When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Your Washing Machine?

It seems counter intuitive, doesn’t it? Do you really need to clean an appliance that sees nonstop soap and water? The simple answer is YES. Just because your washer magically washes the dirt out of your clothing doesn’t mean that it doesn’t harbor some of that left-behind dirt. And worse.

Don’t Look Now

If you have never cleaned your washer, you may be surprised at what it can harbor. The most common places where soap scum and even mold can hide are between the drums and behind rubber seals. If you are noticing black dots inside your washer or even on your clothing, chances are that your washer needs a good cleaning.

Manufacturers Suggest Once a Month

Most manufacturers suggest that we should be cleaning our washers once a month. In fact, new high efficiency washers are particularly susceptible to developing mold. How we clean the washer will depend on what type of washer we have. High-efficiency front and top loaders need one approach while top loading regular machines require a slightly different one.

Check Your Manual

Check your manual for the type of cleaner your manufacturer suggests. You can also use vinegar which is natural and as close as your pantry. Many new washers have a clean cycle which makes cleaning all the simpler. But even if your machine doesn’t have the clean cycle, it is easy to do by following these easy steps.

High-Efficiency Washers

For high-efficiency front or top loading machines, select the clean cycle or the highest temperature setting. Choose the added rinse cycle. Fill your bleach dispenser with the cleaner you are using. Fill the machine and run it. If you don’t have an additional rinse cycle, put the machine through another rinse. With a microfiber cloth, gently pull away the rubber gasket and clean inside the cavity. Wipe down all dispensers and surface and control areas with a cloth dipped in vinegar or an all-purpose cleaner.

Regular Top Load Machines

For older top-loading machines that are not high efficiency, the cleaning is similar but requires a bit of a wait time. Choose the longest washing cycle and hottest water setting. Fill the washer and then pause it. Add a cup of bleach or approximately four cups of vinegar to the water and allow it to agitate for a short time. Pause it again and let it sit for about an hour. While it is sitting, use a microfiber cloth dipped in the cleaning solution to clean the areas where the water doesn’t reach and the inside area of the lid. Clean the dispensers and exterior surfaces. Then restart the washer and finish the cycle.

Let the Interior Dry

Some Pickering appliance repair experts suggest leaving the washer door slightly ajar to let the interior dry out between washings. Some machines have latches that are designed to do just this.

If you are looking for expert appliance repair in Pickering, call the appliance professionals at Palladium Appliance Repair. In most cases, we provide same day service for all your appliance needs.