Your washing machine works hard. It removes dirt, stains and bacteria from all your clothes and doesn’t ask for much in return. Over time, dirt and soap scum build up. If you’ve never cleaned your washing machine, then a good scrubbing is overdue. Check out these tips for cleaning a top-loading or front-loading washing machine.

How Often Should You Clean Your Washer?

We recommend cleaning your washing machine once every 3 months. If it gets heavy use or cleans a lot of tough stains it's common to clean the machine every few weeks or even weekly. Staying on top of your machine's maintenance can help it work more efficiently by using less energy and it keeps your clothes nice a clean.

Wipe Down the Exterior of a Washing Machine

Remove the control knobs if they come off. Soak them in warm water and a little bit of Dawn dish soap. Then wash them in the sink. You can let them air dry or dry them with a towel. Wipe down the exterior of the washing machine with a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner.

Move the machine away from the wall to vacuum behind it. It can help to have someone assist you. Be careful of the connections behind the machine as they may disconnect if they are too short. Some machines have wheels on the back. Try tipping the front of the machine back until the rear wheels touch the ground.

Inspect the rubber water supply hoses for cracks or wear. If you see any damage, contact a repair center to help you replace them.

Clean & Disinfect the Interior of a Washing Machine

First, use a toothbrush or the Oxo Kitchen Cleaning Brush Set to clean the crevices of the machine. Wipe off what you can with a towel. Next, we'll run a hot water cycle to disinfect the drum. If there are any small parts that you can remove, do so and soak them in the sink with warm water and vinegar.

We'll use a mixture of hot water and vinegar to help clean and disinfect the inside drum. The vinegar will get rid of any smells, mold and mildew. Set you washer to the hottest temperature and the longest cycle it has.

Scrub the Wash Drum

If there are any remaining stubborn stains in the drum, pour a quart of white vinegar into the wash drum with a cup of baking soda. Use the Oxo brushes to scrub the interior of the wash drum. At the hottest temperature setting, run a wash cycle with this cleaning solution in an empty washer; select the heavy-duty wash cycle if available. Run your machine again with regular soap if you want to get rid of the vinegar smell.

Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

Read your owner's manual for the best instructions on how to maintain the units. It's important to only use HE-approved detergent in High Efficiency machines as this helps to eliminate excess suds. Keep the washer door cracked when not in use to prevent mold and mildew. Clean the washer debris trap once a week - if you have one.

Although Spring Into Clean does not clean inside washing machines, we do dust the outside surfaces and vacuum around the sides and behind the machines if we can easily reach them.

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