Your washing machine cleans your clothes for you on a daily basis. (For most of you) How many of you however, remember to give your washing machine a wash every now and then? Imagine the amount of grime stuck in its nooks and corners! 

Not cleaning out your washing machine is liken to not giving your cups much of a second rinse after using. After all, it’s just water isn’t it? 

Wrong! The truth is your washing machine can be a perfect hiding spot for mildew and mold. 

Follow these simple instructions to rid the machine of its grimy mold!

All you need is white vinegar and some cleaning cloth.

TOP LOAD

1. Set your washer to its hottest temperature, highest capacity and longest cycle.

2. Add 4 cups of white vinegar to the hot water, close the lid and allow it to agitate for several minutes. 

3. Open the lid (so the machine stops) and allow it to sit for an hour so that the vinegar can do its job to get rid of the bacteria hiding in all those nooks and crannies and the hoses of the machine.

FRONT LOAD

Despite all of the benefits they have to offer consumers, there is one common complaint that seems to plague owners: stinky laundry.

HE (high efficiency) washers use less water and less energy which in turn results in more mildew, mold, detergent residue and buildup in your washer. Some washers have a separate cleaning cycle as an option, so use that if yours fall in to that category. If not, all you need is some white vinegar and a little time.

1. Select the hot water setting. If your machine does not have a hot water setting, then select a “white” or a “stain” cycle setting.

2. Select the “extra rinse” option if your washer has that choice.

3. Add ¾ cup of white vinegar to the bleach dispenser or fill to its max level.

4. Allow the cycle to run until it has completed.

5. To ensure that no vinegar remains in your washer, manually select an additional rinse cycle if your washer does not have a 2nd rinse cycle selection

Be sure to also check the bleach and fabric softener dispensers and rubber seal on the door for mold or mildew. 

 

Maintaining a clean washer and eliminating the stinky laundry issue is easy – be sure to leave the door open to prevent moisture build-up in between loads and clean it inside and out every month.

 

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