How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Laundry just sounds like an endless story, am I right?

Using the washing machine every day (or twice a day!) for a long time can leave some smell, bacteria, or dirt inside the washing machine. It can make doing laundry feel more daunting and it can also affect your clothes cleanliness.

That’s why cleaning your washing machine once in a while is important to improve the hygiene.

It’s not difficult at all. And you can do it using cheap ingredients!

Why Cleaning the Washing Machine?

Just like dish-washing machine, the washing machine needs to be clean too.

You put dirty clothes inside the washing machine probably every day, twice a day, or more. That’s a great job to keep your clothes clean. But don’t forget that those dirty clothes might leave some smell, bacteria, or dirt inside the washing machine. Over time, if you don’t fix that problem soon, those un-hygienic things can make your washing machine smell bad and probably contain a lot of bacteria.

Don’t let the built-up dirt and bacteria in the washing machine ruin your hard work. Therefore, you need to peform washing machine cleaning once in a while.

How to Clean Washing Machine

You can clean your washing machine using cheap ingredients and it should only take a few minutes of your time.

Prepare these supplies:

  • 2 cups of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • microfiber wipe or a clean sponge

Perform these steps:

Step 1

Put 1/2 cup of baking soda into the detergent slot of the washing machine.

Step 2

Open the washer door and carefully pour 2 cups of white vinegar inside the washing machine drum.

Step 3

Turn on the washer and let it run on a normal cycle (use HOT TEMPERATURE).

And you can leave it until it’s done.

Step 4

When the cycle is done, you might need to perform an additional cycle to improve the cleanliness. This time, you can use 1 of the lemon to make it smell fresh.

So, you have 2 fresh lemons, am I right?

Slice them both and use the 1 1/2 in this process so only half of the lemon left.

Squeeze the 1 1/2 of the lemon to get the juice. Then pour the lemon juice inside the washer drum. DO NOT LET THE LEMON SEEDS COME INTO THE WASHER. You can attempt some of these options:

  • Before squeezing it, remove all the seeds
  • Squeeze the lemon with the sliced surface facing upward so the seeds won’t fall
  • Use a squeezer
  • Use a filter

Step 5

Add the remaining baking soda (1/2 cup) to the detergent drawer/slot.

Step 6

Turn on the machine and let it run once again with HOT temperature to help sanitize your washer.

Step 7

Wipe the inside of the washer using a microfiber cloth or a dry sponge.

Step 8

Use the remaining lemon and use it to rub the exterior of your washer (the outside wall and the outside door). After that, wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth or a sponge.

That’s it!

Isn’t it so easy and cheap?!

Happy cleaning!

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