Do you want to know how to clean a washer and dryer? My washer and dryer are very well-loved by our family of 4. Besides doing around 11 loads of regular laundry at a minimum every week (I know, right?!!!), it has to clean baseball gear, dancewear and costumes, pillows, blankets & bedding, and more. I figured it was about time to give it a little TLC and deep cleaning to help them last.
How To Clean A Washer and Dryer
1. Clean the outside of the washing machine and dryer
In a squirt bottle place 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water. If you don’t like the smell you can use a tablespoon of lemon juice. Or if you’d rather you could use dish soap and water as well.
Spray down the entire exterior of both your washer and dryer and wipe it clean with a washcloth or microfiber towel. Make sure to get the surface, buttons/dials, and all the nooks and crannies.
2. scrub the inside of your washing machine
Spray with the vinegar mixture and use a toothbrush to get in tough spots like the bleach spout, the lid, etc.
In my washing machine, the center spinning part gets built-up film, and it turns brown in color. Use a magic eraser to clean that right up as well as any other tough spots.
In your washer make sure to get on top and around the tub of the washing machine. There is a lot of dirt and dust that collects up there.
3. Clean the washing tub
For the tub itself, place 1 quart (4 cups) of vinegar in your tub and fill it all the way up with hot water. Run your regular wash cycle. Again you can add lemon juice to cut the smell of the vinegar if you like. Once it’s complete you can opt to do a second rinse cycle if you like.
4. Clean the inside of the dryer
Spray the vinegar mixture inside your dryer, as well as on all surfaces as you did with your washer, and wipe clean with a washcloth or microfiber cloth.
5. Scrub the inside of the dryer
Use a toothbrush to get the dirt and grime up from tough spots. Mine was collected by the lint trap.
6. Clean out the dryer vent
My dryer came with a bristle wand. I use that do dig down and get the extra lint out that my lint trap might not have trapped.
I also use my vacuum cleaner with the wand attachment to suck out the lint trap.
7. Clean the dryer vent
I spray my lint trap with the vinegar mixture and use a toothbrush to scrub it clean.
Rise the lint trap off and let it dry. If it’s good and clean the water will run through the trap, if it’s not clean enough the water will not go through the mesh.
My washer and dryer look great and are all clean. Mine is almost 18 years old! Just a little TLC like this will keep them working well for a long time.
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