A washing machine is a great appliance to have in any home, but it can be difficult to keep it clean. If you're not sure how to clean a top load of a washing machine, don't worry! We'll walk you through the process.
Follow the instructions
If you're using a washing machine cleaner, you will need to directly follow the instructions, which usually just involves chucking a tablet into the tub. But what if your machine's manual tells you to do something different? In that case, it's best to consult your friendly neighborhood appliance technician. In general, though, these machines aren't all that complicated to clean. The most important part is to make sure that any detergent or fabric softener residue is removed, so that it doesn't end up getting re-deposited on your clothes during the next wash cycle. To do this, use a vinegar and water solution (1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of water) to clean out the machine. Be sure to run an empty cycle with this solution to really clear it out.
How to clean with vinegar or bleach
If you're looking for a deep clean and your machine isn't too dirty, you can use bleach or vinegar. These work best on white loads as they can discolor some colors. To use them, set the machine to its highest load size on the hottest and longest setting. Let it fill with water to the top, then add your chosen cleaning solution. Again, do not mix these together - use one or the other. Close the door and allow it to agitate for 30 seconds or so to mix it in, then pause the timer, open the door and let it soak for an hour. After an hour, resume the wash cycle but be sure to check the clothes carefully for any remaining bleach or vinegar residue.
Clean the washing machine drawer
So your machine is still on the fritz? No problem, we’ve still got a few things for you to do. While you’re waiting for the water to heat up, you can clean other areas of the machine. If your machine has a detergent drawer, remove it and soak it in a solution of hot water and dish detergent. Give it a scrub with a toothbrush to reach difficult areas and shift any remaining detergent or fabric softener. Once clean, replace it. While you’ve got the toothbrush out, scrub around the rim of the door and the top of the agitator using the solution in the machine. Finally, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the drum and run a regular cycle—no clothes necessary.
Clean the outside of the machine
To clean the exterior of your machine, start by using a damp microfiber cloth to wipe it down. Be sure to pay special attention to the body of the machine, as well as the controls. If there's any built-up dirt or grime, this will be the best way to get rid of it. Once you've waited an hour, you can close the door and let the machine finish the cycle.
Clean the washing machine with baking soda
If your washing machine is starting to smell a little funky, don't worry—you can easily clean it and get rid of the odor. All you need is some baking soda. Firstly, add ½ cup of baking soda to the drum of your machine and run it on the same setting as you usually do. This will help to deodorize the machine and shift any final stains. If your washing machine was particularly smelly, this is an extra step that can help make it smell better again. Happy washing!
Once this wash has finished, give the inside of the machine a final wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. And that's it! Your machine should be spotless. If you can smell any residual cleaning solution or bleach, feel free to run another cycle.
A top load washing machine is a great investment for a busy family, but it's important to keep it clean so that it continues to operate at its best. By following these simple steps, you can clean your top load washing machine and keep it in good condition.
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