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How to Clean a Washing Machine

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Like any other appliance or equipment which is regularly used, a washing machine also requires periodical cleaning to remove all the dirt and grime accumulated in it. It is a prerequisite for the efficient functioning of the machine and also for its durability. But many of the users are not aware of the importance of the internal cleaning. Internal cleanliness of a washing machine is very important. The clothes washed in an untidy machine will cause health problems to the users. Impurities in the water and the chemicals present in the detergents create thick deposits in the interior portions of the machine. In the long run they will make adverse impacts on the texture of the clothes. Regular and systematic cleaning will help to sustain, if not improve the efficiency of the washing machine.

The easiest way to clean a washing machine is to allow hot water mixed with a bleaching substance to flow through the system. Allow the mix to circulate in the machine for about thirty minutes. This can be done at least once in a month. All the dirt and grime will be removed by this process. Another method is to use white vinegar with water to clean stubborn deposits. Some washing machines are provided with filter, which should be taken out to clean. Suspended impurities in the water will be collected in the filter and block the free flow of water. The white vinegar is a good antidote against soap residues or grimes.

Soap with sponge or mild scrub can be used for cleaning interiors. If thick crust is formed in the interior parts, lemon juice is an effective cleaner. If the fabric softener is in a very bad condition, it should be cleaned with hot water and detergent. The bleach dispenser and wash tubs are also to be cleaned thoroughly. There are other areas and parts deep inside the machine which are not easily visible and there is possibility of omitting them during the cleaning or servicing. As such special attention should be taken to locate and clean areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate.

A very common problem is the bad odour emitting from the machine if it is not cleaned periodically. If the bad odour persists even after cleaning, use perfumed detergent for washing. But care should be taken not to use synthetic laundry detergents. A phosphate free detergent is ideal for washing machines.

After thoroughly cleaning the machine interiors, the exterior can be wiped with a soft clothe dipped in vinegar. If necessary, polish the surfaces to regain its glow. During the process of cleaning the interior parts of the machine, it is better to check the hoses. There are chances of leaks developing in the hoses in the course of time. If necessary, replace the hoses. Cleaning washing machines is a time consuming process. It is a sensible proposition that the preventive maintenance can also be done during this time. While dismantling some parts for cleaning, minor defects may be noticed. Such defects even though minor in nature may develop and cause breakdowns, if left unattended. The user can contact the manufacturer to avail the services of their authorized mechanics.