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How to Wash your Washing Machine


It is important to maintain your household appliances in order to get the maximum use possible out of them, cleaning being a major part of the maintenance process. A regular cleaning keeps appliances running efficiently and gives them a chance at reaching their maximum life expectancy. This includes your washing machine.

Types of Washing Machines

Because washing machines comes in many shapes, sizes, and types, each washer will require its own certain method of cleaning. The types of washers that you can choose from when you are in the market for a new washing machine include:

  • Front loading washers
  • Top loading washers
  • Laundry centers
  • Compact washers
  • All-in-one combos
  • Steam washers

Cleaning Methods for Each Type

Washing machines should get a thorough cleaning about twice a year. For the outside of any washing machine, dip a scrubbing sponge in a vinegar and water solution. Get in and clean all the nooks and crannies of your washer including the knobs, the lid, and all of the exterior. As for the inside, there are specific cleaning methods that work best for each type of washing machine.

Front Loading Washers, Compact Washers, and Laundry Centers

Fill your washer with hot water and add 2 cups of vinegar. Let the washer run a complete cycle and repeat, this time using 2 cups of bleach. Then finally, run a complete cycle with just hot water. Remove the bleach and fabric softener dispensers and let them soak a while, then clean with an all-purpose spray cleaner.

Top Loading Washers and All-in-one Combos

Fill your washer with hot water and add one quart of bleach. Let the machine spin for about one minute, then let it sit for an hour or so. After one hour, allow the washer to run through its longest wash and spin cycle. Then fill the washing machine once again with hot water and add one quart distilled white vinegar. Repeat spin for a minute, and again, let it sit for one hour.

Steam Washers

Inspect the gray seal area and wipe the area with a solution of 3/4 cup of liquid bleach and 1 gallon water. Run the cleaning cycle with the recommended washer cleaner. Usually you use one tablet per cleaning. If you are using liquid bleach, add 2/3 cup into the bleach compartment before starting the cleaning cycle. Keep the top open afterward for ventilation.

Possible Washing Machine Cleanliness Problems

Each washing machine type will have its own unique set of problems. Front loading washer types tend to develop musty odors. They also capture dirt and debris within the door seals. A good practice to limit these problems is to keep the door open a while after running to allow the inside to dry. Also, wipe down the seal after washing each load. For top loading washers you may find that they do not drain as well.

Keeping your washing machine clean will keep all your clothing, linens, and other fabrics clean and sanitized. You want your clothing to be as clean as possible, and you don’t want to have to buy a new washer prematurely. So, it only makes sense that you maintain a clean washer.

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