This is why some cleaning companies offer washing machine cleaning services. But do you know that you can easily clean the machine yourself? Below are some pointers on how to clean a washing machine.
Step 1: Gather All Materials You Need for Cleaning the Washing Machine
DIY washing machine cleaning is a simple task if you have all the materials needed to clean your washer. Some of the best materials you can use are the following:
- ½ cup baking soda
- 3-4 cups white vinegar
- Microfiber cloth
Companies that offer maids’ services may use bleach and other chemicals for cleaning. Since you will do it yourself, it is best to go natural and use materials that you can easily find in your kitchen.
Step 2: Set the Washing Machine
Run the washer on hot water, with the largest load size and set it for the longest wash ever. Do not put in any dirty clothes or detergent. Just let it spin for a few seconds while you get and prepare the other materials required for the cleaning.
Step 3: Add White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Allow the machine to continue to run while adding the white vinegar and baking soda. The vinegar has disinfectant properties. It will help kill mold and mildew in your washer. The baking soda, on the other hand, can help remove soap residue inside the machine. It also takes away the bad smell that may have clung to your washing machine after some time.
Step 4: Let Sit for 30 Minutes to One Hour
Once the ingredients are already well mixed inside the washer, stop the machine and allow the water mixture to sit for 30 minutes to one hour. This time span is enough to allow the vinegar and baking soda to do their wonders on the washer. While waiting, dip in the microfiber cloth into the mixture and use it to clean the outer body parts of the machine. Pay special attention to the knobs, top and sides of the wash bin, and fabric softener, bleach or soap dispensers. You may use a toothbrush to remove stubborn dirt.
Step 5: Drain the Water
Allow the machine to drain all the water. If there are still some gunk after the cleaning, repeat the process until all grimes are removed. Wipe the machine afterwards, paying special attention to the top of the wash bin. Your washing machine will be spot clean in no time.
If you are too busy to clean your washer, you may hire someone else to do it for you. There are cleaning services that you can turn to should you require any help in making your washers spotless and smell-free again.