Cleaning 101: Washing Machine Care

The washing machine is one of the important appliances that a home must-have. It is my partner in taking care of the family clothes and linens all year round.  It helps clothes washing easier in less time  saving me time to finish my other daily house chores. It is just right to give the washer a good occasional cleaning to maintain its good running condition.

 A clean and well maintained washing machine will churn out clean clothes.  Here’s how to keep a washing machine in top form:

Using a microfiber cloth and warm soapy water, wipe down the exterior of your washing machine and dryer to get rid of dirt, spills from detergent or fabric softeners and dust then rinse it with water using the cleaning cloth. I do this twice a week after my laundry session.

Place the washing machine under the roofed portion of your laundry area to keep it out of the sun’s rays as it may cause the plastic body and interior become brittle in the long run.

Wash the filter or dirt trap of the washer after use to remove the collected dirt and other captured hard objects which fallen out of pockets then put it back. It is recommended to empty the filter regularly.

After cleaning, let it air dry before putting back its cover.

Cleaning the washing machine every after use will avoid odor and prevent the bacteria to accumulate caused by detergent, fabric softener or water residues.

When your washing machine is running keep an ear out for strange or unusual noises.  Sometimes, we tend to forget to inspect pockets and coins fall out.  Immediately stop the cycle and take the coin out.

Remember not to overload your washer, put only enough recommended weight of clothes it can load up in order to give the best washing result. Using it properly will also prolong its service.

Read the care and label of a newly bought washing machine and keep the warranty card if in case there will be factory defects after a month’s usage.


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