For a contemporary housewife, the washing machine is not a luxury but a necessity. It’s hard to imagine life without this miracle. Therefore any failure of the washing machine is a real stress for everyone. If you want your washing machine to serve you for a long time, pay special attention to its maintenance.
How to clean the washing machine
Pour 2 cups of vinegar in the detergent compartment and start the long washing cycle (that uses hot water) without adding clothes or other detergents.
After a few minutes, pause and let the vinegar act on all components.
After one hour, restart the washing cycle and wait until it ends.
Now start a short cycle to wash all traces of vinegar.
The vinegar will remove limescale, detergent residue and other dirt, including various bacteria and odor.
You can replace the vinegar with two cups of bleach, but it is more toxic than vinegar.
After the short washing cycle ends, wipe the door’s rubber sealant with a sponge soaked in a mixture of vinegar and water 1: 1.
Pay special attention to cleaning the rubber sealant. It is here where dirt and other deposits accumulate mostly.
Finally, wipe with a clean cloth.
This way you’ll get rid of the washing machine’s specific odor, which is often transfer to clothing. To prevent this odor, add a cup of vinegar when washing the towels and set a high temperature washing cycle. Your towels will be sanitized in this way.
Baking soda will also help in this matter, but it has a short effect, because it doesn’t kill the bacteria that causes odor.