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Make your washer clean itself!

It sounds funny that you have clean a machine designed for cleaning, but the washer does need some love. Detergent and grime build up on the drum over time.
Luckily, it's pretty easy to clean. Dump a couple cups of vinegar with a little bit of lemon juice (for smell) into the washing machine and set to the hottest cycle. While the washer is running, wipe down the exterior with a mixture of vinegar and water.
After the cycle is completed, clean the detergent, bleach, and fabric softener dispensers with the same mixture.

To see more: http://blog.homespothq.com/2013/03/how-to-clean-the-washing-machine/

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Mar 19, 2013

    Awesome tip! That does sound funny, but it sure caught my attention!

  • Patricia Wolff
    Patricia Wolff Altamont, IL
    on Mar 20, 2013

    Great tip.....I'm going to use this.

  • Debbi C
    Debbi C Prattville, AL
    on Mar 20, 2013

    My new top loader has a "clean washer" cycle. You just put in a cup of bleach and press a button and it goes through a cycle to clean all the inside of the washer. You can tell the difference, too. You do it once a month,. It's a Maytag

  • HomeSpot HQ
    HomeSpot HQ Durham, NC
    on Mar 20, 2013

    @Debbi, that is brilliant! Very smart of Maytag to simply build this trick into their washer. Is it a newer model?

  • Kim Truehart
    Kim Truehart Orange, MA
    on Mar 20, 2013

    just did this the other day,i have an LG front loader & was getting mold & mildew on the rubber gasket seal on the edge of the drum,between the drum & the door(where the glass in the door sets when the door is cloised)as the glass is sort of indented & sticks back into the area where the laundry is. I tried the Tide washing machine cleaner but it didn't take the mold/mildew away, i use oxyclean in every load of wash,unless i use clorox bleach and hot water (do not combine the two or you could create toxic fumes that could kill you) in certain loads of white laundry.

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