One might assume that appliances such as washing machines would not require additional cleaning. After all, the name “washing machine” seems to imply that it should be able to wash itself in addition to laundry. Like any other household appliance, washing machines also require cleaning. “But how can I tell if my washing machine needs cleaning, and what can I do to keep it clean?” are probably your next questions. Let’s take a look at the four secrets behind successfully maintaining a clean washing machine.
1. Check the Filter
Just like its counterpart, the dryer, the washing machine also comes with a filter. The location of the filter will depend on the type of washing machine you own, so be sure to quickly research the specific washing machine model in your home. The washing machine filter captures lint, hair, and other grime from laundry loads, so it is especially important to keep your filter clean. Once you locate the filter, remove it (if you are able to) and soak it in hot water. Brush out anything caught in the filter until it looks as clean as it was when first purchased.
2. Listen for Unusually Loud Noises
If your washing machine is producing noises that are unusually loud, especially if it’s on a lower wash mode, it can be a sign that the drain pipe is overdue for a cleaning. Before calling a plumber, try using a drain cleaner or a snake drain to clean out the pipe. If the noises still continue or get worse, call a plumber for assistance. After the plumber fixes and cleans your drain pipe, make a plan for regular drain pipe maintenance so you only have to worry about strange noises if you have an uneven load in need of fixing.
3. Check For Odors
Take some time to smell around the laundry room and the inside of the washing machine. If there are any unusual odors, it is a good indicator that it needs cleaning. The potency of any foul odors coming from your washing machine is indicative of the extent to which it needs cleaning. The smell is attributable to anything from a backed-up filter to mold and mildew growth.
4. Run a Cycle With Vinegar and or Baking Soda
Baking soda contains properties that make it a nice, inexpensive cleaning agent for the inside of your washing machine. Baking soda can be made into a cleaning paste to apply manually, or it can be added to a hot water washing cycle. Vinegar can be used in combination with baking soda for more effective cleaning, just make sure to add the vinegar first, then wait for a minute before adding the baking soda. You can save money on pricey cleaner brands by making use of what’s in your pantry to maintain a clean washing machine.
Some Additional Considerations
While these four secrets of a clean washing machine are bound to make a difference in your laundry and appliance maintenance routines, it is important to consider the physical structure of your washing machine. Whether you have a top load or front load washer is worth taking into account whether you should do a manual cleaning or run a cycle to clean the inside of your washing machine. You should also use the process of elimination when diagnosing a problem with your washing machine. For example, noises can be attributed to something as simple as an uneven washing load so check for that first before immediately concluding it’s a drain pipe issue. If you have more questions about how to tell if your washing machine needs cleaning or if you need support with washing machine maintenance, contact us today, and we will give you all the help you need.