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How to Clean Washing Machine at Home

Here is how to clean washing machine at home using some DIY ideas that you can prepare in a few minutes. 

As you know over time, dirt, soap, detergent, and bacteria can build up inside the machine. They produce unpleasant odors and affect the efficiency of your washing machine. 

Here, I will guide you through a step-by-step process to help you clean your washing machine to make it fresh and efficient again. 

How to Clean Washing Machine

But before you understand how to clean the washing machine, gather the necessary supplies and tools. Like the following:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloth
  • A sponge
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Luke warm water
  • Normal detergent
  • Rubber gloves

Now you are ready to clean your washing machine. Follow the below steps.

Also read: How to remove hair dye from the sink.

1. First, Clean the Exterior of the Machine

Clean the Exterior of the Machine

First, wipe the exterior of your washing machine with a soft microfiber cloth or sponge. Use water if needed.

Look for areas where dirt may have been stored, like around the door or the control panel. 

Use a little detergent with water and scrub gently with a toothbrush or sponge if there are stubborn stains on the machine’s exterior.

2. Clean the Dispenser Drawer

Clean the Dispenser Drawer

Now remove the dispenser drawer by pressing a release button or simply pulling it out and cleaning it. The process may vary depending on the model of your machine.

Then rinse the drawer under lukewarm water to remove any detergent remanings. If there are any noticeable stains, soak the drawer with detergent for a few minutes and then start scrubbing.

3. Clean the Interior Drum

Clean the Interior Drum

To clean the interior drum, mix hot water with white vinegar to clean it off. Do not use any detergent in there as it may not be beneficial for the drum cleaning.

The vinegar is a natural cleaning chemical that can help remove soap scum and eliminates odors inside the machine. Then clean it with fresh water or let the machine do a circle.

4. Scrub Away All the Remaining Dirt

Scrub Away All the Remaining Dirt

If you notice dirt, mold, or mildew in your washing machine, mix white vinegar and hot water and spray the affected areas. It will reach the parts that those scrubs can not reach.

Let the spray soak for a few minutes, then scrub away the dirt using a toothbrush. Then wipe them down the area with a clean cloth.

5. Clean the Filter of Your Washing Machine

Clean the Filter of Your Washing Machine

Most washing machines have a filter that traps debris and dirt in there, like lint, coins, cash, and other debris. 

Locate the filter and remove it by rotating it. Rinse the filter under running water or use a bit of warm water to remove any trapped debris. But do it carefully and do not damage it.

6. Wipe the Door Rubber Seal

Wipe the Door Rubber Seal

It is a common DIY work. Just wipe down the rubber seal of the door of your washing machine. But do it properly so that not a single sect of dirt remains there.

Then dry the seal with a clean cloth to prevent moisture buildup in the future. Do it occasionally so that your door remains clean and efficient.

7. Do a Regular Maintenance

Do a Regular Maintaintanace

To prevent future damage and clogs in the washing machine, do a little maintenance occasionally. For example, 

  • Empty the pockets before loading new clothes in there.
  • Use the recommended amount of detergent or soap liquid.
  • Leave the door open after each use to allow air circulation to remove odor.
  • Performing monthly or quarterly cleaning.

Depending on your usage, do the maintenance as stated above. Your washing machine will last long and will remain efficient for years.

Last Words

So this is how to clean the washing machine at home. Now what you are waiting for? It’s time to put your knowledge into action and clean the machine.

Again, do regular maintenance and a little extra care. So that your washing machine continues to perform its best. Take care.

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Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.