How to Clean Your Washer and Dryer


It may seem as though a washing machine is self-cleaning, but dirt, grime, and mold can collect in its cracks and crevices. As a result, a mildew smell may permeate both your washer and clothing. The best way to ensure you are truly cleaning your clothes is to first give your washer and dryer a good cleaning.

To clean your washing machine:

  1. Use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment (with a dry washing machine) and vacuum out any pet hair or small debris that may be left from previous loads.

  2. Many new models have a washer cleaning cycle. If yours does not, add a half cup of liquid chlorine bleach to the dispenser and run a normal cycle with hot water. Many washing detergent companies sell washing machine cleaner, which can be used in lieu of bleach.

  3. If you have a front-load washing machine with a rubber seal, wipe it dry with a towel to prevent mold.

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To clean your dryer:

  1. Clean the lint filter every time you dry a load of clothes. Start by removing as much as you can with a brush, then pick up the remaining lint with a dryer sheet.

  2. You will occasionally want to clean the lint trap — the cavity where the lint filter is housed. This is done with a long dryer lint brush, which can be vacuumed to clean.

  3. Once a year, clean the dryer’s vent hose and pipe to make sure it is running most effectively. This can be done on your own or professionally.

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