Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

Who washes the washing machine? Well it’s yours so it has to be you, and it needs to be kept in optimal condition for it to work efficiently and last long. Here are some tips:

  • Front-loading washers are prone to odors caused by mildew and detergent build-up. There are commercial cleaners that can be used. Or, some manufacturers recommend cleaning the washer each month by running a regular cycle with one cup of chlorine bleach to help reduce the risk of mold buildup. Check your owner’s manual for their recommendations.
  • Top loading washer should also be cleaned regularly by running a cycle with hot water and one cup of distilled white vinegar. This will remove any residual detergent build-up and freshen the machine.
  • For both types of washers, leaving the door open until the washer is completely dry will help prevent odors and mildew growth. The washer should be dry within two to three hours.
  • If your washer has automatic dispensers for detergent, bleach, fabric softener or other products, they should be cleaned monthly. Product build-up can prevent even distribution and can even stain clothes if too much product is deposited on the fabrics.

Leveling

Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it’s not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level (with all four legs touching the floor) it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This isn’t good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Your washing machine usually has adjustable, front leveling legs with a lock nut. You adjust the leg to the proper height, then tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine to keep the leg from rotating.

Some machines have adjustable leveling legs in the rear also, and you can adjust them in the same way. Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible, the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate.

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