Our washing machines do a lot of hard work (and have been running A LOT more often lately, or is that just us?). They clean all of our well-loved clothes and rarely ever complain. But did you know that you are supposed to wash your washer? Many people often overlook this important task - I mean, it’s washing our clothes so it washes itself right? Nope! All of that dirt has to go somewhere. To keep your washing machine at its best, you’ll need to give it some love. Today, we’re talking about top-loading washers.
**Please note that you should refer to your manual to see how they instruct you to clean your washing machine.
1. Clean the Tub
Pour about 2 cups of distilled white vinegar into your machine and run it on the hottest cycle your washer has. This will remove detergent buildup, strange smells, and stains. If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned it (especially if you’ve never cleaned it), you can always run a second load. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell - it doesn’t transfer to your clothes and will quickly dissipate!
2. DIY Cleaning Spray
Make a vinegar cleaning spray - take equal parts water and white distilled vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Don’t worry if you make too much - this spray is great for cleaning a lot of things! Just don’t clean these things with vinegar!
3. Don’t Forget the Outside!
Once your washer has run its cycle, take a cloth, we like using terry cloth and wipe down your machine. Make sure to lift the lid and get in all of the nooks and crannies. Don’t forget the knobs and top of the machine!
4. Make It Shine
Once it’s dry, if you choose, you can go back over your washing machine with a microfiber cloth to give it a nice shine!
5. Don’t Like Vinegar?
We know that not everyone can tolerate the smell of vinegar. If you choose, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar when cleaning the tub of your washing machine.
If you want your machine to stay in tip-top shape, you will want to clean your washing machine about every 30 days. Yes, we’re serious!
Do you have any tips or tricks you do to clean your washing machine? Let us know in the comments below!
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