In today’s edition of, “Things No One Tells You About Adulthood,” we’re going to talk about washing your washing machine.
I know. Seems a little ridiculous, right? But as it turns out, you’re supposed to be cleaning your washing machine to make sure it’s performing at its very best– and to make sure that it’s actually cleaning your clothes. Laundry soils, detergents and hard water minerals can quickly build up in the washer in areas you can’t see– then they develop an odor. Gross.
According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, here are 6 things you can do to help keep your washing machine clean and running smoothly:
1. Always remove clean clothes promptly.
I know– easier said than done, right? But letting wet clothes sit in your washing machine for hours (or even days– been there) isn’t helping anything. Switch your clothes to the dryer as soon as you can to prevent a smell from forming in the tub.
2. Keep the door open.
When you aren’t using the washing machine, try to leave the door open as much as you can so moisture can’t build up inside the tub– and just like you remove lint from the dryer, wipe out any fabric softener or water in the dispenser drawers between uses.
3. Clean your machine monthly.
Most newer washing machines come with a cleaning cycle option, and you should absolutely be using it! Once a month, run the cleaning cycle– if your washer doesn’t have one, just run liquid chlorine bleach through the dispenser and run an empty cycle with hot water.
4. Clean the inlet hose filter.
These are located inside the water inlet connections– they keep water minerals and debris from getting in the washer, and when they get clogged, water won’t flow properly into the washing machine.
5. Vacuum the pet hair.
This is a big one for me– our dog sheds like nobody’s business, and our washing machine is no exception to it. Leave the washer door open until it’s completely dry inside and using a hose attachment on your vacuum to get out the pet hair.
6. Clean the exterior regularly.
Wipe down the exterior of your washing machine so liquid detergent and softener spills don’t build up.