Although it may not seem like it, your washing machine also gets dirty inside. You may have noticed it when taking clothes out of it and checking that it does not smell as it should after washing it. Yes: a waste accumulation can affect the cleaning of the garments, and knowing how to clean an automatic washing machine will be quite useful.
To avoid damaging the washing machine or clothing, it is necessary to maintain and care for the machine properly. This regardless of whether it is a front-loading machine or one with top-loading, completely new and beautiful or the reliable one you have had for years. Doing this correctly can also help you get better washing results and make your machine last longer. With these tips you learn how to take care of it and avoid some mistakes.
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How to clean a top-loading washer
Step 1: Leave the door open after removing clothing so it dries completely when you're not using it. This helps prevent mold and fungus from growing in your washer.
Step 2: Use a damp cloth and a small amount of antibacterial liquid soap to clean the inside of your machine.
Step 3: clean any dirt, such as spills and debris from outside your machine and accumulate it on the door, with a damp cloth and soft soap.
Maintenance Tips: Change the filling hoses of your machine every five years, according to the GE Appliances recommendations. To remember to do so, it is a good idea to label the filling hoses, indicating the date you replaced them. You can do it with some adhesive tape and a marker.
We also ask GE for suggestions on how to properly clean top-loading washers. They suggested that we use special Tide wipes to clean washers once a month and that we consult the washer's user manual for additional cleaning and maintenance instructions.
What not to do: It is better to avoid the use of aggressive cleaning products, especially those containing amonaco. You should also avoid anything that is too strong, such as abrasive cleaners or scourers. Those who prefer something soft and natural can use vinegar, although this sometimes creates odor problems, so I go out in moderation.
How to clean a front-loading / HE washer
Step 1: Leave the door ajar after taking your clothes off with a front-loading washing machine as well, and let it dry completely when you're not using it. This helps prevent mold and fungus from proliferating.
Step 2: Clean the washer door with a damp cloth. You can use a small amount of vinegar or very diluted bedding (we are talking about a part of bed with ten parts of water) to help eliminate accumulated dirt.
Step 3: Clean the door rubber. Gently pull it back between the door opening and the drum, and check for foreign objects; Remove anything you find. After that, check for stains or dirt accumulation. Keep in mind that many of the tires have inner and outer layers. Clean and inspect both, as hair, dirt and objects can get stuck in many places.
You can clean the accumulation of dirt using washing machine cleaning wipes or a solution made of chlorine and water (from a cup of chlorine mixed with a gallon of water). Be sure to remove any remnants with a damp cloth. Finally, let the washer dry completely outdoors with the door open for at least an hour or two.
Step 4: Clean and disinfect the detergent tray. Remove the tray (if applicable) and immerse it in hot water and neutral soap for about 20 minutes.
Step 5: Clean the inside of the washing machine. For example, most high-efficiency (HE) washers have a "clean cycle" or a "clean cycle with Affresh." To run a self-cleaning cycle, add a cup of away to the detergent dispenser and run it without any load inside. To clean with Affresh, add an Affresh cleaning tablet directly into the washer drum and run a washing machine cleaning wash or a normal cycle with hot water. If you don't like Affresh, don't worry: there are many other washing machine cleaning options, including Tide washing machine cleaning detergent.
Maintenance Tips: It is better to use HE detergent when you have a HE washing machine and avoid using too much detergent, as this can cause excessive accumulation. Finally, periodically use warm and hot water washes (but not all the time), since warmer water can help control the accumulation of dirt and detergent, as recommended by Maytag. Remember, even a simple cleaning after each load can help keep your clothes clean.
What not to do: Some owners of HE washing machines only run a clean cycle and neglect the other steps. You should try to clean your HE washer every 30 wash cycles, and follow all the steps to make sure you are not allowing dirt and dust to accumulate in other parts of your machine. It is easy to clean your machine with wet wipes, and keep your clothes clean and your machine working better.
How to clean a self-cleaning or smart washing machine
Step 1: Clean the control panel with a damp cloth.
Step 2: Does your washer's water hose have a filter? If so, remember to clean it once or twice a year. To do this, immerse the filter in water until it is clean (make sure the thread connector is also submerged). Then let the filter dry completely in a shaded area.
Step 3: Clean the dispensers. Rinse the parts in warm water to remove detergent residue and other accumulated laundry products. Then clean the hole with a toothbrush to remove debris. Finally, clean the interior with a damp cloth to remove larger deposits.
Step 4: Now, run the self-cleaning cycle. Some self-cleaning cycles, such as Samsung washing machines, include a light that comes on when the washer detects that it should be cleaned. You can usually activate the self-cleaning cycle whenever you want. Be sure to read the instruction manual carefully to find out exactly how you are supposed to use this cleaning mode. Self-cleaning cycles are usually designed to work without a cleaning agent, so do not add anything to the washer before starting.
Maintenance Tips: Clean the exterior of stainless steel machines with a cleaner for stainless steel, vinegar or Windex. You can also use some alcohol to dissolve oily fingerprints, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Also, if you have a shiny metallic finish on the outside door of your washer, you can clean that surface with a small amount of Cerama Bryte and a clean, damp and non-abrasive cloth, according to Samsung's recommendation.
What not to do: Do not use strong or abrasive cleaning products when cleaning the control panel, and avoid using cleaning agents with a bleach on stainless steel surfaces. Also, do not run self-cleaning cycles while you have clothes in the washing machine.