In modern homes, a washing machine is undoubtedly an essential electrical appliance. To keep your machine in top-notch condition, clean it thoroughly once a month. Follow these steps to ensure that you’ve cleaned it properly.
Step 1: Run a Baking Soda Cycle
To remove residue detergent and fabric conditioners, add 2 tbsp. of baking soda directly into the drum and run a hot water cycle. The soda will scrub the insides of your machine drum and ensure that your laundry doesn’t come out with a stale, unpleasant odour.
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Step 2: Run a Vinegar Cycle
Add 2 cups of white vinegar and fill the drum with water. Again, run a hot water cycle. To disinfect, you can also add a few drops of essential oil like tea tree or lavender along with vinegar.
Step 3: Wipe With Vinegar
Take a microfibre cloth and soak it in white vinegar. Now, gently wipe the sides of the drum and the agitator with it to get rid of any mouldy smell. If you have a front load washing machine, don’t forget to clean the rubber seal.
Step 4: Clean the Exteriors
It’s time to clean the exteriors and the detergent dispensing trays. Make sure you get to all the exterior surfaces of your machine. Soak a microfibre cloth in a solution made by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar. Now, scrub these surfaces using this cloth. If the grime is too stubborn, use an old toothbrush to scrub them.
Step 5: Wipe it Clean
Wipe the machine clean with a dry, cotton cloth.
Well, your washing machine is clean. Read the instruction manual and take the necessary precautions like following load limit, not leaving your washed laundry in the machine for too long etc. to increase your machine’s life.