Tips: Cleaning your washing machine (top loader)

Time to fix: 30 - 45 minutes

Your washing machine may develop a thin layer that traps germs from the soap residue, minerals, and chemicals from the detergent that has become trapped inside. Your water won't become as hot, or the detergent won't be as effective if these germs clog the internal flow. Furthermore, a washing machine is by design to be a hot and humid climate inside. Bacteria may be able to flourish and multiply in this environment.

Why do you need to fix it?

  1. A clean and fresh washing machine protects your clothes and family.
  2. Extend the lifespan of the washing machine.
  3. Avoid the unnecessary spread of germs.

So how to do it? A process for a top loader.

  1. For the largest load, set your washer to the hottest setting. You'll be using the water without any detergent or clothing.
  2. You should add three glasses of white vinegar to the basin. Start the machine and let the water fill up. The water and vinegar will mix as it fills.
  3. Let the machine agitate for at least two minutes after it is filled. Then turn the device off.
  4. Add 1/2 cup baking soda, then spin the machine for at least one or two minutes. Then stop the washer.
  5. Do not run the washer while the mixture of water, white vinegar, and baking soda sit in the basin for about 1 to 2 hours.
  6. After 1 to 2 hours, start the washing machine once more. Once the cycle completes, drain the water.
  7. When the first cycle is finished, use a sponge to clean the basin's top. It's essential to pay additional attention to the scum ring beneath the rim since the water doesn't fill it all the way up. Use a water-and-white vinegar solution to clean it off.
  8. Set the hot water to run another cycle. You shouldn't add vinegar and baking soda. This thorough rinsing will eliminate any bacteria freed up in the previous cycle.
  9. Use a clean cloth to clean the inside of the drum.

Your washing machine should have a smooth inside and a fresh smell.