Washing machines are a mainstay in many households and make the process of getting laundry done a whole lot easier. But did you know that these trusty cleaning assistants can in fact get dirty themselves? Not a lot of people know this but washing machines require their own cleaning schedule if you want to ensure the best possible wash for your clothes. Cleaning a washing machine can be easy if you’ve got the right tools and materials – most of which can be found sitting around in your kitchen.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine
- Turn your washing machine on and fill it up with hot water. Set it to the highest possible load setting and add 3-4 cups of vinegar. If your washing machine takes on more than the usual load that conventional washers do, you can choose to add more vinegar into the mix. Wait for a few minutes and allow the washer to start agitating the water and vinegar into an even blend. The vinegar will act as a disinfectant and will work to remove any mold or mildew left behind from excess moisture.
- At this point, you will want to add in a half cup of baking soda into the mix. Allow this to incorporate with the rest of the vinegar water. Once you feel like the baking powder has been completely mixed into the concoction, you can turn off the washer and wait 30 minutes to an hour. Let the formula soak completely into any grime or filth left behind in your washing machine. The baking soda will help to deodorize your washed and make it completely stink-free.
- While you allow the water to soak into the filth and grime, take a clean towel and rub down any surfaces or areas inside the washer that need extra attention. Make sure you use a cloth that has a texture to it so you can more easily remove any excess soap or dirt left behind from use. You can also use an old toothbrush to scrub down knobs, nooks, and crannies that would be difficult to reach with a cloth.
- Finally, turn your washing machine back on and wait for the cycle to finish until it starts to drain itself. Let the process run its course so that any filth and grime left inside the system gets a thorough cleaning as well.