I had a problem with the seal of my front loading washing machine, I just couldn’t get it clean, it was in a constant state of mould. This made me hate washing because it meant that clean clothes were touching the mould on their way out of the machine and there was always this smell. It was awful; I hated it! Another problem with the machine meant a call to the repair person; he replaced the rubber seal too. I vowed that this one wouldn’t cause a problem and I would keep it clean, never letting the mould grow.
How To Clean Your Washing Machine
I did something I should have done in the beginning and read the manufacturer’s instructions on keeping my machine clean. I know I should have done this in the beginning, but I have had a washing machine for years. I thought I knew what I was doing, but with different models and advancing technology, things change.
Once a month, at the end of the month, I put a commercially bought washing machine cleaner through the machine. I put this directly into the soap dispenser and follow the instructions on the packet. I am not happy with the ingredients in this product and I think I only have one more of these packets left; I want to find a cleaning option that is kinder to the environment when I have run out of the commercially bought cleaner. I haven’t done any research at this point, it is something I plan to do shortly.
I remove the soap dispensing drawer, as per manufacturer’s instructions and wash this; I would do this even if I didn’t use it to add detergent to the machine, because it is where water gets directed and we all know that water and warmth with minimal ventilation causes mould.
Before replacing the drawer, I wipe out the inside of the machine where the drawer sits and it always surprises me just how much mould does form in such a short time frame.
I use my window solution, which is 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar sprayed onto a cloth to wipe down the rubber seal. I use this same solution to wipe down the outside of the machine and I will pull out my machine, only do this if you can, to clean the top and the floor underneath.
Why Clean Your Washing Machine
Sometimes we just assume something is going to work, often it does without us thinking in much detail. The products we buy are technology, which has developed over time and it is just as important that we look after these items if we expect them to last. This means regular maintenance and to keep them in the best condition possible.
We live in a society where if something breaks, it is often not worth the time to repair it; often it is cheaper to buy new! This is a sad state, we are not looking at the long-term value of an appliance and even some big appliances are simply throwaway objects.
This is a waste of money; if you can buy an item and look after it so that is worth the expense, then this is money well spent. However, if we are buying items and they are only lasting a short time then this is wasting money.
As a society we need to stop throwing away items, we need to purchase items that are going to last and are of good value, making the money which we spent a wise investment.
Therefore, if we look after and maintain the goods we own they are worth the money that we spend. Good maintenance and regular inspections and cleaning help to prolong the life of the machine and can reduce the need for a costly replacement.