Given how much work it saves, you should really know how to clean your washing machine. It’s a simple process, and can significantly prolong the life of your machine. So if you often find yourself troubled by bad washing machine smells or clogged drawers and think: “I don’t know how to clean my washing machine safely!” – this step-by-step guide is for you. These useful tips will help you keep your washing machine in tiptop condition. Always consult the manufacturers’ guidelines before attempting to clean your machine, and be sure to wear protective clothing when using cleaning products.
How to Clean a Washing Machine: Front Loading Appliances
- Start the process by running a hot cycle with the machine empty. This clears out any detergent that has built up in the machine.
- Then, run a 40 degree empty wash with two cups of white vinegar in the detergent drawer to remove any odours.
- Next, if you have a detergent drawer, remove it and soak it in a sink. If it is very dirty, then soak it in a solution of hot water and the appropriate amount of bleach. Follow the directions on the label of any cleaning product, and take any appropriate safety precautions.
- While the drawer is soaking, dampen a cloth with hot water and wipe the door seal thoroughly – make sure you pull the rubber seal back to clean all the soap scum and dirt from behind.
- Also wipe inside the hole where the detergent dispenser fits – save this until last, as it can be a bit more of a messy job.
- Finally, use a toothbrush to clean off any remaining residue from the detergent drawer. Rinse it thoroughly, dry it, and replace it into the machine.
How to Clean the Washing Machine: Top Loading Applicances
The process for cleaning top-loading machines is slightly different:
- Start by running an empty hot wash.
- Next, run a second empty hot wash, but when the machine is full of water and starts to agitate, add in 3.5 cups of white vinegar, followed by a half cup of baking soda.
- Let the mixture swish around for 30 seconds, then turn off the machine. Let it sit for between half an hour and an hour.
- Once the machine has soaked, restart it and finish the cycle. Some machines might allow you to change the settings so that a spin cycle runs while it is draining – this can be helpful to loosen any remaining residue.
- Turn off your machine and wipe the inside with a cloth dipped in a 50-50 hot water and vinegar mix. Make sure you’re thorough: clean inside the rim and the roof of the tub.