Washing machines like any other appliances need periodical cleaning for the durability and efficiency of the washer. Washers, after regular and prolonged use, accumulates dirt and grime which causes health problems to the user. Sediments in the water and detergent together form thick layers of lime accumulation which will damage clothes eventually.
Cleaning of the exterior and interior of a washer is very important for the efficiency and longevity of the appliance. Hot water mixed with bleaching powder if allowed to flow through the system for thirty minutes remove dirt and grime collection efficiently. Another method you can use is vinegar and water treatment, which effectively loosens firm deposits. If your washer has a filter, take it out and clean the collected impurities which restrict the free flow of water. The white vinegar is a good remedy against soap deposits or grimes.
Soap can be used with a soft sponge or gentle scrub to clean the interior of the device. Lemon juice is an ideal remedy for thick crust collections. Hot water and detergent can be used to clean fabric softener. You should not omit to clean the bleach dispenser and washtub. Hidden areas and difficult to clean areas of the washer should be ensured proper cleaning. They tend to accumulate dirt and grime.
Bad odor results from improper cleaning of the device. You can use perfumed detergent for washing clothes. However, do not use synthetic laundry detergents for washing clothes. A phosphate-free detergent is perfect for washing machines.
When you are sure the interior is properly cleaned you can shift your attention to the exterior of the machine. A soft cloth dipped in vinegar can be used to clean the exterior of the appliance. The exterior can be polished to get back its fresh look. While you clean the interior ensure the hoses are in good condition.
Since cleaning the washing machine is a time taking activity, it is a good idea to get the maintenance work done at the same time by utilizing the service of authorized mechanics.