A dirty washing machine is problematic because your clothes won’t get cleaned, and they may even become damaged or ruined! By setting fifteen minutes aside during your spring cleaning routine, you can make sure your washing machine is operating at its best. Note: This is especially important if your machine is over ten years old!
Look for rough spots. Grab a flashlight and wrap some old pantyhose around your hand. Carefully run your hand along your washer drum (where you load your clothes) to check for any rough areas. If your pantyhose snags, you’ve found a problem! To fix this, simply smooth out the rough spot with sandpaper.
Check for rust stains. Use a flashlight to inspect your washer drum. Look for areas that may have exposed metal (these areas are prone to corrosion). If the rust is visible inside of the machine, dump two cups of lemon juice into your washer and run a cycle on the hottest setting. If this doesn’t get rid of the problem, it may be time to purchase a new washer!
Clean your detergent dispenser. This will prevent your clothes from getting stained with greasy detergent blotches. Heat two cups of white vinegar in the microwave and pour it into the dispenser. Let it sit for about ten minutes and then run your machine on the heaviest, hottest cycle. Bonus: The vinegar and hot water will disinfect your washer drum at the same time!