Just like your clothes, your washer and drier are items that require regular cleaning, although not that frequently. As time passes, washing machines accumulate dirt residue which may lead to mold, and dryers accumulate lint that may start a fire. So clean your washer and drier regularly to keep them safe and fresh.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine
- Run a cycle using baking soda. This will combat moldy smells that old soap and fabric softeners leave behind.
- Run a different cycle with white vinegar. To further eliminate musty odors, in addition to soap and fabric deposits, pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the machine drum and operate the longest and hottest cycle. For additional freshness, add 10 drops of essential oil, like tea tree or lavender into the mix.
- Clean the washing machine’s interior. Wipe down the drum and agitator (if you have one) with vinegar and a cotton cloth. Remove any stains utilizing a paste of baking soda and warm water and a soft sponge.
- Wash the rubber seal attached to the washer when you have a front-load washer. It normally hosts mold that’s bad for your health and your own clothes. Clean it with a cotton cloth dipped in vinegar or your favorite all-purpose cleaner.
- Clean the exterior machine components. Now it is time to give your washer door, the exterior surfaces, in addition to the detergent dispensers a fantastic clean. If dispensers are removable, then take them out first. Use vinegar or your preferred cleaner and cotton fabric. In case you’ve got a top-load washer, clean the surface of the lid and beneath it. For cracks and cracks, use a shampoo and baking soda if needed.
How to Clean Your Dryer
- Clean the lint filter/trap. First, remove the filter and then filter it out (depending on the dryer, you may want to unscrew the filter first). Then, clean the lint that’s built up in the filter trap employing a narrow wand attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
- Vacuum the dust from the rear panel. Before you do this, be certain that you read the manufacturer’s instructions first. As soon as you’re sure it is safe to clean the rear panel, unscrew the bolts and you’re going to see a lot of lint inside. Vacuum the lint out and use a narrow brush for inside hard locations.
- Clean the lint in the drum. Wash the interior drum and the drier door thoroughly using a sponge and a cleaner, and allow it to dry.
- Vacuum the duct. First, detach the lint duct in the back of the drier carefully and use your vacuum to remove the lint and dust within the duct. You also wish to check the outside exhaust tube to ensure there is not any lint blocking the port. Eliminate the valve and vacuum cleaner the lint if there’s one.
- Wipe down the dryer. Now it is finally time to clean the outside surfaces of the dryer with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. Once this is done, reattach the rear panel and ducts.
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