machine operates forever without maintenance, and your washing machine
is no different. However, it may seem strange to think that you actually
need to wash your washing machine. Following are some steps to help you
maintain your washer so it will continue to work for you for years to
the hoses and fittings on your washer. Make sure the hoses aren't
cracked or blistered, the fittings aren't becoming corroded and no water
is dripping. It's a good idea to replace the hoses and fittings as part
of regular washing machine maintenance every 3 years or so, even if you don't see any problems.
the tub of your washer. This should be done every three months. Set the
washer on hot, and if there's a setting for extra dirty clothes, choose
that. Let the tub fill with water, then add 3 cups of white distilled
vinegar and a 1/2 cup of baking soda. When the tub begins to drain,
advance the cycle to spin. After the cycle ends, set the washer to cold
and run another cycle.
your washing machine dispensers. If you can remove them, do so and soak
them in hot water. While they're soaking, clean out the gunk that
collects around them and between the top of the washer and the tub. If
you can't remove the dispensers, pour hot water through them until
they're clean for good maintenance.
less detergent and fabric softener in your wsher. Your clothes will get
just as clean with half the recommended amount. Dilute your fabric
softener with water or try using white distilled vinegar instead.
Generally, liquid detergent is better than powder.
a service call as part of your routine washing machine maintenance. The
life of your washer may be extended if you have a service person remove
the front cover and clean the inside of the washing machine. You can
also do the job yourself if the washer is a
top loader and you unplug it first. Never try to remove the front panel
of a front-loading machine. And never try to remove the rear panel of
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