Steps for Cleaning Your Washer and Dryer

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Steps for Cleaning Your Washer and Dryer

Did you know that if a Washing Machine has built up soap and fabric softener, it can lead to a moldy smell in your clothes? Making an effort to clean your washing machine and Dryer regularly improves their lifespan. Not only does a clean washer and dryer look nicer and run more efficiently (giving you cleaner clothes and saving you money on your electric bill), but they are less susceptible to dangerous safety issues. But, if you don’t pay attention, your clothes could be the one that suffers. If you use your Washing Machine frequently, we recommend cleaning it once a month or once every few months. Keep reading below for Steps to clean your Washer and Dryer.

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Washer Machine

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 your clothing. The best way to ensure you are truly cleaning your clothes is to first give your washer and dryer a good cleaning.

Step 1. 

Empty your washer. Afterwards, add two cups of baking powder into the machine, and run the long, hot water cycle.

Step 2. 

Add two cups of vinegar as well as ten drops of the essential oil of your choice and then run another cycle at the hottest and largest setting.

Step 3. 

After the cycle is finished, wipe the drum and agitator with a microfiber cloth and add more vinegar. If you find stains while wiping, make a paste of baking soda, vinegar and scrub the stain.

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Step 4. 

If you have a front-load washer, ensure to clean the rubber seal as well. Wipe the seal down with vinegar and essential oil.

Step 5. 

To clean the exterior of your washing machine, start by cleaning the door with a mixed solution of vinegar and water then wipe the exterior with a microfiber cloth. If you notice dirty areas, presoak the areas in an all-purpose cleaner, then scrub with a toothbrush. If the dispensing tray is dirty, soak it, then wipe it clean.

  • Leave your washer door open after every load to prevents mold and mildew growth. It also allows the leftover moisture to evaporate. If smell mildew on your laundry after you wash it, it’s likely this is why.
  • Never leave your clothes in the washer; move them to the dryer immediately to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Excess detergent will stick to your washing machine, causing odors and dulls the color of your clothes. Use small quantities, particularly if you have a high-efficiency washer.
What’s the best way to clean the Dryer?

Dryers are more complex than washing machines when it comes to cleaning. But, that not dismiss this as something not worth your time. Having a dirty Dryer increases the risk of causing fires. For example, if lint happens to touch the heating cord. It will be a very bad day so the best method would be to familiarize yourself with the manual before attempting to clean the dryer.

Step 1.

Unplug your dryer.

Step 2.

Empty the lint trap.

Step 3.

Remove the discharge hose from the back of the dryer and shake out the debris. Afterwards remove the back panel and vacuum up excess lint with the brush attachment of your vacuum.

Step 4. 

Vacuum your lint trap and if you can, try to remove part of the lint trap to get the excess dust. Afterwards, vacuum in the drum for any left behind lint.

Step 5.

Use an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth to wipe down the drum. Put back together any panels or hoses you removed.

You should clean your dryer vent every six to 12 months. However, if your dryer gets a lot of use or if you have an older machine, you may need to clean it more often. Some other indications that your vent may be clogged or need cleaning besides clothes not drying thoroughly are noticing that your dryer is hot to the touch or that there is a musty or unusual smell when you open the door, investigating the vent is a good place to start for diagnosing the problem. 

The average dryer will last for about 8 to 12 years. However, during that period you might get a number of malfunctions that could leave you with a lot of wet laundry and no way to dry it. When these problems inevitably arise, you want to fix them promptly so that those loads of laundry don’t continue to pile up.


No matter how clean you keep your washer and dryer, it’s inevitable that they will need repair at some point. If you need washer and dryer repair in Cleveland, we would be happy to accommodate. Contact Complete Appliance Service today!

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