Why would anyone clean their washing machine? It’s supposed to clean itself, right? Wrong! Your top load washer needs a good deep cleaning here and there otherwise dirt and grime from your laundry will build up inside the washing machine. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself. You are bound to find soap scum and mineral deposit build-ups. Keep your laundry appliance cleaning efficiently by following these tips!
Clean it out at least twice a year
When we say you need to clean your washing machine, we aren’t meaning every week or even every month. It’s your responsibility to know when you should clean it out, but we suggest pulling out the cleaning materials at least twice a year is a safe bet. If you live in an area where there is a lot of hard water flowing through your home’s pipes, you may want to start cleaning it out every three to four months.
Fill it up!
To begin the simple process, you are going to need to fill your washer up with hot water. Remember, we are specifically talking about cleaning your top load washer, which has different instructions from a front load washer. Make sure to leave it empty so you don’t ruin any clothing. Take some Chlorine bleach, pour 1 quart into the water-filled washer, and then let it agitate for 1 minute. Afterwards, just let it sit for one hour so it can soak. Finally, run the longest cycle you can from your washing machine settings without adding any detergent.
One more time!
You’re almost done! Fill up your washing machine with hot water, once more, but this time add 1 quart of white distilled vinegar to the mix. Vinegar is such an acidic substance that its power to counteract large build ups is very impressive. Run the same cycle you did with the bleach but take a moment to clean all the little nooks and crannies needing a good wash down.
Once you’ve deep cleaned your washer, it will be all ready to take care of your next pile of dirty laundry.
Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert