Every appliance needs to be cleaned to keep it in tip-top condition, including washing machines. It is surprising how much dirt and grime can build-up on a dirty washing machine. Even though the washing machine might seem clean (after all, doesn’t it get cleaned during each cycle?) a dirty washing machine can cause a foul smell, which can then be transferred to clothes. A clean washing machine is a must to help keep it fresh and to prevent clothes from becoming soiled a second time.
Start with the Outside
Start off by using a multi-purpose spray cleaner to wipe down the outside of the washing machine including the door, and the bowl if you have a front loading washing machine. Pay particular attention to the knobs where the settings are, as grime can build-up in between the knobs. Remove dust, hair and other debris so that it does not get onto your clothes.
Clean fabric softener dispensers and all compartments, by removing them and cleaning them separately. Remove all visible traces of dirt, hair and debris.
Dealing with Rust
Rust is not always immediately noticeable in washing machines, but this corrosive substance can ruin your clothes, which is why it is important to check the washing machine for rust and remove all traces of it. Add lemon, lime or vinegar to the washing machine to deal with the problem of rust and scrub the washing machine to help lift off the rust. Then run an empty cycle to help lift off any remaining traces of rust.
Stains can build up in washing machines over time. Combat washing machine stains by adding bleach to an empty washing machine and running an empty cycle on a hot wash. Using a bleach solution regularly (about once a week) can help prevent stains from building up.
Removing Dust from Behind the Washing Machine
Dust builds up fast behind washing machines. Not only does this make the area look dirty and unkempt, but a thick build-up of dust is also a potential fire hazard, which is why care should be taken to remove dust. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck up all traces of dust, paying attention to cord outlets and underneath the washing machine.
A clean washing machine will look and function better. Each week, add bleach to the washing machine and run an empty cycle to help keep the washing machine smelling and looking its best.