The Best Way To Clean Your Washing Machine
One centre of the home happens to be the kitchen when it comes to food which makes everyone happy, and the living room for some happy family time. But when it comes to cleaning, the washing machine happens to be the centre of activities whenever a thorough cleaning exercise is happening in your home, because it is an essential appliance in any household. Have you ever experienced a faulty washing machine in your family before? That is a major burden to the smooth running of your domestic routine. Sometimes, other than when it is newly purchased, it hardly gets any tender love and care from its owners, because once it has rendered its cleaning service, it is abandoned right there until the night time it is needed. Do we make an impressive effort to have it cleaned out to ensure it operates efficiently and effectively?
A machine that cleans clothes is only expected to collect dirt. Grime, dirt and debris are deposited in the washing machine, and when not cleaned and aired enough, can generate and give off odour, which can affect the clothes coming into it, making sense of the question “Can a dirt thing make something clean”? regularly cleaning your washing machine can greatly improve its functionality and extend its lifespan. As obvious as it seems, people still wonder why a washing machine will require cleaning. This blog post will take you through steps on how to clean your washing machine.
- Start With Cleaning The Exterior
Cleaning the exterior of your washing machine is a prior step to ensuring your washing machine is cleaned. Use your all-purpose cleaning cloth to wipe down the washing machine, targeting the grime gathering in narrow ends, cleaning the control panel and buttons, noticing if the soap or other substances have settled on it, and attacking its paint.
- Clean the detergent dispenser
The regular usage of the detergent dispenser involves having detergent added every time you are about to wash some clothes, and over time this causes it to become clogged with moist detergent that eventually goes dry. Detach the dispenser from the machine, and wash it in warm water, which eventually becomes soapy because of the deposited detergent, you scrub the dispenser hard, either with a piece of clothing or a toothbrush which reaches the tiny corners.
- Remove Lint
Some washing machines come with their lint trap compartment, while some don’t, as you see them in driers. If yours has got a lint trap, then it could become clogged with lint and other debris deposited by the washed clothes. It is important to always clear out the lint compartment to prevent it from clogging. Locate the lint trap, detach and wash it with warm soapy water, dry it up and attach it right back to the machine.
- Clean the drum
The drum of your washing machine may also become dirty over time, and it is very understandable why many seem to think it doesn’t need to be cleaned because it cleanses itself while cleaning clothes. Items from pockets of the clothes could be deposited, and depending on how sandy the wash clothes are, you could visibly see sand deposits inside the drum. To wash it, pick out the items that are large enough, before simply adding two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser, and running the machine on a hot cycle to help remove the visible and non-visible buildup and odour.
- Take Immediate Action on moulds in your washing machine
When moulds are spotted in your washing machine, take immediate action to eliminate them by mixing one cup of bleach with water, pouring the solution into the drum, and running the washing machine on the hottest possible cycle. This can be prevented subsequently by not always completely shutting your washing machine when not in use.
- Maintain the Washing Machine’s cleanliness
Once you have cleaned your washing machine by running it on the hottest cycle possible, subsequent actions should be to maintain cleanliness in the future by ensuring you wipe down the exterior of the machine regularly, removing the deposited lint and debris from the lint trap compartment after every wash.
Finally, cleaning your washing machine should be a part of your cleaning routine around the house, as this is part of its maintenance that is easily overlooked because it is a cleaning device, so it should somehow clean itself. By adopting the steps listed above, you keep your washing machine running and provide a high standard of cleaning service it was made for. To extend the lifespan of the washing machine, always prevent excessive build-up and clogging by clearing and cleaning it regularly.