When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Washer?

Even though it can seem like such an incredibly big hassle, you should clean your washing machine at least once a month. Since washers are constantly working with water and soap, these can leave residues in your washer, creating mold and mildew, causing in your washing machine an unpleasant smell. Avoid having a nasty washer following these quick steps to effectively clean them. Whether you have a top-load washing machine or a front-load washing machine, we’ve got you covered!

Top-load washing machine

What you need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean cloth

The process:

  1. Fill the washer using the highest load size, hottest water setting, and longest wash setting.
  2. Open the lid and as the washer tub fills, add a quart of white vinegar.
  3. Next, add a cup of baking soda. Close the lid and let the washer agitate for a few minutes. Then open up the lid again and allow the vinegar mixture to soak in the washer tub for about an hour.
  4. Soak and scrub removable parts like the bleach and fabric softener wells. Using a toothbrush, clean the upper portion of the agitator and all hard-to-reach areas.
  5. After an hour, close the lid and allow the cycle to complete.
  6. Once the washer has finished and drained, wipe the sides and bottom of the tub with vinegar solution to remove any last residues that you may find.

Repeat as needed.

Front-load washing machine

What you need:

  • Clean cloth
  • Cup of vinegar
  • Water

The process:

  1. Remove and clean the soap dispenser drawer and cavity.
  2. Wipe down the washer drum with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar.
  3. Check the water hose for nasty buildup that you can wipe off.
  4. Clean the rubber seal. Pull the rubber seal back and remove any clothing/items and wipe. 5. Front-load washing machines can accumulate mold and mildew like crazy, so be sure to get it all out.
  5. Run the washer on hot with a cup of vinegar.
  6. Wipe down the inside of your washer again and washer door.

Repeat as needed.

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