Why Do I Need to Clean
My Washing Machine?
Think about it. You’re continually putting dirty laundry into your washing machine, for one thing. Then factor in detergent residue and hard minerals in the water, and it’s easy to see problems brewing.
So, if you only pay attention to your washing machine when you are dumping a load of laundry into it, eventually you’ll begin to notice a musty odor. This odor is from bacteria growing inside the machine, in moisture-retaining and hard-to-reach dark crevices. That moisture forms the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow.
Benefits of Cleaning Your Washing Machine Regularly
Your washing machine will smell fresh and clean, versus dirty and musty.
Methods of Cleaning
The two primary methods of cleaning your washing machine include DIY recipes and pre-made cleaning tablets. Let’s look at both.
- Add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser.
- Run a full wash cycle using the hottest water setting.
- Add one-half cup of baking soda to the tub.
- Run another full wash cycle on the hottest water setting.
- Fill the washer drum with hot water and add 1 quart of either bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for about an hour.
- On the hottest water setting, run a full wash cycle.
- Fill the washer again with hot water and add 1 quart of white vinegar. Let it sit for another hour.
- Run another hot water wash cycle.