As much as we hate doing laundry, most of us can not imagine living without a washing machine. But have you ever noticed that garbage that piles around the door of the washing machine? What about the dirt and sand grains that accumulate in the drum of the machine? Keeping dirt and grime in the washing machine can affect the performance of your machine and the cleanliness of your clothes. It's time to wash your washing machine
To keep your washing machine and clothes from being damaged, you need to properly care for your machine – regardless of whether it's new and beautiful or has been reliable for years. We've put together some tips on how to properly clean your washing machine and some cleaning methods you should avoid. Here are the right (and wrong) ways to clean your washing machine.
How to Clean a Topload Washing Machine
Step 1: Exit the door Open after you have removed your clothes and leave your washing machine completely dry when not in use. This helps to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your washing machine.
Step 2: Use a damp cloth and a small amount of liquid detergent to wipe the inside of your machine.
Step 3: Wipe off dirt, grime and dirt from the outside of your machine and from the door pinch point with a damp cloth and mild soap.
Maintenance Instructions: Change the filling hoses on your machine every five years as recommended by GE Appliances. It's a good idea to mark your filling hoses with the date they replaced them. Simply label a masking pen with a Sharpie.
We also asked GE for suggestions on how to properly clean top loading washing machines. They suggested using Tide Washing Machine Cleaner once a month to clean and refresh the unit, and to look for additional cleaning and maintenance instructions in the washing machine user manual.
What not to do: It is best to avoid the use of harsh cleaners, especially those containing ammonia. Above all, you should shy away from anything that is too abrasive, such as gritty cleaners or Brillo pads. Hard cleaners can damage the device. Those who prefer a particularly light touch can use vinegar, although this sometimes causes odor problems, so use it sparingly.
How to clean a front loader / HE washing machine
Step 1: Leave the door ajar after you also remove your clothes with a front loader washing machine, and leave it to dry completely when you are not using it. This helps to prevent mold and mildew.
Step 2: Clean the cleaning door by wiping it with a damp cloth.
Step 3: Clean the door gasket. Carefully pull the gasket between the door opening and the drum back and check for foreign matter. Remove everything you find. Then look for stains or dirt accumulations. Note that many rubber gaskets have both inner and outer layers: clean and inspect both as hair, dirt and objects can stick in many places.
You can clean dirt deposits with either cleaning cloths for the washing machine or a solution of bleach and water (¾ cup of bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water). Make sure you remove any bleach residue with a damp cloth. Finally, allow the washing machine to dry completely with the door open for at least an hour or two.
Step 4: Clean and disinfect your detergent dispenser. Take the tray apart (if applicable) and soak it in hot water and mild soap for about 20 minutes.
Step 5: Clean the inside of the washing machine. For example, most high efficiency (HE) washing machines have either a "clean cycle" or a "clean with affresh cycle". To perform a clean cycle, add ¼ cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser and empty. To clean with Affresh, add an Affresh cleaning tab directly into the wash basket and run an empty "cleaning with affresh cycle". If you do not like Affresh, do not worry: there are many other cleaning options for the washing machine in there, including Tide Pods
Maintenance Tips: It is best to use HE detergent if you have a HE washing machine and Too much detergent to avoid, as this can lead to excessive accumulation. Finally, use warm and hot water regularly (but not all the time) to wash, as warmer water can help control soil and detergent makeup, according to Maytag's recommendation. Remember that even a simple wipe after each load can help keep your laundry clean.
What not to do: Some HE washing machine owners only run a clean cycle and neglect the other steps. You should try to clean your HE washing machine every 30 washing cycles and follow all the steps to ensure that dirt and grime can not accumulate in other parts of the machine.
How to clean a self-cleaning or smart washing machine
Step 1 : Clean the control panel with a damp cloth
Step 2: Is the water hose on your washing machine have a filter? If so, remember to clean it once or twice a year. To do this, soak the filter in water until it is clean (make sure the threaded connection is also submerged). Then allow the filter to dry completely in a shaded area.
Step 3: Clean the dispensers. Rinse the inserts in warm water to remove traces of accumulated detergent and other laundry products. Then clean the recess with a toothbrush to remove any residue. Finally, wipe the inside with a damp cloth to remove any larger deposits.
Step 4: Now perform the self-cleaning cycle. Some self-cleaning cycles, such. As in washing machines from Samsung, can display an indicator light that turns on when the washing machine determines that it needs to be cleaned. But you can usually always turn on the self-cleaning cycle whenever you want. Make sure that you have read your manual carefully to find out exactly how to use the cleaning mode. Self-cleaning cycles are usually designed to work without detergent. Do not add anything to the washing machine before you start.
Service Tips: Clean the outside of stainless steel machines with stainless steel cleaner, vinegar, or Windex. When cleaning stainless steel, it is best to go with the grain. You can also use a little alcohol to dissolve oily fingerprints, according to Better Homes and Gardens. If you have a shiny metallic finish on the outside door of your washing machine, you can clean it with a small amount of Cerama Bryte and a clean, damp, non-abrasive cloth as recommended by Samsung.
What not to do: Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaners when cleaning the control panel, and avoid using bleach on stainless steel surfaces. Also, do not perform self-cleaning cycles if you have laundry in your device.