Like all the electrical appliances that we have at home, they evolve over time to make our lives easier and we do it for them? They are in charge of washing our clothes, cooking our food, washing the dishes, keeping our food in perfect condition. state for consumption, etc. One of the greatest inventions of all time is without a doubt the washing machine. I remember the first washing machine we had at home, huge, noisy and that if we were careless when spinning, some did not have it, it would go on excursions through the kitchen and end up in the hall. The worst thing that these washing machines had was when you put them to drain to rinse the clothes, in the sink and you had to remove all the dripping clothes and finish removing the remaining water by hand, this we had to repeat several times and with very careful not to go over the fill mark, as the song says “how things have changed …” oh my God it seems like yesterday!
But we know how to extend the life of some of them, in this case how to extend the life of our washing machine. The washing machine has the mission of washing our clothes, you know it and we have not made any new discoveries, it removes the stains and while it works we can dedicate ourselves to other tasks, it washes our sweaters and things made of wool, silk, the feathers, etc. A real bargain for us!
But above all we must ask ourselves, do we take care of our washing machine as it does our clothes? With these simple tips to keep the washing machine that we indicate as new, we will be able to extend its life and pamper it as it deserves.
Clean the soap and fabric softener compartments:
We begin to clean our washing machine through the detergent, fabric softener and bleach compartments, since these accumulate fungus, mold, detergent (if it is powder), etc.
There are two types, the removable ones and those with the top loading washers that are fixed on the lid. Those that are removable, we can clean them normally with bleach and with an old toothbrush (it will go where our fingers cannot reach).
We can also use the white cleaning vinegar, we will pour it into a small bowl and put the compartments inside, leaving them submerged for between five and ten minutes, then we will clean them with soap and water, we will put them back in place.
For the top load washers, we will use a cloth soaked in vinegar rubbing all over the places.
These two compartments after having cleaned them perfectly, we must dry them thoroughly.
How to clean the washing machine drum or drum:
To clean our washing machine from the inside and eliminate bacteria, what we will do is start with a cleaning based on bleach and white vinegar , it is very easy and it will not take us almost any of our time.
The first thing we have to do is select the program with more degrees (60º or 90º), let it take a little water and then add a glass or a glass and a half (250 or 400 ml) of bleach and let the cycle finish. we have chosen.
If when the previous cycle is finished we still think that it is not clean at all, we can put it back in again but, instead of adding bleach this time we will put the same measure of cleaning vinegar on it.
The white cleaning vinegar in addition to helping us clean the lime from the filters and the rubbers. There are also washers that have a self-cleaning program already installed.
Another trick we can use is the one used by my sister-in-law Jeza, she puts a 60º wash cycle and two tablets of dishwasher detergent, the result is brilliant.
We can also use the one my mother uses, yes again she puts a washing program at 60º or 90º two tablespoons of bicarbonate and half a liter of cleaning vinegar, we let the wash finish and drum, as she says, clean.
In those with a top load, we will fill it with water and add the half liter of vinegar, the bicarbonate will be put in the detergent compartment.
Cleaning the washer door rubber:
With continuous washing, the rubber of the washing machine door usually accumulates a lot of dirt, it is recommended to clean it regularly. The products that we can use everyone has them on hand at home; I always advise the same, to put on some disposable latex gloves or not, when cleaning a little more special.
The first thing we have to do is very carefully remove the rubber from the drum of the washing machine, no matter how long it takes to do it, then we will wet a cloth with bleach and a little soap and we will clean little by little, until that we see that the dirt disappears. If we do not succeed, we will let this mixture act for a few hours and finally we will remove it with another cloth soaked only in water, we will insist where the most stubborn dirt is, then we will dry it very well.
To finish we will place the rubber in the same position it was before cleaning it. In those with a top load, we must also do it from time to time, in them mold can also accumulate.
This piece is the last that we will clean, it is always usually in the lower part of the washing machine and located on the side of it.
The first thing we have to do is put our washing machine in the extra emptying program (mine has it), if your washing machine is older and lacks it, you can replace it with an extra spin (I advise you to put some clothes inside , the washing machine will suffer the least) this will be the one with the lowest revolutions, almost always it is usually 400rpm.
The next thing we will do is unplug it, if we can, and then very carefully open the filter compartment since there are traces of dirty water, lint, small ornaments from our shirts and even a small coin.
With the help of a screwdriver, a small knife that does not have a point or manually, we will turn it carefully and in this way finish removing all the accumulated dirt and lint. When we have it completely clean, we will close everything perfectly so that when we use our washing machine again, we will not get any surprises such as a small water leak in the kitchen, in the toilet or where we have it placed, caused by not having placed and closed the department well. filtered from our washing machine.
Do not fill the washing machine completely, this way we will prevent it from spoiling before its time.
When the washing cycle is over, always remove the clothes and do not leave the door closed , thus avoiding bad odors, we will always dry the rubber from the washing machine.
Two or three times a year thoroughly clean this appliance, once a month the detergent drawer.
Regularly clean the exterior of your washing machine.
To have our washing machine like new, another tip is to put ½ glass of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda in each wash, the clothes will come out fluffier and more disinfected like our washing machine, another trick of mother, haha.
Finally, we can also use some of the products that exist on the market to clean this appliance, such as anti-scale, wipes to clean the rubber on the door and different products for general cleaning, etc.
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