Wash that washer!

Appliances that clean stuff for us are a godsend–but it’s easy to forget that they, too, will need to be cleaned every so often. Dyes and other residue can build up from repetitive use of your washing machine, so it’s important to clean the appliance about once a month so you don’t end up with odors or spots. Haven’t washed in a while? Here’s some steps to take to get your washer clean and caught up!

This method for cleaning works with both white vinegar and bleach. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll simply say “vinegar” as it’s free from the dangers of bleach, and preferable for many homeowners.

  1. Fill your washer with hot water to its largest load size. Set the dial to the longest wash time available.
  2. Add a quart of white vinegar to the wash, followed by a cup of baking soda.
  3. Close the lid and your wash will begin! After one minute, open the lid again to stop the cycle. Let the mixture soak for about an hour.
  4. Take this opportunity to do some detail cleaning! With a toothbrush clean the nooks and crannies of the lid, around the dials, and anywhere else that might be dirty on the outside of your machine.
  5. Once an hour has passed, close the lid and let your washing machine do the rest of the work!
  6. For optimal cleaning, do a repeat wash with another mix of vinegar and baking soda. This gets rid of any residue that might’ve been loosened and left behind by the first wash.
  7. Now, simply wipe the inside with your vinegar solution.

It’s possible that your washing machine might have dirt or silt leftover in your washing machine. When it comes to grainy particles, simply wipe the wash drum down before rinsing and your washer will be clean.