easy guide to clean your washing machine

Easy guide you need to clean your washer.

Are you distressed to get great results in your washing machine? It tells you to clean your washing machine. If you’ve noticed that your freshly washed laundry has a moldy smell. 

Washing your laundry can end up dirtier when your appliance is dirty. Dirt, detergent, and black mold accumulate inside your machine, and over time, it may develop a smell of musty, giving your clothes a damp and moldy smell. It impacts the efficiency of your appliance if left untreated for a long time. So, it’s essential to control the growth of mold by giving your washing machine a deep cleansing from time to time.

Cleaning not only gives better results on your laundry, but it could also help to extend the lifespan of your machine, so it’s well worth your time. We’ve put together the below information to help you keep your washing machine looking clean and smelling fresh.

  1. Use baking soda and vinegar to clean a washing machine
  2. Use bleach to clean a washing machine
  3. How to clean the drawer
  4. How to clean the seal
  5. How to keep your washing machine clean

 

 

Use baking soda and vinegar to clean a washing machine

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The combination of vinegar and baking soda gives magical cleaning power. These two ingredients neutralizing any moldy odors by breaking down any residue and dirt. You may consider running another long, hot wash to eliminate any remaining vinegar before you put any laundry into your machine. Please take note that there is some difference in the step to clean a front-load and a top-load washer. A step-by-step guide to clean the front-load and top-load washer are available here.  

 

Use bleach to clean a washing machine

Bleach is a powerful agent to kill any bacteria and fungus, so it’s great if you want an intensive washer cleaning to ensure that your washing machine is completely sanitized and free of any harmful germs. Pour 60ml of neat bleach into your detergent drawer, then run your appliance on a hot cycle. Same as vinegar, you should run another wash to remove all remaining bleach to avoid undesired bleaching effects of the laundry.

Please don’t use more than the dose we’ve recommended because mixing bleach and hot water can also produce much foam. Excessive foam could stop the washing machines from operating.

 

How to clean the drawer

Laundry powders and fabric softeners can leave a rigid and stubborn residue inside the detergent drawer, and they are vulnerable to black mold, growth too. The simplest way to clean a drawer is to remove the entire drawer and wash it by hand.

Soak the drawer in a bowl of hot soapy water, and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth. If any dried-on detergent residue or mold is tricky to remove, spray on some multipurpose household cleaner and scrub it with a toothbrush. Then, rinse your drawer, dry it off, and place it back into the machine.

How to clean the seal

The washer rubber seal between the drum and the door can be one of the most challenging parts to clean. This area can be especially susceptible to build-ups of lint and soap scum, but the biggest problem tends to be black mold. These seals are usually deeply ridged, provide lots of moisture-trapping nooks and crannies, providing the perfect breeding ground for mildew and mold.

Take a wet cloth or sponge and some household cleaning spray, and use them to wipe all around the rim to clean the seal. Be careful to get inside any grooves or folds. If your seal is moldy, then spritz on some specialist anti-mold spray and leave it to work for few minutes before wiping away with a clean wet cloth. After cleaning, you’ll need to remove as many cleansers contain bleaching agents, which could stain your laundry if left in the drum by running a short cycle.

 

Tips to keep your washing machine clean

There are a few simple methods you should do to maintain the cleanliness and keep it working as efficiently as possible once you’ve cleaned your washing machine.

  • Keep products use minimal

While all of those laundry detergents and fabric softeners might be great for your clothes, but these additional products can contribute to build-up inside your machine. Only use specialist products only when you need extra cleaning power to remove tough stains or heavy soiling.

  • Implement a hot cycle once a week

Most of our laundry, including everything from our clothing to our bedsheets, is washed at 30–40°C. But, while a cycle at 30°C might be better for the environment, it won’t kill any bacteria that could be lurking inside your machine. A long hot washing once a week — at least ‎60°C, and preferably 90°C — should kill off any bacteria and sanitize your appliance.

  • Keep washer door opens between cycle

You should allow the door of your machine to open to let moisture escape In between washes. Keep the door open will help air the drum out and prevent mold from growing inside the appliance and on the seal. It will also help to wipe the seal dry after washing, as this will stop mold from growing in the folds of the rim.

  • Don’t leave the laundry to remain in the washer for long hours

Leaving your clean washing to remain in the washer for prolong hours after washed will cause both your laundry and machine smell musty and damp. So, it is good practice to remove your wet laundry as soon as possible after washing. If you are out of the house, use the delay function so that the end of the wash cycle coincides with when you’ll return home.

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