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5 Ways to Take Care of Your Washing Machine

Washing Machine

After you invest in a new washing machine, you want to make sure the washing machine will last. When you take proper care of your washing machine, it will last longer than if you neglect to engage in preventative maintenance and care of your new machine. Use these five tips to keep your washing machine in great condition.

1. Clean Out the Inside of Your Washing Machine
To clean the inside of your washing machine, run a hot cycle without any clothing in your washing machine. This should be done on a monthly basis.

You can run the cycle with only hot water, or you can put laundry detergent in the mix to ensure the inside of your machine is well-cleaned.

If your machine has been smelling bad, create a mixture of bleach and powdered laundry soap; this will help kill any bacteria, mold, or mildew inside of your washing machine. You can use white vinegar in place of bleach.

If you decide to run bleach through your washer, run two cycles — one with the bleach and one without — to ensure all the bleach is removed from your machine before you wash any clothing.

2. Wipe Down Your Machine
Use two slightly damp cloths to wipe the outside and inside of your washing machine. Be sure to wipe around the seal on your door as well as the drum inside of the machine. This should be done on a weekly basis.

Also, carefully clean around the soap dispenser. Grime and residue can build up around the soap dispenser. Use a toothbrush to scrub away the buildup.

Wiping down your machine will remove leftover soap residue and prevent mildew from taking over your washing machine.

3. Air Out Your Washing Machine
Next, allow your washing machine to air out. After you run a load, do not shut the door. When you shut the door, you trap any left-over moisture inside of your washing machine, which is how mold and mildew become present.

After each use, leave the door or lid open long enough for the moisture inside to naturally evaporate.

If you have a front-loading washing machine, take a clean cloth and wipe down the gasket, or seal, around the door after each wash. Water tends to get trapped in the seal, which can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew.

4. Pull Out Your Washing Machine & Clean Behind It
Washing machines can be cumbersome, so get someone to help you pull your washing machine away from the wall.

Use a broom and a mop to clean up and remove all the dust that can accumulate under and behind your washing machine. Wipe away any dust on the machine itself.

Dust can negatively impact the performance of your appliances as it gets inside of the machine and jams up internal components.

5. Be Careful About What You Use with Your Washing Machine
If you want to keep your washing machine as clean as possible, be careful with what you use in your washing machine.

Instead of using liquid soap in your washing machine, which can leave behind a residue, switch to powdered soap instead. Powdered soap doesn't leave behind the same residue.

Watch how much soap you use to wash your clothes. Too much soap leads to excessive soap build-up in your washing machine and on your clothing.

Try to avoid liquid softeners as well. Liquid softeners leave behind residue in your washing machine, which can stain your clothing. Use softener sheets and put them in your dryer instead.

For more assistance with taking care of your washing machine and other appliances, contact us at Mountain Vista Appliance. We can perform yearly maintenance checks on your appliances to make sure they continue to run smoothly.