Did you know that the machines that do the cleaning need to be cleaned too? That’s right, even your dishwasher and washing machine need some TLC every once in a while. And if your dishwasher and washing machine aren’t clean, then it’s very likely that your dishes and clothes aren’t getting as clean as they could be. To make sure your dishwasher and washing machine continue to run smoothly and effectively and to prevent any build-up of bacteria, grime, and dirt, we’ve got the necessary steps you need to take using what you already have in your house.
What You Need:
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
How to Clean a Dishwasher
- Clear the drain! Is your dishwasher not properly draining after the end of the wash cycle? It could be because food debris and grime is stuck in the drain. Remove the bottom rack of the dishwasher to reveal the drain. Remove any food and grime left behind with a wet dishcloth.
- Get the vinegar! Place a cup full of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup on the top rack.
- Run the cycle! Use a hot-water cycle. The white vinegar and hot-water will rinse away any grease and grime plus get rid of musty odors.
- Get the baking soda! After the dishwasher cycle is complete, let the dishwasher completely dry. Then coat the bottom of the dishwasher with one cup of baking soda.
- Run the cycle! Use a short, hot-water cycle. The baking soda will take care of any remaining stains inside the dishwasher as well as add a fresh scent.
You should repeat this deep cleaning process for your dishwasher every month. In between deep cleans make sure you’re removing food debris after each cycle, wiping away any door grime, rinsing the filter with hot water, and polishing the stainless steel to keep it looking shiny from the outside as well. This will help keep your dishwasher and dishes in top notch condition!
How to Clean a Front Load Washing Machine
- Start with the gasket! The gasket is the rubber molding at the front of your washing machine that allows the door to properly close. The gasket is a breeding ground for mold and mildew since water easily accumulates there. Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and coat the gasket with white vinegar. Wipe down the vinegar with a clean and damp microfiber cloth.
- Add white vinegar instead of detergent! Place two cups of the vinegar in the detergent dispenser.
- Run the cycle! Choose the highest and hottest water temperature on your washer machine and let the washer machine do it’s thing.
- Get the baking soda! Add ½ a cup of baking soda directly to the drum of your washing machine.
- Run the cycle again! Set the machine to the hottest water temperature and highest level again and let it do its thing.
- Wipe it down! Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down the washer machine completely, inside and outside.
How to Clean a Top Load Washer Machine
- Get the vinegar! Add 4 cups of white vinegar to the wash cycle and set the washer machine to the hottest water cycle and highest level.
- Start the cycle...but don’t let it run completely! Pause the cycle after it starts and let the washer machine sit with the solution of vinegar and water in the drum for an hour.
- Scrub the detergent dispensers! Use an old toothbrush or cleaning brush dipped in hot vinegar to scrub away any grime in the fabric softener and bleach dispensers.
- Restart the cycle! Once an hour has passed, it’s time to resume your wash cycle.
- Get the baking soda! Sprinkle one cup baking soda into the drum of the washing machine next.
- Run the cycle again! Selecting the hottest temperature and highest level, run the cycle one more time.
- Wipe it down! Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the inside and top of the washer machine to remove any remaining grime and completely dry the machine.
It’s recommended to do this deep clean process every 6 months but if you’re looking for added cleanliness, wipe down your machine (inside and outside) with a dry microfiber cloth after every use and leave the door open to allow for proper drying.