While washing machines are specially designed to keep our clothing clean, it is important to remember that they need to be cleaned regularly themselves. This will not only help extend the life of your clothes, it will actually make the appliance more energy-efficient. If a washing machine is allowed to have gunk and grime built up inside of it, that will eventually take its toll and make the machine work slower and less efficiently, which could even result in the appliance breaking down entirely. Your washing machine should be entirely cleaned at least once each month.
Here are a few tips for keeping your washing machine clean and in top working condition:
- Clean out detergent dispenser: One of the most overlooked area of a washing machine is the part where detergent and bleach are poured in. These compartments can become overrun with old liquids, which will prevent fresh loads from being drained into the machine successfully. Simply take a hot rag and scrub these dispensers out.
- Run the sanitize cycle: Most machines come with a sanitize cycle, which is made specifically to keep a washing machine sparkling clean. Simply check the settings and see how to run the machine with this cycle on.
- Wash an empty load with vinegar: If the inside of the machine has become discolored over years of use, an easy way to get rid of the staining is to run an empty load with vinegar and baking soda poured in instead of the regular detergent. This combination will help break down the stains that have accumulated over the years.
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