If You Haven’t Cleaned This Appliance in a Month, Do It ASAP

Time to get this on your cleaning rotation!

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You would think that a machine meant to wash something would stay clean itself, right? Unfortunately, that logic is false. A washing machine can certainly clean your clothes well, but if you don’t regularly give that machine a wash, you could be facing some serious mildew issues.

Pro tip: Make sure none of these 11 things end up in your washer.

When you think about it, needing to clean your washing machine makes perfect sense. The machine cleans off the dirt on your clothes, and that dirt obviously needs somewhere to go. Washing machines can easily collect dirt, bacteria, and even fungus after some time. If you aren’t careful to wash it, there could be some major consequences.

How to clean your washing machine

Since most clothes/patterns require a cold wash, hot water isn’t moving through the machine often. The first thing you can do is wash the machine with hot water—bleach included. This will help to kill off whatever bacteria or bugs are currently residing within your machine. Learn more cleaning tricks for hard-to-clean household objects.

If your washing machine has a funny odor, it probably a sign of mold. This can sometimes occur if the washing machine’s lid isn’t open often to dry. The moisture within the machine can build up. In order to stop bad odors (and kill off the mold within your machine), we have a nifty trick on how to fix a smelly washing machine.

Clean it once a month, at least

Even though there are probably more than a couple items within your home that experience some neglect, your washing machine should not be one of them.

It’s recommended to have your washer go through a cleaning cycle once a week or bi-weekly, depending on how often you are using the machine. If you aren’t using it as often, it’s recommended to give it wash (both inside and out) once a month. After you’ve cleaned it, it’s time to get more use out of it. Find out the 16 things you didn’t know you could put in the washing machine.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman

Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten is the Social Media Editor at Reader's Digest and writes for Taste of Home and The Family Handyman. She firmly believes that no matter where you go, picnics are always a good idea. Especially if it’s paired with a good book. She’s an advocate for meal prepping and passionate about living a plastic-free life.