It may sound weird to wash your washing machine, but it can be beneficial for you! Many washing machines never get cleaned but there are some reasons we should do it.
- A lot of washers have the tendency to smell bad after a long period of time. Some washers hold water in different crevices. These areas become prone to mold and mildew, ultimately causing bad odors. These unpleasant odors may also happen to wear off on your clothing which is not good.
- A lot of water flow can cause lime buildup which is a white chalky deposit found in appliances or objects that maintain water or hold water over a period of time. This can buildup in the pipes or just other components of the washer that can cause things to run slower. Washing machines and their pipes work better and more productively when this lime is removed and the machine is clean.
- If you have a humid climate where you live, constant moisture in the air prevents the washer from drying one hundred percent in between the loads of laundry. This can also cause mildew and distasteful odors.
So how do we clean our washing machines? There are some common household do-it-yourself mechanisms that people use to make sure that everything looks clean. There are also certain cleaners that you can buy that do the job very well.
- To avoid any lime or mildew buildups, after each wash in a front loader, wipe down the door and the rubber gasket that surrounds the door with a cloth. In between loads it is also beneficial to leave the door open to let air flow go in and dry things out.
- If your washing machine has a soap dispenser, clean that out frequently to prevent soap buildup that may cause mildew or odors. Leaving this open as well causes air circulation which prevents these things.
- Every few months you can also sanitize the inside of the machine. You can do this by running a hot wash cycle without laundry and adding 1 cup of bleach to the bleach dispenser or directly into the machine if you do not have a dispenser.
- Another do-it-yourself remedy is mixing baking soda and water in a small bowl. This will essentially be the detergent for cleaning the machine. Pour this into the detergent dispenser and pour vinegar into the drum and set your washer to normal load at the hottest water setting. This combination breaks up any mineral deposits or mold growth that could build up.
- There is also many tub cleaners that are specially formulated to penetrate, dissolve and remove odor-causing residue that can accumulate in front load washers. These cleaners can typically come in tablets and you simply place one in an empty washing machine running it with the hot water option. These cleaners make your washer smell great while also preventing any mold, mildew or odor buildups that can be common.
All in all it is important to keep our washing machines clean for the sake of our machine itself and our clothes. There are ways to prevent these buildups but there are also many do-it-yourself ways to clean them. These cleaners talked about above can be bought on our online store or in our local stores around you. Feel free to check us out!
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By: Morgan Hurley