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Tips for Keeping your Washing Machine Clean  A cleaner machine works better and lasts longer

Do you ever open your washing machine door to toss in laundry and realize your washing machine already smells damp or stale? If so, it may be time to clean your washer. As with any appliance in our home, it’s best to clean washing machines regularly to keep it performing at its optimal level. There are some things you can do every day to keep your machine clean, as well as some tricks when it comes time to deep cleaning it.

Daily Maintenance

  1. Leave the door and the dispenser drawer slightly open when not in use. This allows the interior of your machine to dry out and prevents water from building up inside the drum
  2. Remove your clothes as soon as the cycle has finished. Don’t let them sit in the drum!
  3. If you have a high efficiency machine, make sure to use a high efficiency or “HE” detergent. High efficiency laundry detergents are specially formulated to prevent excess suds and residue build up.
  4. Choose the right cycle, as recommended by washer machine manufacturer, for your load. You need enough water to wash away soils from your clothes and machines.

Washing Machine Cleaning

  1. Remove all clothes and laundry from your washer.
  2. Check your manufacturer’s directions for cleaning. Some washing machines have a cleaning setting run with hot water.
  3. If you have a front-loading machine, wipe the gasket (inner rubber seal) with a wet soapy cloth or sponge.
  4. Remove and clean the dispenser tray or drawer by running it under hot water or using an all-purpose cleaner.
  5. Consider using a washing machine cleaner like Tide Washing Machine Cleaner monthly to avoid unwanted washer smells.

Next time you encounter that unpleasant smell before doing your laundry, you’ll know just what to do to restore your machine back to clean. Clean clothes start with a clean washer, so take care of your machine on a regular basis.