If you’re like a lot of people, you want to know how you can make the planet a better place. Part of doing that is switching over from chemical cleansers to all-natural ones.

What people don’t often realize is just how many items they can clean in their home with natural products.

For instance, did you know that you can clean your washing machine with all-natural products?

Not only do not many people realize this, a lot of people don’t even know that they’re supposed to clean their washer on a regular basis. They think that the soap and water that pass through their washer during the clothes cleansing process is enough to clean the machine.

Unfortunately, this misinformation can lead to costly repairs – even a full breakdown of the machine, which could result in needing to purchase a new one.

To avoid this – and to stick to your “going green” goals – we’re going to discuss how to clean your washing machine naturally. The tips provided will protect both the environment and your washer.

Why You Need to Clean Your Washing Machine Regularly

Before we get into the how, let’s first discuss the why. Why should you clean your washing machine regularly?

Over time, build-up from detergents and fabric softeners can accumulate within the drum and in the water and drainage lines.

If this build-up isn’t removed, the washer won’t function optimally. You could end up wasting water, and the washer could end up becoming overworked. If this happens, it won’t be long before parts start wearing out and needing to be replaced.

Not only can this become costly, it can waste a lot of time. Laundry isn’t everyone’s favorite chore, so imagine trying to get it done and over with but having to put it on hold until the repairs are complete. It’s frustrating to say the least.

Another issue that can arise is the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. The washer is a damp place – the perfect environment for microorganisms to grow.  Bacteria and mold can end up on your clothes, making them smell funky or leaving you with an allergic reaction.

It is, therefore, imperative to clean your washer regularly. So let’s find out how to clean your washer.

How to Clean Your Washing Machine with Natural Cleansers 

When it comes to how to clean a washer, the first question you want to ask is which cleanser you’re going to use.

Some people choose bleach, but many people avoid bleach in favor of a natural alternative: vinegar.

While vinegar can be used alone, the more popular choice is to make a homemade washing machine cleaner out of a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. The vinegar is acidic, which helps breakup tough build-up. The baking soda is somewhat abrasive, which helps remove build-up as well.

Together, they’re a scum-fighting powerhouse of a natural cleanser. Interested in giving it a try? Here’s how.

How to Clean Your Washer with Vinegar

Many washer owners swear by vinegar when it comes to getting a clean washer. Vinegar is an all-natural product that has antimicrobial properties and is great for getting rid of stubborn build-up.

If you’re worried about the smell of vinegar – don’t be. It’s diluted enough that you won’t be able to smell it once the washer has been cleaned.

How to clean your washer with vinegar: Fill your washer with water and pour in a quart of white vinegar. Add a cup of baking soda. Then, close the lid and let the machine agitate for about a minute. Open the lid to stop the agitation and let the mixture sit in the drum for an hour.

During this time, you can make a slurry of water, vinegar, and baking soda in a cup or bowl. Dip a cloth and/or old toothbrush in the slurry and use it to clean around the edges, as well as any nooks and crannies. Rinse with warm water.

Close the lid and allow the cycle to finish. Then, fill the washer once more and add another quart of white vinegar (but no baking soda). Allow the washer to run an entire cycle.

Keep Your Washing Machine in Good Working Order

Washers and dryers are considered major home appliances because of their size and their cost. When you purchase a new washer, you’re making a major financial investment.

Therefore, it’s important to do all you can to properly care for your machine. The better you care for it, the longer it will work for you.

On the other hand, not caring for your machine will result in equipment failure, costly repairs, and maybe even needing to replace the machine before you should have to.

It doesn’t take that much time to clean your washing machine – but it’s definitely worth it. With a little bit of time and effort, you can ensure that your machine will work properly for years to come.

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