Cleaning your washing machine: here's how to do it

Cleaning your washing machine: here's how to do it

Does your laundry smell a bit musty when it comes out of the washing machine? Ugh! Chances are, your washing machine itself needs a cleaning. Moreover, regular maintenance helps extend the life of your machine and saves energy. It's all benefits! At Marcel's Green Soap, we value sustainability, which is why we've put together this step-by-step guide to help you clean your washing machine responsibly.

Step 1: Preparation

Before you start cleaning your washing machine, it's important to have everything on hand. By using sustainable and eco-friendly products, you'll not only ensure a clean machine but also a cleaner planet. For a sustainable cleaning, we recommend the following products:

Step 2: Cleaning the Rubber Seals

The rubber seals of your washing machine (in the door gasket) can quickly gather dirt and mold. This spot is often overlooked but is important to clean thoroughly to prevent unpleasant odors and mold growth. Follow these steps to clean the door gasket thoroughly:

  • Mix a small amount of Marcel's Green Soap All-Purpose Cleaner with warm water.
  • Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the inside and outside of the door gasket.
  • For stubborn dirt or mold, use an old toothbrush dipped in the cleaning solution.
  • Wipe the gasket dry with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Cleaning the Soap Dispenser

The soap dispenser is another place where soap residues and mold often accumulate. If your soap dispenser is dirty, it can affect the quality of your wash and cause unpleasant odors. Clean it as follows:

  • Remove the soap dispenser from the washing machine.
  • Rinse the dispenser under warm running water to remove most residues.
  • Soak the dispenser in a mixture of warm water and Marcel's Green Soap All-Purpose Cleaner.
  • Use an old toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt and mold.
  • Rinse the dispenser again and dry thoroughly before placing it back.

Step 4: Cleaning the Drum

A fresh and clean drum is crucial for clean laundry. By regularly cleaning the drum, you remove dirt and bacteria and prevent odors from building up. Here’s how to do it:

  • Pour a cup of vinegar into the drum.
  • Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda into the drum.
  • Run a hot wash cycle without any laundry in the machine. This will help remove dirt, bacteria, and unpleasant odors.
  • Leave the washing machine door open after the cycle to allow the drum to dry and air out.

Step 5: Cleaning the Filter

The washing machine filter often catches lint and small objects. A clogged filter can affect your machine's performance and lead to unnecessary wear and tear. Follow these steps to clean the filter:

  • Place a towel or a shallow tray under the filter to catch water.
  • Unscrew the filter and remove it carefully.
  • Rinse the filter under warm running water to remove all dirt and residues.
  • Clean the filter housing with a cloth and Marcel's Green Soap All-Purpose Cleaner.
  • Replace the filter and screw it in tightly.

Step 6: Cleaning the Exterior Surfaces

Don't forget to clean the exterior of your washing machine as well. It makes your laundry area look neat too!

  • Mix Marcel's Green Soap All-Purpose Cleaner with warm water.
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe down the outside of the washing machine.
  • Pay extra attention to the buttons and the door, where stains and dirt often remain.

Extra Tips for Sustainable Maintenance

A few extra tips to ensure your washing machine lasts longer and performs better:

  • Leave the door and soap dispenser open after each wash to prevent mold and unpleasant odors.
  • Use sustainable detergents like those from Marcel's Green Soap, which leave fewer residues in your machine.
  • Do you often wash at low temperatures? Occasionally wash at a high temperature to kill bacteria and dissolve grease, dirt, and soap residues.
  • Perform this cleaning routine once a month to keep your washing machine in top condition.

By regularly cleaning your washing machine with sustainable products from Marcel's Green Soap, you contribute to a cleaner environment and ensure a longer lifespan for your appliance. Good luck and enjoy your fresh, clean laundry!

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