Do you want to know how to clean your washer and dryer? My washer and dryer are very well-loved by our family of 4 and probably gets more than regular use. Besides doing around 11 loads of regular laundry at a minimum every week (I know, right?!!!), it has to clean baseball gear, dance wear 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. Just follow these simple steps to get your laundry appliances in ship shape.
How To Clean A Washer and Dryer
1. Clean the outside of the washing machine and dryer
In a spray 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 an all purpose cleaner like dish soap and water as well.
Spray down the entire exterior of both your washer and dryer and wipe it clean with a clean towel 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
The best way to clean all the nooks and crannies on the inside of the washing machine is with an old toothbrush. Spray the tough spots like the bleach spout, washing machine door, detergent drawer, fabric softener dispensers, detergent dispensers etc. and scrub with an old toothbrush.
In my top loading washing machine the center spinning part gets built-up soap scum and detergent residue, and it turns brown. Use a magic eraser to clean that right up, as well as any other tough spots.
In your washer make sure to clean 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, or 4 cups of vinegar in the tub of your top-loading machine and fill the empty washing machine all the way with hot water. Run your normal 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 out of tough spots. I had fuzzy stuff and dirt collected by the lint filter.
6. Clean out the dryer vent
My dryer came with a bristle wand. I use that to dig down and get the extra lint out that my lint trap might not have collected.
I also use my vacuum cleaner with the wand attachment to clean 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! The good news is that with regular cleaning and a little TLC they will keep working well for a long time.
Other tips for how to clean a washer and dryer:
- Make sure to clean a rubber seal, especially in a front-load washer.
- This same technique I used for top load washers can be used in front load washers.
- Make sure to clean your washer door with warm water and a damp cloth as well.
- You can always run a clean cycle of your choice with several cups of white vinegar to start cleaning everything out.
- Many front loaders have a cleaning cycle and it’s a good idea to run it often.
- Leaving washing machine doors open to eliminate that musty smell is always a good idea when you have an empty washer.
- Open your laundry room door if it’s closed up to help with air circulation.
- If you have hard water it will leave residue and mineral deposits behind.
- You can always run a wash cycle with a warm to hot water temperature in a top-loading washing machine to clean it out quickly after your last load of laundry.
- Chlorine bleach is a great cleaner to stop and clean out mold growth or mildew growth in a pinch, and it works in both top-loading washers and front-loading washing machine.
- Don’t forget to check the vent in the back of the dryer as they sometimes get clogged, and you’ll want to check this to prevent a fire hazard.
- You can also buy a washing machine cleaner from the store to throw into your front-loading machine if you don’t have time and want to get rid of the musty odor.
- Some of the nasty film inside is actually from detergent buildup and soap residue. You can clean this out with a cup of white vinegar or some baking soda in the water and use less laundry detergent.
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