Tips on how to clean and maintain your top load washing machine
Have you ever left a load of laundry in the washer and forgot about it? I know I have! After doing that you may notice a lingering smell in your washer that just won’t seem to go away.
By following the instructions below you can not only take the smell away, but also leave your whole machine looking good!
To clean your washer you will need the following supplies:
• scrub brush
• cleaning cloth
• cotton swabs
• 4 cups (1 quart) regular bleach
• 4½ cups (1 quart + ½ cup) white vinegar
We will start by hand cleaning the machine. We know how lint, detergent and dust love to cling to the washer.
1.Mix 1 cup of hot water and ½ cup vinegar together.
2.Dampen a cloth in vinegar solution and wipe down all surfaces. You can use a cotton swab to get to those hard to reach areas.
3.Open the lid and wipe it down. Dirt and soap can splash up during the washing process, leaving the lid with a build up of grime. This is where the cotton swabs may also come in handy.
4.Remove any bleach and fabric softener dispensers (if applicable) and scrub with your scrub brush dipped in the vinegar solution. If you can not remove the dispensers, just use a cotton swab to get to those hard to reach areas.
5.Lastly, use your scrub brush to clean the agitator.
When you are done giving the washer a good scrub down, let’s make sure the inside is smelling its best.
1. Set your washer to hot, choose the largest load option and the longest wash setting. Also, if you have the option, run an extra rinse and spin cycle.
2.Let the washer fill with hot water, then add 4 cups bleach.
3. Allow the washer to agitate for 2 minutes, then turn the washer off and let it sit for 1 hour.
4.After an hour, turn the washer back on and let it run through the cycle.
5.When the first cycle has finished, turn the washer back on and fill with hot water once again.
6.Add 4 cups vinegar and allow the washer to agitate for 2 minutes, then turn the washer off and let it sit for 1 hour
7.After an hour, turn the washer back on and let it finish the cycle
When you’re all done you should have a beautiful looking, better smelling machine!