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Simple Steps for Cleaning your Washing Machine

Sure, a washing machine is there to clean your clothes – but what happens to the dirt and grime that was on those dirty clothes? Hopefully, it gets removed from the washing machine when it drains, but can you be sure? Over time, dirt, oils, and minerals from the water can build up in the washing machine, causing clothes to get less than clean.

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas recommends physically washing your washing machine every 6 months to maintain its longevity and ensure that your clothes are getting as clean as possible. Follow these easy steps to a clean washing machine today!

Front Loading Washing Machine

1.     Clean the Gaskets: One of the dirtiest parts of a front loading washer is the gasket around the front of the washing machine door. Take a wet cloth doused in white vinegar and scrub down the gasket, removing hair, lint, dirt, and other debris that may be wedged down in the cracks.

2.     Clean with Vinegar: White vinegar disinfects the interior of the washer drum, ensuring a clean finish. Add two cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser - as if it was detergent – and run a full cycle on the hottest setting possible.

3.     Clean with Baking Soda: Do the exact same thing you did with the vinegar, but this time you are adding half a cup of baking soda. Baking soda deodorizes and leaves the washing drum fresh and clean.

4.     Wipe it Down: Use a damp cloth to wipe down all the surfaces and now you’re done!

Top Loading Washing Machine

The process is very similar for a front loader and a top loader, with just a few minor differences.

1.     Clean the Dispensers and Exterior: Grab a wet cloth and wipe down all of the surfaces of the washing machine and all of the dispensers with white vinegar.

2.     Clean with Vinegar: Start a wash cycle on the hottest setting, add 4 cups of white vinegar, let the water sit in the drum for about one hour, then allow the cycle to drain the water.

3.     Clean with Baking Soda: Run another cycle on the very hottest setting, but this time add one cup of baking soda to the mix. Let this cycle run from start to finish.

4.     Wipe it Down: After everything is drained, take a damp cloth and wipe down the interior of the drum to ensure there is no grime remaining.

Taking these steps will ensure that your appliance lasts longer and gets your clothes cleaner. Having problems with your washing machine? Don’t worry – call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service immediately! Our team is well-trained in Dallas appliance repair and specializes in all brands of washing machines. We will be out quickly to diagnosis and fix the issue. Proudly serving Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Garland, Irving, and the greater Dallas area.


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