How To Clean Your Washing Machine Inside and Out in Your New York Home

How To Clean Your Washing Machine Inside and Out in Your New York HomeHow To Clean Your Washing Machine Inside and Out in Your New York Home

A clean washing machine is more efficient, and it smells better when you are doing the laundry. Because they wash clothes, you would assume these machines are also washing themselves, so it may surprise you to realize how filthy these machines can become. Yet cleaning them is surprisingly easy. Here are a few tips to help you clean the system and keep it running smoothly.

Wipe it Down

Treat the exterior of your machine by wiping it down with some all-purpose cleaner. This will remove the lint, grease and general dirt that manages to collect on the side. Flip the lid up and wipe down the underside of the lid. While the lid is angled, use a cotton swab to clean along the crevice behind the lid. If the enamel on your machine is stained, you can use a paste of hot water and baking soda to scrub stains away. Use the soft side of the sponge to scrub the enamel, and then dry it with a clean rag to polish the surface.

Dry the Gasket

Front-loading machines use less water, but they are also prone to a mildew smell. The best way to prevent this odor is to let the machine dry out once in a while. At night, when the machine is not in use, leave the door open. This preventive measure should stop that odor. If it still creeps in, then you should clean the gasket with a little all-purpose cleaner and a damp rag. Dry it afterwards to ensure that the smell is eliminated.

Vinegar and Hot Water

Clean the tub with vinegar and hot water. Fill the tub with hot water, add two cups of vinegar and let the machine run through a cycle. If you don’t want to use a full tub of water to clean it, then you can use all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the basket and spindle. However, you should still run at least a mini-load to clean the area under the spindle and send the cleansing vinegar through the drain lines.


The bleach and fabric softener dispensers can become filled with dried cleaners. These should be scrubbed in the sink and allowed to air dry. Take the time to look at the housing unit for these dispensers. Use the damp rag and all-purpose cleaner to scrub these areas. Allow them to dry completely before putting the dispensers back into position. Avoid the buildup of fabric softener residue and keep your machine clean by using vinegar as a fabric softener. It’s effective at breaking down hard water residue, but it won’t leave any additional fragrances on your clothes.

Safety Inspection

While you are cleaning the machine, take a few minutes to do a safety inspection on the hoses. Glance behind the machine to ensure that they are still properly attached. Check the area where they connect to the wall or drain lines to ensure that they are in position and held in place. If you love having a fresh laundry room, but don’t have time to clean the machines, then consider hiring a cleaning service. 1st Class Cleaning offers customized cleaning plans, so you can have your laundry cleaned and wiped down when your kitchen is scrubbed and your home is dusted.

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