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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Washing Machine Maintenance

I've never cleaned my washing machine. Are you grossed out? As obsessed with cleanliness as I am, it never occurred to me that I needed to clean my washing machine until a few months ago. While helping us move, my dad (a man that's not terribly observant) pointed out that I needed to wipe out the inside of my machine before washing any more clothes. He was right. After all, I do put dirty clothes into it. I guess I just figured that all the dirt flushes out during the spin cycle.


So I wiped it out but I started wondering how clean I really made my washer so I did some checking. There's actually a little process to follow that will clean the grime out of your machine.

  • Run a full cycle empty with hot water and 2 cups of vinegar.
  • Once it is complete, your wash bucket should be nearly spotless. Rub any remaining spots with a paper towel that is dabbed with vinegar. It will be more effective if done while the machine is still warm.
  • Remove the fabric softener holder and wash it in warm soapy water.
  • Clean the bleach dispenser with a spray cleaner and paper towels.
  • Wipe down under the rim of the wash bucket as dirt can collect up under there and it can be difficult to detect.
We moved in May, and three months later I am forcing myself to do this. I am sure this is one of those tasks that you dread but are really glad you did it once you are done. So after I typed the first bullet point, I went and started the washer. I'll let you know how it goes.

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