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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/

Got a question about this project?

  • Joan Gondeck
    Joan Gondeck Austin, TX
    on Sep 13, 2013

    Connie, you are absolutely right about less being more. BTW-I love my Maytag front loader. I don't know how long it will last but nothing has ever gotten my clothes cleaner. I was also told about using the right amount of HE detergent. The repair service man told me not to use Kirkland (Costco). I only use Tide HE which is also the most expensive. My washer was not broken, as I thought, but my instruction book didn't say I couldn't wash heavy throw rugs with rubber backing. The machine tries three times to go into rinse, then shuts down. I reread the book and couldn't find that anywhere. I will take all my throw rugs to the Laundromat in the future. It isn't worth breaking this high priced machine.

  • Cindy Kuster
    Cindy Kuster Grand Forks, ND
    on Sep 15, 2013

    I have started running my top load HE washer on bulky to assure I get the most water possible. Not sure if it helps keep washer clean but it does get the clothes wetter.

  • Betty Dickson
    Betty Dickson Klamath Falls, OR
    on Sep 27, 2013

    If you use dryer sheets, make sure you wash your lint screen. The dryer sheets build up on the screens. Go ahead, try running water in yours. If it doesnt go through, neither is the lint! This could cause a build up of lint in the area in front of your screen. Use an old tooth brush/scrub brush and some dishwashing soap on the lint screen. Of course rinse it off. Dont have to dry it, just put it back in the dryer.

  • Donna Hallowell
    Donna Hallowell Keene, NH
    on Nov 18, 2013

    this works awesome, every house person has to try it.

  • Kiki Cilia Krzywicki
    Kiki Cilia Krzywicki Toms River, NJ
    on Jan 4, 2014

    Front loaders clean by centrifugal force and that's why it doesn't use a lot of water. The water is forced through the clothes.You need to leave the door open enough for the glass to leave a slight opening so mildew won't form. I just swipe it( the glass & the rubber ring ) with a paper towel that has a little bleach or vinegar . Most front end loaders have a clean cycle . I put some vinegar in all the dispensers and put it on clean cycle. My machine has a steel drum so there is no real build up, but the vinegar freshens up dispensers by cleaning away the residue from the detergent.

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