Tips on Keeping Your Washer Clean

The scent of freshly washed clothing is even rosier when your washer is easy to keep clean and odor-free. With the self-cleaning cycles on premium washers and simple touch-ups, you needn't worry about wear and tear leaving grime on your clothes. Strategies to keep the washer's interior and exterior spotless ensure your clothes smell fresh and clean with every cycle.

Weekly Wipe Down

With soccer jerseys, wet towels and your favorite pair of jeans overflowing the laundry basket, a few soiled spots may transfer to the exterior of your washer. Keep it clean by wiping down the lid, sides and top with a microfiber cloth and a mixture of water and mild dishwashing liquid. Use a damp paper towel or a cotton swab to remove debris from the cracks of the lid and crevices on top-load washers.

Deep Cleaning

Cleaning the interior of your washer is simplified by a washer that features a self-cleaning cycle. The self-cleaning mode on some models eliminates the need to scrub the interior of your washer. Simply set the self-cleaning cycle and go on with your day.

Compartment Cleaning

The compartments within your washer may also need a touch up once a month to keep your clothes bright and clean. If you can remove fabric softener dispensers, soak the compartments in warm water for approximately 10 minutes to remove build up. If you cannot remove them from the washer, spray the compartment with an all-natural cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe down with a paper towel.

Hair Removal

Your feline friends and furry pets may give you lots of love, but they leave behind hair in every crevice of your home. To remove pet hair from the interior of your machine, wait for the washer to air-dry by leaving the lid up on a top-load washer. When the drum and exterior of the machine are dry, vacuum the pet hair with the hose of your vacuum.

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