Cleaning the Washing Machine

cleaning the washing machine

Let’s talk about cleaning the washing machine. I’m showing pictures and talking about front loaders first because that’s what I have. I will talk about top loaders at the end of this post. Start by using a damp cloth with water and vinegar to clean soap and residue from in and around the dispenser area. Pay special attention to underneath all the areas also.

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Some areas have residue, dirt, and grime in tight spaces. I like to use a toothpick to get in the corners and little spaces nothing else can reach. It works really well. A toothbrush works well in some areas too.

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Clean the window area with a mixture of water and vinegar, 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

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For stubborn areas such as some rust I had on the rubber seal, I use a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste then let it set for a while before using a sponge to scrub the area a little. It’s not perfect but it got most of it off. Use a damp cloth to get the rest of the baking soda residue.

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Clean the inside surface of the washer with water and vinegar. I like to put the mixture in a spray bottle. spray the inside, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

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Run the washer through a rinse cycle to remove all traces of baking soda and vinegar.

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Enjoy your sparkling clean, fresh smelling washing machine.

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Now for top loaders. Sorry I don’t have pictures but up until 5 years ago I had a top loader. Again you will be using baking soda, white vinegar, and water to clean. Set your washer to the largest load setting and hot water. Add 4 cups vinegar to the water and let agitate for a few minutes. Add about 1/2 cup baking soda and let the machine run again for a few minutes to mix in the soda. Stop the washer and let it sit for about 1 hour. While that is sitting wipe down the rest of the washer using a damp water/vinegar cloth. Use a toothpick to get in the small areas, a toothbrush would work well on some areas too. Allow the washing cycle to continue through draining. Clean around the top inside area where the water didn’t reach completely with the damp vinegar cloth. Run the washer through a clean hot water cycle one last time. Enjoy your clean, fresh smelling washer!

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