Nothing beats the smell of clean and fresh clothes. But, the first step to keeping your clothes clean and stink-free is to regularly clean and maintain your washer. We’ll teach you how!
Washers are one of the home staples that cost a lot of dough. That’s why you have to make sure they stay in tip-top shape to produce only the cleanest and freshest laundry – curtains, beddings, and most especially, clothes. Clean and fresh clothes aren’t only pleasant to the smell and sight, they also help boost confidence. To do that, you have to start with your washer.
To help you extend the life of your washer and produce cleaner clothes every time you do your laundry, here are cleaning tips you must practice and do’s and don’ts you must know about:
#1 Fill your washing machine with water first.
Not filling your washer with water first every time you do your laundry is one common mistake you unknowingly do. In doing your laundry, start filling your washer with water first, your HE detergent second, and your clothes right after.
But, make sure to allow your detergent to dissolve in water first before you add in your clothes.
Filling your washer first with water before the laundry work can result to better rinsed and squeaky clean clothes.
#2 Use only high-efficiency (HE) detergents.
To avoid damaging your washing machine, make sure to always use only high-efficiency (HE) detergents. Regular detergents produce a lot of suds that build up and lead to a breeding ground for molds.
These suds can damage your washer mechanically or electronically. They can hamper the tumbling action that cleans your laundry and cause your washer’s pump to overheat.
On the opposite, HE detergents don’t produce suds and even require less water. To extend your washer’s life, use only HE detergents.
#3 Check your laundry for hooks, coins, etc.
Before putting your laundry in the washer, always check for items such as: brassieres with underwire, pulled down zipper tabs, coins in pockets, and any metal. These types of objects can do great damage to your washer’s drum and glass door. Make sure to keep them away before tossing your laundry in the washer.
For bras, you can either hand wash it or put into mesh bags. Regarding clothes with zippers, make sure to pull the zippers all the way up before tossing into the washer. As for coins and other metal objects, remove them before tossing your laundry into your washer.
#4 Never overstuff your washer with laundry.
Check your user manual and see how much is your washer’s recommended load capacity to avoid overstuffing your washer with dirty laundry.
Overstuffing your washer with dirty laundry that’s over its maximum load capacity can shorten its life. Doing this can cause wear in your washer’s suspension and bearings heavily.
Also, take note that there are items that weigh more than the others such as denim, wool sweaters, and the like.
#5 Make use of the washer’s built-in settings.
Washer settings are built and put in your washer for a reason. Refrain from using the same settings and cycles for different types of loads. It may be safe to use the regular setting for most of your loads, but it’s recommended to explore the other settings as well.
Not all laundry requires the same washing needs. Some need extra rinses, different temperature, etc. This is why specific settings are designed for different kinds of loads.
Explore the other settings indicated in your washer and see results.
#6 Limit or forego your use of fabric softeners.
Because most high-efficiency washers require less water to perform, they also need fewer products such as detergents, etc. Regarding fabric softeners, it’s recommended to limit or forego their use.
In a whole load of laundry, one teaspoon of liquid fabric conditioner can already suffice. The same goes for bleach. But, if it’s really needed, one tablespoon of concentrated bleach or two tablespoons regular will do for a while load.
Know that the use of wrong laundry products can void your warranty.
#7 Remove damp clothes promptly after wash.
Remove loads immediately after they’re done washing. Do not let them sit in your washer. Damp clothes and laundry can encourage musty and stinky smells, plus mold and mildew – not only in your washer, but also in your clothes.
Do not let your washer become a breeding ground for these eeky smells and organisms.
Every time you finish a load, take your wet laundry out of your washing machine immediately, then dry.
#8 Wipe clean your washer door’s rubber seal.
Moisture helps mold spores to grow and colonize. Highly humid areas become a breeding ground for extreme mold growth. To keep molds from growing in your washer, you also have to consider cleaning the rubber seal in your washer’s door.
The washer’s rubber gasket traps odor, suds, and bits of fabric. Spray it with a half water-half vinegar solution then wipe with a damp cloth. For hard to reach areas, use Q-tips.
You can use this solution to wipe clean your washer’s drum as well.
#9 Clean your washer with vinegar monthly.
To maintain the cleanliness and freshness of your washer, practice a monthly cleaning session. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this. Household staple items like vinegar and baking soda can do the trick. Just pour in some white vinegar to the dispenser, then add a cup of baking soda into the washer’s drum.
Set the washer to its highest level and hottest water setting. Run a complete cycle. If there are any residue left, just repeat the process.
Once your washer has drained, wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth.
#10 When not in use, leave your washer door ajar.
After doing your laundry or when your washer’s not in use, leave its door slightly ajar. By doing this, air circulation inside your washer will improve and prevent the buildup of stinky smell, mold, and mildew.
Let fresh air circulate in and through your washer. When your washer is fresh and clean, your clothes, beddings, and other laundry can be fresh and squeaky clean as well.
Leaving your washer’s door or lid slightly open every after use can also extend the cleanliness and freshness of your washer.
Your washing machine plays a vital role in maintaining the cleanliness of your household – esp. your wardrobe. Extend the life of your washer and produce cleaner and fresher laundry by following the tips listed above. Happy washing!
Floralyn Teodoro is a writer of all sorts who works for King's Great Buys Plus and other websites. When she's not writing, she's probably travelling or reading books and poetry.