How to Clean Your Top Load Washing Machine

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If you’re reading this right now, chances are there that your washing machine isn’t working efficiently because it’s asking for a cleaning shot. Congratulations you’ve just landed in the right place, we’re here to share a quick routine that might help you wash your top loader washing machines. 

It might sound absurd but your washing machine needs washing too. Think of it, your washing machine has been incessantly cleaning your favorite clothes so obviously, it’s dirty and grimy.

It’s mainly because of your children playing on the beach sand or grass and your baby pet shredding off their hair on everything. With that being said, cleaning is absolutely vital to perform. 

Good news? You won’t have to find a professional laundry or cleaner to do so, just some natural supplies like white vinegar and baking soda are all you need. 

Don’t wait for the spring season to start cleaning, begin the process now! 

Daily Cleaning Routine

Although the cleaning routine of your washing machine depends on the frequency of its usage. The more you’ll use, the dirtier it gets. The geographical conditions of your place also have a role to play in this. 

As a thumb rule, it’s recommended to give a thorough cleaning to your washing machine once a month and a professional check-up (what you call a service) every four months to ensure its best health. It’s difficult to clean it every day due to lack of time.

However, if you’re looking for a daily cleaning routine then follow these easy steps—run a round of water with one-quart vinegar and one-quart baking soda. Then run a washing cycle with just water to clean off the smell of vinegar.

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Cleaning Washing Machine Naturally- Deep Cleaning Method

Natural processes are the most effective methods without any side effects. Using artificial cleansers like bleaching powder can cause your machine parts to be permanently stained. It breaks down some necessary bacteria too.

You must ensure to empty the pockets of your clothes and shake off the dust once before putting them into the load. 

Following are the materials that you would require to carry on the cleaning naturally- 

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Old toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth/scrub pad/sponge
  • Gloves 

Step 1: 

Put on your gloves and empty the load, make sure there are no clothes inside it. Dust off the interior using a dry microfiber cloth and remove the solid debris like paper scraps, leaves, stones, etc. Remember to unplug the washing machine before doing this step.

Step 2:

Plug in the washing machine and set it to the hottest temperature, greatest loading capacity, and highest water filling level. Pour 3 – 4 cups of white vinegar and start the washer for agitation for about a minute.

White vinegar will absorb and deform all the mineral deposits, mildew, mold, and gunk. It will disinfectant and dissolve all the deposits caused by the hard water supply as it is a very effective cleaner. And let it sit for an hour. 

Step 3:

While the vinegar is getting absorbed in the washer, plug off the washing machine, and perform cleaning on the exteriors. 

There are crevices under the lid and around the rim of the washer which are the most favorite place for the dust particles to hang out. Use dampened (use the water-filled in your washer) microfiber cloth and toothbrush to reach the dead ends which are almost impossible to access otherwise. 

Step 4: 

Drain out the vinegar water and empty the load once again. Fill up the water once again and pour half a cup of baking soda this time. Baking soda will allow your washer to get rid of the musty odor and soap scum, thanks to its cleaning and deodorizing properties

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Let it rest for an hour once again (don’t forget to unplug it). During this time check for any left out exteriors and the parts where the water can’t reach to clean up. If your machine allows, remove the bleach dispenser and clean it using a wet cloth. 

Step 5:

Drain out this water and use a dry microfiber cloth to finally wipe off the interiors and residue left (if any). This is the point when reality will hit you hard and you’ll realize how badly your washing machine needed this therapy. 

Why Do You Need to Clean Your Washer

Your washing machine cleans your clothes that have a plethora of junk layers. All this junk and dirt gets accumulated in it as scum, mold, and mildew. If you live in a humid place or have a hard water supply or both, it can worsen the condition of your washer to a great extent. 

All this grime and unwanted particles lead to reduced efficiency and performance. Therefore, it’s necessary to wash it from time to time for the top-notch performance of your washer. 

If your top loader machine has a separate dryer, give it a clean-up as well. It’s not asking for much, just use a wet cloth (you know which water to use) and a toothbrush to unclog the drain pipe.

Written by Pulkit D

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