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How to Clean Your Top-Load Washing Machine

February 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

In our previous blog, we gave tips on how to clean a front-load washing machine. Today, we'll shift our focus on how to clean top-load washing machines!

While front-load washing machines are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, many 

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people still have traditional top-load washing machines. This is especially true if you live in an apartment complex with a multi-unit laundry room. If you're a homeowner who has a top-load washing machine or a property manager who is in charge of maintaining a multi-unit laundry room with top-loaders, you will love this cleaning regimen!

Give Your Top-Load Washing Machine Some TLC

Believe it or not, washing machines need to be washed. As much of a paradox as that seems, it's true. After so much use, all of the dirt, grease, and grime you're washing out of your clothes builds up on the inside of your machine. The following cleaning method is tried and true, so without further ado let's get started.

Putting a Little Elbow Grease in It

Before you begin, make sure you have the following items available: 

  • Bleach
  • White Vinegar
  • Cleaning cloth

The bleach will kill bacteria and mildew, while the vinegar will dissolve soap scum and mineral deposits from the wash basket and hoses. 

By the time you're done, you will have a good-as-new, better smelling, more efficient washing machine. 

We recommend doing this cleaning regimen twice a year. 

Step 1 

Fill your washer with hot water. Proceed to add one quart of bleach and no detergent. Run the machine for about a minute, and let the solution settle for one hour. Next, run the washing machine on its longest wash and spin cycle. 

Step 2

Next, you'll repeat step one but you will replace bleach with white vinegar. Fill the washing machine with hot water, add one quart of vinegar, run for one minute, and let the solution sit for one hour. 

As the solution is sitting, grab a damp cloth and dip it in the vinegar solution. Use this to clean the nooks and crannies of your machine, including the dispensers. If your dispenser is non-removable follow these steps to clean it.

Warm up one cup of white vinegar, pour it into the dispenser, and let it sit for a few minute to break down any build-up. 

After your vinegar solution has been in the washing machine for an hour, proceed to run it once more on the longest wash and spin cycle again.

Taking Care of Your Appliances Will Pay Off

If you're a homeowner or a property manager, we hope that this cleaning regimen works for you. You only have to do it twice a year, and the results are worth it to properly maintain your machine. Large appliances are big investments in your home and it is important to give them the proper care. And your home is an investment in and of itself which is why we recommend installing one of our Suds Sentry Washing Machine Pans. In case your washing machine overflows, our washing machine pan will prevent water damage on the walls and floors of your home. Learn more information about our Suds Sentry Washing Machine Pan here!

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Category: Multi-unit Laundry

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