Whether you use your washing machine several times daily or a few times per week, it gets dirty after a while. Clean and maintain the appliance that is responsible for keeping your clothes clean with a few simple steps.
To clean a washing machine, wipe down the outside, run an empty machine with detergent and bleach and then run it again with only vinegar to remove soap scum and hard water stains. Clean the fabric softener dispenser in the kitchen sink, or run vinegar through it.
To clean the inside of a washing machine, fill the drum of the machine with hot water and add one of several cleaning solutions, including bleach, baking soda and vinegar. After the drum of water and solution has soaked, allow the cycle to run and the water to drain.
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Types of washing machines include traditional top-loading washers, high-efficiency top-loading washers, front-loading washers and compact washers. As its names indicates, top-loading washers require users to load from the top of the unit. Clothes are loaded from the front of front-loading washers.
Washing machines are primarily made of sheet steel. Usually, the spin tub is made of steel with a porcelain coating. Plastic parts also constitute a small part of a washing machine assembly.
White vinegar is an effective natural cleaner for washing machines. The acerbic nature of the vinegar removes soap residue, grime and bacteria from the washer. The vinegar is poured into the soap dispenser and run through a wash cycle.
Steam cleaning in a washing machine is the process of adding steam during the washing process to help keep clothing and fabrics wrinkle-free and soft. The steam is introduced to the washing cycle during the pre-wash, wash and post-wash phases to improve cleaning, soaking and sterilization of clothin
Steam cleaning in a washing machine requires a machine that has a steam cleaning option. Many machines allow the user to select a dedicated steam cleaning cycle or add steam to a normal cycle. During steam cycles, steam and water work together to help soak fabrics more thoroughly, increase temperatu
To clean washing machine pipes, unplug the unit from its outlet, turn off the water supply, and remove the back of the unit. Snake the pipes, then clean them out with a solution made from baking soda and vinegar.