Updated: Oct 17
Your trusty laundry machine works tirelessly to keep your clothes fresh and clean, but have you ever wondered if it needs a little TLC as well? As a cleaner, I've seen many laundry machines that are full of grime and mold...leaving your clothes to look and smell battered down. But it doesn't have to be this way! And no, a new machine isn't the answer just yet.
Regular cleaning of your washing machine is essential to maintain its efficiency and ensure your laundry always comes out smelling and looking its best. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to properly clean your laundry machine.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin, make sure you have the following supplies on hand:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- A handful of Microfiber cloths
- A small brush or an old toothbrush - our cleaning team loves using denture brushes!
- An empty bucket
- A soft cloth or sponge (get that scrub daddy!)
- Optional: essential oils for a pleasant scent
Step 2: Clean the Exterior
Start by cleaning the outside of your washing machine. This is often an overlooked step but can make a big difference in your laundry room's overall cleanliness. Use a microfiber cloth and a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap to wipe down the exterior surfaces. Be sure to clean the control panel and buttons thoroughly.
Step 3: Clean the Door Seal and Drum
The rubber door seal is a common breeding ground for mold and mildew. To clean it:
1. Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a bucket.
2. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and wipe the door seal, paying special attention to any moldy or discolored areas.
3. After cleaning, leave the door ajar to allow the seal to dry completely and prevent future mold growth.
Step 4: Remove and Clean the Detergent Dispenser
If your washing machine has a detergent dispenser drawer, remove it and wash it thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Make sure to remove any detergent or fabric softener residues that may have built up.
Step 5: Run a Cleaning Cycle
To clean the interior of your washing machine, run a cleaning cycle with a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda:
1. Fill the detergent dispenser with two cups of white vinegar.
2. Place one cup of baking soda directly into the drum.
3. Select the hottest water temperature and run a complete wash cycle without any laundry in the machine.
This combination will help break down residue, sanitize, and deodorize your machine.
Step 6: Clean the Filters and Drains
Regularly check and clean your washing machine's lint filter and drain pump. Consult your machine's manual for specific instructions on locating and cleaning these components. Doing this helps prevent clogs and ensures the machine drains properly.
Step 7: Optional Scent Boost
For a pleasant, natural scent in your machine, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus, to a damp cloth. Toss the cloth into the drum and run a short cycle.
A clean laundry machine not only ensures your clothes come out fresh and free of odors but also extends the life of your appliance. By following these simple steps and making cleaning your washing machine a regular part of your routine, you'll enjoy cleaner clothes and a more efficient machine for years to come. So go ahead, give your trusty washing machine the love it deserves, and it will continue to serve you and your laundry well.