People get so used to the durability of their washing machine that they forget it can still use some loving once in a while.
Washing machines are some of the most durable appliances in your home. A Lewis MacLean Plumber can ensure it keeps on ticking when you bring him in for regular plumbing, heating or air conditioning tune-ups. The washing machine is included on his inspection list, ensuring all the connections and parts are in full working order. Did you know that low water pressure can sap the effectiveness of your washing machine?
Having a dirty washing machine also doesn’t help. Here is how you can clean the inside of your machine. You’ll need white vinegar, baking soda, a toothbrush and a microfiber cloth.
1. Fill the washer using the highest load size, hottest water setting, and longest wash.
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 allow the washer to agitate for about a minute. Open the lid again and allow the water, vinegar, and baking soda to soak in the washer tub for an hour.
4. Remove any parts you can and soak them and clean under the lid. Soak and scrub removable parts like the bleach and fabric softener wells. Dry them thoroughly and replace. Using a toothbrush, clean the upper portion of the agitator and hard-to-reach areas under the lid and around the rim of the tub.
5. After an hour, close the lid and allow the cycle to complete. During this time, you can clean the top of the washing machine, the dials, and console with vinegar solution.
6. Repeat. Run one more hot wash with a quart of vinegar in it to clean away any residue loosened and left behind by the first cycle.
7. Once the washer has drained, wipe the sides and bottom of the tub with vinegar solution to remove any last residue. You can prolong the cleanliness of a fresh washing machine by leaving the lid open between uses. This allows the interior to dry out thoroughly and prevents mildew.