Clean your washing machine or else loose your washing machine

Clean your washing machine or else loose your washing machine
Washing machine is one of the few home appliances that we use very often to clean our clothes and other fabrics, in today’s busy schedule where we hardly get time for other activities apart from our work, in this situation washing machine seems like a savior to save us from the burden of cleaning our clothes using our own hands.
when it comes for cleaning our clothes we can’t rely regularly on laundry services as it would not be pocket friendly. So, we must pay attention to keep our washing machine clean especially once in a month to ensure its long life unless you want to repair your washing machine and also to keep our clothes away from the formation of harmful bacteria which can make us sick.
Detergent used for cleaning our clothes can leave residues like minerals and chemicals which can get locked in our washing machine. This can create a thin film that traps bacteria. These bacteria can obstruct inner mechanisms, hence water doesn’t get as hot and our detergent won’t be strong enough to clean properly. Also, washing machines can provide hot and humid environments if not clean properly. This can become a favorable place for bacteria to grow and spread.

Cleaning a Top-Loader

1st step: Adjust your settings to run your washer on the hottest temp and for the largest load without clothes and detergent.
2nd step: Add 3 cups of white vinegar in the tub or basin then start the machine and let it get filled with water, as it fills, the water will mix with the vinegar.
3rd step: Once it is filled with water let it be on for 1-2 minutes, then stop the machine.
4th step: Then add in ½ cup of baking soda. Run the machine again for 1-2 minutes and stop the machine.
5th step: Once you stop the machine leave it like this for 1-2 hours so, that water, white vinegar, and baking soda mixture sit in the washer basin.
6th step. Now start the washing machine again to finish the cycle and then drain the water.
7th step: After completion of the first cycle, clean the top of the basin by wiping it with a sponge. Water doesn’t fill till the top of the tub, hence that scum ring underneath the rim needs to be paid extra attention. Use a mixture of water and white vinegar while Wiping it off.
8th step: Run second wash cycle of plain hot water. This time don’t add white vinegar or baking soda. Second cycle will rinse everything out and further kill any bacteria that were weakened up in the first cycle.
9th step: After completion of the second cycle take a clean dry cloth to wipe the inside of the basin.

Cleaning a front loader

1st step: Clean the rubber padding or gasket at the front of the washer. This area generally gets filled with hair and dirt. Spray this area with a mixture of vinegar-water and add some baking soda on the rag and rub the area to clean it well.
2nd step: Sprinkle ½ cup of baking soda into the basin of the machine.
3rd step: Now add 3 cups of white vinegar into the basin or tub.
4th step: Adjust settings on the hottest mode for the largest load (or the longest time).
5th step: After the completion of the first cycle run another cycle of just plain water to kill any bacteria and rinse the machine.
6th step: Take a clean and dry cloth to wipe the inside of the tub.

Cleaning the outside

Now take a clean cloth and dip it inside a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar (2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar. Use it to Wipe down the top of the washer, the knobs, the doors, and the dispensers. If needed use an old toothbrush to clean these parts properly.

Clean the trap

1st step: Unplug your washer
2nd step: On the front or back of the washer there will be a little door.
3rd step: Place a small bowl in front of the small door and open it to catch water spilled out of it.
4th step: Gently pull the top end of the hose out that you’ll find inside the door and pull off the plastic cap.
5th step: Drain the water inside the hose in the bowl.
6th step: Near the black hose there will be the trap cap, also called the filter cap. Twist it to the left and pull it out.
7th step: Clean the trap and replace the hose and trap back in place.
8th step: Now close the little door of the washer and it’s done.

Bonus Tips

Never forget to leave the door or lid of the washer or tub open after removing load  from it. This will let the inside of the basin to dry up, thus preventing bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing.
Never wash too much clothes in a single wash cycle. This can cause the washer to overwork which will result in trapping and clogging pipes and drains.

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