The faithful workhorse that keeps our clothes and linens fresh needs its own thorough yearly scrubbing. Use a vinegar and baking soda treatment to soak the inside of the washer, then follow up with detail cleaning and an extensive wipe-down, both inside and out. Your washer will sparkle, and your clothes will get a bonus boost to boot.
Since you’re already in the laundry room, go ahead and give that dryer some TLC too. The lint filter needs just a bit of soapy water, and the dryer drum can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth. Then it’s time to get serious. Dryer exhaust vents are a leading cause of dryer fires and therefore should be cleaned (and inspected) yearly. Relocate anything blocking the outside vent opening (such as an animal nest), and then remove the lint inside using a brush, an air compressor, or a long vacuum hose. Don’t forget to vacuum behind and underneath the dryer—lint likes to hide in these spaces! Don’t miss these other things smart homeowners do once a year.