Tip & How-To about Washing Machines

Cleaning Your Washing Machine

  1. Begin by filling your empty washing machine up with hot water. Make sure the machine is set to the highest capacity setting (large load).
  2. While the machine is filling, add some white vinegar or lemon juice to the water (about one or two cups should do it). You can also add cup of baking soda, if you wish, to improve the smell of the washing machine. Run through the wash cycle. Once this step is done, the dirt build-up and mineral deposits that were stuck inside the washer should disappear.
  3. Wipe out the empty interior of the washing machine with a paper towel or cloth to get off any loosened dirt or grime.
  4. Run another cycle all the way through, this time using cold water.
  5. Now that the inside of the washer is clean, you'll want to make sure that the outside matches! Get at all the hard-to-get areas (like around the lid) with a cotton swab or the edge of a washcloth. Scrub away any spilled detergent or dirt that has collection on the surface. Wipe the exterior with a wet wash cloth. Dry off, and your washing machine will be looking great!

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odors, the machine smells very much like mildew


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