How to clean a washing machine? You may think your washing machine is self-cleaning, but there can be a buildup of grime, mold, leftover detergent, and mineral deposits from hard water.
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To clean your washing machine, follow these steps:
- Gather your supplies: You will need white vinegar, baking soda, a microfiber cloth or sponge, and a toothbrush or small cleaning brush.
- Start by cleaning the exterior: Wipe down the outside of the washing machine with a damp cloth or sponge. Pay attention to any knobs, buttons, or control panels. Use a mild detergent if needed.
- Clean the detergent dispenser: Remove the detergent dispenser tray (if applicable) and wash it in warm, soapy water. Use a toothbrush or small brush to scrub away any residue or build-up. Rinse it thoroughly and let it dry completely before placing it back in the machine.
- Clean the drum: Fill the drum with hot water. Add about two cups of white vinegar to the water. Vinegar is effective in removing mineral deposits and soap residue. Close the lid or door and let the machine run on the longest and hottest cycle. This will allow the vinegar solution to clean the drum thoroughly.
- Clean the rubber gasket: If your washing machine has a rubber gasket around the door, it’s important to clean it as well. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto a cloth or sponge and wipe down the gasket, removing any dirt or mold. Pay attention to any crevices or folds in the gasket. If there is a lot of mold or mildew, you can use a toothbrush dipped in the vinegar solution to scrub the gasket.
- Remove any residue: After the cycle is complete, open the lid or door and inspect the drum. Use a microfiber cloth or sponge to wipe away any remaining residue or stains.
- Run a rinse cycle: To remove any leftover vinegar smell, run an additional rinse cycle with just water. This will help flush out any remaining vinegar and leave your washing machine smelling fresh.
- Clean the filter (if applicable): Some washing machines have a filter that needs to be cleaned periodically. Check your machine’s manual for instructions on how to locate and clean the filter.
By following these steps, you can keep your washing machine clean and functioning properly.
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