dryer vents are one of the parts of your washer that needs some attention. This is because this is where lint can also build up. And when they get into your ventilation duct-work, they could cause fires. In fact, statistics show that nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires happen every year, causing injuries and even property loss.

That said, make it a point that you frequently clean your washer’s dryer vent too. As shown at thinktankhome.com/dryer-vent-cleaning-kit, one of the ways to do that is to use a dryer vent cleaning kit. This will save you from frequent professional services.

While it may require some effort and time, it’s still worth it as you can save your money in the long run.

2. Clean the Filter

Like the dryer vent, your washer’s filter needs to be cleaned too as it also traps lint, loose hair, coins, tissues, etc. Because if you don’t, then, all the gunk collected from your clothes will accumulate in your filter. And, over time, it will affect its function. Therefore, your clothes won’t be cleaned thoroughly.

Hence, don’t forget about your washer’s filter. Once you’ve located it, have a towel or basin ready to catch the water that comes out before you take off the trap door. Then clean the filter with a scrub brush and hot water. And before you take it back, make sure to clean the compartment too as debris can also get trapped in it.

However, these days, some washing machines don’t have filters anymore. And if your washer doesn’t have it, it would be better to change your washing temperature or detergent instead. This way, you can prevent lint on your clothes, which could damage your washer over time.

3. Clean the Rubber Seals

Probably one of the most overlooked parts of a washing machine is the rubber seals. But, just because they don’t touch your clothes just as the tub does or sucks up dirt and debris like the filter, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some TLC.

It turns out, rubber seals serve as a good breeding ground for mold and mildew. Because even if it’s not like the tub or the filters that get into contact with dirt and other debris, it’s still not safe from moisture and temperature changes. Hence, don’t forget about your washer’s rubber seals too.

To clean it, use a damp cloth that’s saturated with soapy water and wipe around your washing machine’s seals. Be careful when you lift it away from the metal, though, as it may accidentally rip or unseal.

You can also use a toothbrush to get rid of stubborn grime. It can reach smaller areas and also has a rougher texture than a cloth.

4. Clean the Tub with Baking Soda and/or Vinegar

Cleaning your washing machine

Sometimes, you don’t need to look further than your home in finding the right cleaning agents for your washing machine. You can simply grab your vinegar and/or baking soda from your kitchen.

Vinegar is acidic and its pH level is high enough to dissolve away buildups like brines made by hard water and soap scum. Baking soda, on the other hand, is a mildly abrasive powder that can also help with getting rid of dirt, as well as grease.

When used for your washing machine, you can have natural cleaning agents that will not cause any harm to your health, as well as your washing machine.

To use vinegar to clean your washing machine, simply pour two cups of it into the detergent dispenser. Then, set your washing machine on its longest cycle and run it with hot water. As for the baking soda, you can simply add half a cup of it directly into the drum and run your washer.

5. Use Bleach 

Bleach is one of the reliable cleaning agents that many housemakers depend on for cleaning clothes. And you can also use it to clean your washing machine’s tub. Just as how it cleanses your clothes, bleach can also get rid of bacteria plus, it can kill mold and mildew.

To use it, just pour half a cup of bleach directly into your washer’s tub. Also, pour the same amount into your detergent drawer. Then, fill your machine with water and run it for a good hour and rinse. If your tub still smells like bleach, rinse it again until the smell is removed.

Be careful, though, as too much bleach can harm the skin, nose, and throat. This is because some cleaning supplies like bleach release dangerous chemicals like volatile organic compounds.

So, when using bleach, make sure not to go overboard. Also, it’s helpful to wear gloves or a mask, especially if you have sensitive skin or nose. It may sound a bit extra but this will ensure protection for your health.

6. Don’t Forget to Clean the Outer Part

You shouldn’t only focus on the tub and your filter. You should also clean the outer part of your washing machine. True enough, it may not affect how it can clean your clothes but this will help make your washer last longer so you won’t have to spend a lot of money for repairs or buying a new one after merely a year or two.

Your washing machine also needs some care from time to time for it to perform its best and make it last longer. So, make sure to clean it from the inside out.

Russell Jones

VP of Operations @ Phyxter and Home Improvement Specialist

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