There’s nothing like a new washer and dryer to help your clothes feel their freshest. After some time, however, they can start to show their age. Luckily, there are steps you can take before, during and after you use you washer and dryer each time to help keep them clean and running like new. Check out these tips from Porch.com.
A high-quality machine will do a heavy amount of spinning to make sure every inch of your clothes are cleaned properly. The downside to such an efficient wash? Rogue coins, wrappers, receipts or other debris left in pockets will come loose in the wash and can get caught in the machine’s filter.
Check all your pockets before throwing in a load of laundry – but just in case, check your filter once a month for anything left behind.
These cleaning machines need cleaning, too! Once a month, take a break from your laundry to run your washer with a cleaning tablet. These tablets help remove mold, mildew and other residue that can build up on your machine’s interior.
Want to prevent mold and mildew in the first place? The prevention tactic is simple: leave your washer door open between loads. This will prevent moisture from getting trapped inside and causing buildup.
For your dryer, make sure you clean the dryer screen of lint in between EVERY load. Lint accumulates quickly, and too much has been known to spark fires or cause other electrical problems. Once a month, use an extension rod on your vacuum to clean out any extra lint and prevent it from traveling into the dryer vents.
For a deep clean, have your washer and dryer serviced as often as every six months. Sound like a lot? Think about how many loads of laundry you do in that amount of time! Your machine will be due for some hard-earned TLC after six months. This servicing will increase the life span of your machines and help you spot any necessary repairs before they become a problem.
Properly caring for your washer and dryer will increase the life span of these important appliances. Keep them clean so they can keep cleaning for you!