5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining a Top Load Washing Machine
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I don’t know about your’s but lately my washing machine has has a terrible funk of a smell. It was almost as soon as the weather started to get humid that my machine started to smell musky. I never really thought a fairly new top loading machine that is suppose to clean things would take on a scent of it’s own, but my washer proved otherwise!
That is when I really decided to give my washing machine a deep clean to get it back to like-new condition. Between the 4-5 loads I do weekly, and the fact that this heavy duty washer machine gets a ton of action, it was bound to get funky. When even my kids notice the smell, I knew I had an issue!
Here are 5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining a Top Load Washing Machine:
1. Clean Visible Surfaces: Using a damp rag with vinegar a baking soda, clean under the lid, around the fabric softener and bleach dispenser. I know my washer was caked with old fabric softener splashes, and dust. I used my go-to cleaner which happens to be a blend of vinegar and baking soda to clear that stuck on gunk. It totally worked wonders to scrub
2. Use OxiClean™ Washing Machine Cleaner Monthly: Did you realize that sometimes cheap laundry detergents, and fabric softeners actually clog and cake your washer? I really wasn’t aware this could happen until I started using many different laundry products at once. Those, paired with the cold water cycle wreaked havoc on my machine, and allowed bacteria to overgrow.
I was a bit skeptical that the OxiClean™ Washing Machine Cleaner would work, but it actually did! I ran a hot water cycle with one packet of powder, and let the machine take care of the rest! After my washer was done, and the lid clicked I couldn’t wait to open it and inspect inside. I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that there was no more funky odor! Now, I will just need to maintain this once per month!
3. Soak and Scrub Inner Washer, and Drum: If you prefer to naturally clean your washer, my mom suggested using vinegar and baking soda to soak the drum and basket. She adds 1/2 cup of baking soda to her washing machine and fills it with hot water. She then adds 3 cups of white vinegar and physically scrubs down the drum, and walls. Sometimes tissue, paper, and wrappers get stuck in the little holes and this helps to un-clog them.
4. Use Correct Laundry Care Products: Did you know that some high-efficiency washers require special HE compatibility detergent. Using the wrong kind of detergent can clog your washer, and allow bacteria and gunk to grow. You can also actually break your machine by not using the correct detergents, or by using certain laundry products. I am living proof of this!
Also, remember not to overload your washing machine! This not only makes in ineffective, but it also could potentially break the agitator! Trust me on that one, I have broken several washing machines in my younger days by doing unbalanced loads!
5. Vacuum around and behind your washing machine and dryer: I know my washer and dryer are side by side so there is a pit that in about 2 inches wide where missing socks, dust bunnies, and pocket change like to collect. Consider vacuuming around your units and keeping them clean to prevent a fire hazard.
If you would like to try OxiClean™ Washing Machine Cleaner, you can save $1 on your next purchase by printing this $1 off coupon. Do you have any other things to add to my 5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining a Top Load Washing Machine? I am always up for more suggestions!
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