How to clean your washing machine is actually pretty simple and necessary. So, think about doing that cleaning only once a week, or even once a month, preferably more often if you’re a light user. Cleaning it not only means it lasts longer but it helps you get rid of stale fabric softener and mildew caused by previous dryer use. It’s also a great way to avoid having to change the washer frequently, saving you from much hassle. So, how does it work?
Before you start cleaning your washer, have a plastic container ready filled with about half a cup of white vinegar. Typically, you’d use the standard vinegar solution for cleaning your washing machine’s front-loading washing machine, but white vinegar works better on the side-by-side washers with the vent facing down. Pour about half a cup into the container, fill up the front-loading washing machine’s lid and turn it on. If your machine uses dryer steam, you’ll want to set the dryer to its next cycle before starting.
The first step in the process is to agitate the lint trap with a wire brush or a sponge. It’s possible that some stubborn bits of lint will be trapped in the lint trap, which can cause a problem with your clothes. Continue brushing away the lint until you feel like the entire inside of the drum is free of lint. If the dryer isn’t completely dry, you’ll need to wait for it to finish heating up fully before you can remove the blockage. If the dryer doesn’t show any signs of changing colors or sticking to the sides, you may have to wait a day or two before checking it out.
Next, take your softening solution and pour it into your washing machine drum. Turn the machine on and set it to the gentle spin cycle. While it’s spinning, run a delicate stream of water through both the top and bottom of the dryer’s fabric softener cup.
Once you’ve finished with the vinegar rinse cycle, you can move on to washing the other parts of the drum yourself. First, remove the washer basket from the dryer. Then, open the lint trap. The white vinegar will likely smell like a garbage bag. However, if it isn’t, you can empty it out without too much trouble. Once the vinegar has gone, you can empty the washing machine’s dryer basket.
Once that is complete, you can move on to the next step. If the white vinegar has an odor like baking soda, you can use a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water to permeate the fabric with the vinegar and bring it out. Once this is done, you can replace the dryer basket and rinse the rest of the fabric. Once the fabric is rinsed, you can place the microfiber cloth in the dryer.
If you have a front-loading washing machine, all you have to do is take your microfiber cloth and dip it into the cleaning solution. Washing the fabric again makes it easier for you. When you are done, you can place it back in the dryer on its own power. Follow up with a half-hour or full wash cycle to finish the job. Remember, you can always run another wash cycle after using the all-purpose cleaner.
If you have an old front-loading washing machine, all you need to do is follow the steps above but add one more thing. You should add one cup of baking soda to the load of the dryer you have. Baking soda is a great neutralizer for ironing and it also works as a fabric softener for your clothes. After adding the baking soda, you can let your machine dry up, spin it, and fold it once before putting it back into the dryer. However, if you wish to avoid these hassles, one can simply rent a washing machine. It is easily available these days across major cities in India. It is very much assured that the maintenance is very low when you opt for a washing machine on rent rather than buying.