Five Steps to Spring Cleaning the Washing Machine for Fresher Smelling Clothes
It must be spring when everyone starts to open their windows and flowers begin to bloom. But with spring, comes the cleaning. People begin to pack away winter clothing to make room for cooler attire and the house gets a lemon scented rub down. But the one room most people neglect during spring-cleaning is, the laundry room.
The washing machine takes a real beating with the multiple loads of clothing it deals with each week. Fuzz, dirt and hair get stuck in small spaces and the outside of the washer collects dust and slimy green soap scum from detergent. People count on their washer and dryer to take care of their clothes – now it’s time to give them a little TLC. Clean, well-maintained appliances make for cleaner clothes. Below are five steps that will help boost appliances’ health so they get laundry cleaner and fresher smelling every time.
Give your washer the rub.
Soak a cleaning cloth in liquid dish soap and water, and wipe the washer’s drum to remove any residue or sticky who-knows-what. If you have a front-loader, clean the rubber door gasket. Its nooks and crannies can trap moisture and mold.
Tidy the surface.
Revive your machine’s surface luster with a dryer sheet – tiny particles such as dust, lint, and pet hair will cling to it. They’re not just great at fighting static in the dryer.
Schedule a deep-cleaning cycle.
The inner workings of the washer can get sluggish. You can run a cup of white vinegar or bleach through an empty cycle (use the hottest setting), or purchase a product specifically designed to zap residue and odors from washing machines. Consult your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.
No matter how diligent you are with the lint trap, the fuzzy stuff still works its way inside the vent, where it collects and makes the dryer less efficient. (build creates a fire hazard, too.) A dryer duct cleaner has a long, skinny brush that’s perfect for the task. Stick it in, twirl it around and you’re done! For safety, unplug the unit first.
New season, new laundry supplies! As you stock up on detergent, fabric condition, and scent boosters, remember this: There’s clean – and there’s clean smelling. So toss your old Downy Ball and get a new one for soft static free clothes, time and time again.
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