Washing machines are an integral part of the modern lifestyle. Washing and drying used clothes with a few presses of buttons bring untold joy to the already overworked modern humans. But these machines do not come cheap and might break down at the most inopportune moment if not cared for properly. Which is why today we present a few easy yet useful techniques to clean your washing machine.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine?
There are subtle differences between the cleaning regimen for top load and front load washing machines. First, we are going to list all the cleaning techniques that are good for both types and then list a few additional care points for front load ones.
General Cleaning Techniques
Running a hot water cycle without any clothes helps remove residual detergent or dirt deposits. If not cleaned regularly, these deposits can go on to clog the system and harm the washing machine. Ensure that the water is not boiling hot but hot enough to dislodge any dirt or grime from the inside.
- At least once a month, run a cycle with washing machine cleaners. This will also help remove deposits but at the same time will get rid of the bad odour, bacteria or other unwelcome build-ups. These cleansers are easily available online or at most shopping centres.
- Keeping the washing machine top/door slightly open after each cycle helps the machine dry up properly. It also prevents residual water build-up between cycles. Trapped water can also become a breeding ground for bacteria. Aerated inside mean that machine stays fresh and dry for next use.
- The inlet hose filters should be cleaned each month. They tend to get clogged over time and once they are clogged, water flow and performance suffers which in turn drives up the power usage. Following the user manual, taking them out should be easy. Once out, clean them thoroughly, let them dry and then fir them back in.
- The exterior of the machine should be wiped down with a damp cloth every couple of weeks or so. Mild cleaners or detergent can be used while cleaning the exterior but no liquid must come in contact with the circuitry. Apart from aesthetic reasons, keeping machines that deal with water clean and dry prevents bacteria, odour and dirt build up.
- The rubber seal of the door attracts a lot of dirt and muck. Do not forget to pull down/out the seal and clean underneath. Be sure to be gentle with the seal and never dry it with heat. If the seal gets deformed, then it might be difficult to fit it back in.
Front Load Washing Machines Cleaning Techniques
While above-mentioned points are good for both top and front load washing machines, there are a few additional steps you can undertake to keep your front load washing machine squeaky clean. As front load washing machines are larger, they need a little bit of additional care.
- Once every month you should remove the detergent drawer and soak in hot water to clean it up separately. Gently rub to get all dirt deposit and grime out, dry it completely and then fit it back in.
- Since front load machines give better access, you can use a soft brush to clean all the nooks and crannies inside. Use a washing machine cleaner or general detergent. Make sure to get the places near the hinges especially clean.
Keeping a tight cleaning regimen for a washing machine can keep your clothes odour free and have the machine operate at maximum efficiency. The steps are simple enough for anyone to follow and they will help the machine serve you for a long time to come. Clean washing machines not only improve the quality of washing but also saves on power bills. Make sure you care for it so it can care for you!