In order to keep your machines free of mold and mildew and operating at maximum capacity and your clothes smelling great, you need to learn how to clean your washer and dryer. The good news is that this is a simple process that does not require a lot of time or money. If you take the following steps, you'll be able to extend the lifespan of your laundry machines as well as the vibrancy of your clothing.
- Inside. When you learn how to clean your washer and dryer, you must consider both the insides and outsides of the machines. If there is any residue inside the washer, scrub it away with a wet cloth. Run a warm washer cycle with a cup of white vinegar or bleach to clean out any dirt and break up the mineral deposits. After you've run this warm cycle, run a water-only cycle with cold or warm water. Once you have run these empty loads, don't forget to let the machine air out just like you would after any regular load of laundry.
- Outside. Over time a washer can build up grime in the rim and corners of the loading area. Mix a solution of half water and half vinegar and use a rag or sponge to clean these spots. Don't forget to wipe down the outside of the washer on a regular basis. A few times each year, use a vacuum to clear out the dust bunnies from under the machine.
- Lint. Before you run a dryer load, use your hand to clean out the lint trap. Once every month or two, rinse the filter with warm water and a soft brush.
- Inside. Mix a detergent and water solution and use a cloth to apply it to the inside of the dryer.
- Outside. Wipe down the door, sides, and rubber tubing on a regular basis. When dirt or dust builds up underneath or around the dryer, clear it out with a damp rag or vacuum.
- Exhaust. Locate the dryer exhaust on the outside of the house and ensure that it’s clear of debris. Hot air should be able to flow out of the flap vent without any issues. Check the hose that connects the dryer to the outside as well. Straighten out any kinks to prevent lint and dirt from building up over time. Keeping the dryer exhaust and dirt-free not only ensures cleaner laundry but also reduces the risk of a fire.