Well, a little OCD can help you stay healthy and I don’t mind that as washing and cleaning has always been therapeutic to me. Last year during Christmas my brother and sister-in-law arranged a nice and lavish party at their recently brought house in Haworth.
The houses and the area resembled to the set of ‘The Bridgerton’. Oh! No wonder I was feeling like Lady Whistledown, only my feather pen was missing.
Anyways the party was pretty decent, but the horror started after I decided to stay back to help my sister-in-law with the cleaning. It seemed to me like the washing machine has not been cleaned in centauries. I confronted her, to which she said she has no idea how to clean a washing machine. That is when I decided to do the part of my job by helping people learn How to clean the inside of a washing machine top loader.
My cleaning skills were passed to me by our mother and grandmother, not everyone will have the same experience like us. I didn’t waste much time and started going through articles, I picked out some inspirations from them and infusing my personal experience, to find how you can easily clean the inside of a washing machine top loader:
- Cleaning agent: For effective results, choose mild detergent, vinegar or washing machine cleaner as your main cleaners.
- Microfiber Cloth: Use this soft, absorbent cloth for wiping surfaces clean while simultaneously collecting dirt.
- Soft Bristle Brush: Get to hard-to-reach areas by using this versatile soft bristled brush!
- An old toothbrush: Used to access small crevices and intricate parts like the detergent dispenser.
- Rubber Gloves: If wearing rubber gloves when cleaning to avoid chemicals and hot water.
- Bucket or basin: Figure out a utensil for mixing and cleaning solutions or submerging smaller parts.
- Water source: To clean and flush out your machine effectively use water as its primary resource.
Steps to clean the drum and agitator:
Step1: You must empty the washer drum first.
Step 2: Wipe out interior using damp microfiber cloth.
Step 3: Mix warm water, mild detergent or washing machine cleaner to form cleaning solution then scrub interior using soft-bristled brush or old toothbrush dunked in solution for deep clean.
Step 4: Detach and dismantle your washing machine’s agitator before cleaning with the same cleaning solution and brush.
Step 5: Rinse both drum and agitator thoroughly under running water after scrubbing to remove cleaning solution residues.
Step 6: Before using the washer again, be sure to air dry both drum and agitator separately.
Steps to clean the detergent dispenser and fabric softener compartment:
Step 1: Your washing machine’s detergent dispenser will be either removable or fixed. If it’s fixed, clean it while it’s in place. However, if it is removable, follow the instructions.
Step 2: Fill a big bucket or sink with warm water and add mild detergent or vinegar to make a cleaning solution. Let the detergent dispenser or its removable parts soak in the solution for 15-20 minutes.
Step 3: You can use a soft-bristle brush or old toothbrush to clean the dispenser and its parts. Remove all residues from smaller compartments and dispensing mechanisms.
Step 4: After scrubbing, rinse the detergent dispenser and its parts under running water.
Step 5: Let the detergent dispenser and its parts air dry before reassembling the washing machine.
Step 6: Clean the fabric softener compartment if your washing machine has one.
Steps to clean the rubber gasket and door seal:
Step 1: Check the rubber gasket and door seal of your washing machine for dirt, debris and mould. Pay attention on the folds and crevices for moisture.
Step 2: Use a washing machine cleaner or mix equal parts water and vinegar to clean the machine. My grandmother used to say that this solution removes mould, mildew, and tough stains from rubber gaskets and door seals.
Step 3: Gently wipe the rubber gasket and door seal with a clean cloth or sponge dipped in the cleaning solution.
Step 4: Gently scrub the rubber gasket and door seal with an old toothbrush or soft-bristle brush.
Step 5: Rinse the rubber gasket and door seal with clean water after scrubbing.
Step 6: Always leave the washing machine door open to prevent mould growth.
Now that I have shared all the secrets for maintaining a top-loading washing machine, I can guarantee a steady stream of fresh laundry into your household. In order to provide accurate information, I reviewed various articles as well as my extensive practical experience of managing and servicing washing machines successfully.
Remember, keeping and cleaning the washing machine regularly goes beyond mere aesthetics; they provide deeper washing of clothes! I hope now you are equipped with enough knowledge to successfully tackle the task of self-cleaning!