Your trusty washing machine, the machine that works overtime to ensure you have clean clothes. Though it might be continuously filled with water and cleaning aids, this trusty appliance can build up some scum and grime of its own. Without proper care, your once clean clothes could come out smelling not so fresh. So to keep your washing machine at its optimal health, you’ll want to give it a good clean.
Step 1: Set the washer to the largest load size, hottest water temperature, and longest cycle time. If you have a front loader, wipe the rubber gasket down white vinegar and a micro cloth before filling
Step 2: While the washer is filling with water, add a quart of white vinegar. Once the tub is almost filled, add a cup of baking soda.
Step 3: Close the lid and allow the washing cycle to begin. After a minute or two, open the lid and allow the homemade cleaning solution to soak in the tub for about an hour.
Step 4: While the washing is soaking, take the time to clean the rest of the machine. Scrub the lid, dials, soap and bleach trays, as well as the centerpiece in the tub. Use a small brush to get those hard to reach places.
Step 5: Close the lid and allow the cycle to complete.
Step 6: To clean out any remaining solution left in the tub, run another cycle with the same settings. However, do not add the cleaning solution this time around.
Step 7: Once the second cycle has been completed, leave the lid open to air dry. As a matter of fact, leave the lid open after every wash to allow for air-drying. This will prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
With a few simple steps your washing machine can receive a nice cleaning without much hassle. This cleaning maintenance should be done at least a few times per year. Throughout the life of a washing machine, it can experience its own set of problems. When it does malfunction, you can count on the professionals at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling to fix it for you! To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.