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House Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Washing Machine

House Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Washing Machine

When it comes to house cleaning, we often overlook large appliances. This is especially true of washing machines and dishwashers. With “wash” right in the name, it can be easy to forget that these machines need cleaning themselves. This is especially true of washing machines, which collect mildew, soap scum, and even mold much more quickly than you think.

The good news? It’s easy to clean your washing machine, and all it takes are a few commonly available house cleaning materials. Washing machines should be cleaned every month, so if your washing machine hasn’t been cleaned within the past 30 days, make sure to give it a good clean during your next house cleaning.

Materials Needed for Washing Machine Cleaning

You don’t need anything fancy to give your washing machine a good clean. In fact, the cleaning materials you need are probably already in your house. Believe it or not, the two active cleaning agents are the same materials your kids use for simple science experiments. That’s right: vinegar and baking soda.

To properly clean your washing machine, you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Microfiber cloth or scrubbing sponge
  • Toothbrush

Cleaning Your House’s Washing Machine

The great thing about cleaning your washing machine is that the machine will do most of the work for you. This technique works for both front-loading and top-loading machines, and can be easily worked into your regular house cleaning routine.

  1. Set your washer to a full load and its hottest temperature.
  2. Add vinegar and baking soda. For top-loading washers, use 4 cups vinegar and 1 cup baking soda and add them when your washer has filled with water. For front-loading washers, mix 2 cups vinegar with a ½ cup baking soda and add the mixture to the detergent loader.
  3. Run your washer for a full cycle. Use this time to work on other house cleaning projects, or simply sit back and relax.
  4. When your washer has finished running, use the cloth/sponge to wipe down the inside of the drum and use the toothbrush to scrub any areas that need close attention.

This simple procedure will leave your washer looking good as new. To prevent mildew, mold, and odor build up, you may wish to leave your washer open after cleaning.

Bring a professional touch to your home’s cleaning by turning to the house cleaning professionals at your local Maid Right. Call (855) 624-3744 today to be connected with your area’s local office.