Clothes washers, or washing machines, can get your clothes clean and ready to wear in no time. But what happens when you use a dirty clothes washer to wash some dirty clothes? It doesn’t take a genius to notice the absurdity of the question, and yet people fail or just neglect to get their clothes washers cleaned up time and time again. This prevents having to do some washer repair later down the road.
Here are some cleaning and maintenance tips for your clothes washers:
* The first thing to do is check if grime and dirt have started to build up along the interior walls. If so, then it’s time for some clothes washer cleaning.
Pour a quart of white vinegar into the washer drum with a cup of baking soda. Use a stiff nylon brush and vinegar to scrub the interior of the wash drum. At the hottest temperature setting, run a wash cycle with this cleaning solution in an empty washer; select the heavy-duty wash cycle if available.
Bleach and softener dispensers should also be cleaned regularly. To do this, use a q-tip and vinegar + water solution and get into all the cracks of the dispensers.
* Don’t forget to check the hoses for leaks while you’re at it. It’s natural for the hoses that came with the clothes washer to wear out and develop a leak over time. It’s a good idea to buy a replacement hose in advance.
Your washer now looks ten times better and is all set to do some cleaning of its own.
It isn’t a matter of whether or not you should clean your washers, but when it has to be cleaned and maintained. It depends on how many clothes are washed in it each week. There’s no formula for this; you’ve got to figure it out for yourself. If the interior compartment looks like it needs cleaning, then clean it before you use it again.