As much as we have to keep our clothes, linens, and other fabrics germ-free, we also have to keep our washing machines clean. Failure to clean our washer would lead to germ build-up and several damages on its parts. We also want to save ourselves from the hassle of hand washing our piles of laundry, so we cannot avoid any misfortunes.
To maintain the cleanliness and effectiveness of your washing machine, we have prepared five easy-to-follow tips and powerful cleaning agents for you. These tips and agents are completely safe and widely available.
1. Trust the Power of Vinegar
It is a common and effective practice to run your washing machine a hot cycle using vinegar. White vinegar with hot water is efficient in removing bacteria and in preventing its growth. Furthermore, vinegar is a natural deodorizer and will remove the mildew odor
Don’t forget to scrub the interior and exterior parts of the washer with a mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water. Soak a sponge on the mixture and scrub every corner of the insides of the washer. Repeat the cycle until no nasty stench is left on the machine.
2. Deep Clean with Hydrogen Peroxide
Soak clean towels on hydrogen peroxide and pack the gasket’s cavities to allow time for the chemical to remove any molds or grease. Leave it for an hour then scrub off any residue using a toothbrush and wipe the gasket and seals. Let your washer run the longest wash cycle and hottest water setting with the largest load size. After one or two cycles, leave the washer’s door open to give time for the insides to dry up and prevent mildew.
3. Use a Washer Cleaner
Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth then clean the drum with a washer cleaner like Tide Washing Machine Cleaner or Clorox. Most people often use a washer cleaner as it is not too acidic and definitely safe to use. To deep clean, close the washer’s door and soak the cleaner for at least an hour. After that, run a hot water cycle. Remember to choose the warmest option available.
4. Run a Warm Cycle with Essential Oils
Essential oils have a lot of uses, and one of them is for disinfection. Utilize the oil, preferably tea tree, together with washing soda. Mix ten drops of essential oil with two cups of washing soda. Pour the mixture on the washer and soak it inside for an hour. Afterward, run a warm cycle. If nasty scent remains, run another cycle until the washer smells fresh and clean.
5. Maximize the Self-Clean Function with Bleach
This is applicable for those with a newer washer model that has a self-mode option. The first step is to check the seal around the door of your washer. Then wipe it down with a wet cloth or sponge. Second, clean the filter of your washer. And finally, run the washer’s self-cleaning mode with bleach. Add one cup of bleach before starting the cycle. After the cycle, leave the door open to keep it smelling fresh.
There are plenty of methods and available cleaning agents to be applied and utilized in cleaning your washing machine. You can go for whatever suits you and your washer best, but knowing all the appropriate methods and right products to use will always come in handy. Remember not to miss any corner of the washer!