Washing machines rarely get noticed until you’re ankle deep in water from a burst-pipe and trying to salvage a rancid load of laundry. A quick inspection of your washing machine twice a year can not only prevent significant water damage (which is costly), but it can also salvage your best pair of slacks!
If you haven’t already, replace the rubber hoses that likely came with your washing machine with new, steel braided hoses. They cost a bit more but last a lot longer and won’t split open. This simple, inexpensive task will help you reduce the likelihood of a water catastrophe.
Inspect the hoses and the hose connections for leaks to ensure they are in good condition and tightly fastened.
Clean out the dispenser using warm soapy water. The dispenser may not be dishwasher safe.
If your washer has a “clean washer cycle,” or similar, (check your owner’s manual), run a cycle. If not, run an empty bleach load. When it’s done, leave your washing machine door open so that it can dry (be careful if you have small children or pets that can crawl inside). It will leave your washer as fresh and clean as your clothes.