Day 25: Clean Your Washer & Dryer {Spring Cleaning Made Easy}

Spring Cleaning Made Easy: 31 Mini Tasks to a Clean Home at lifeyourway.netThis month we’re spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.

When was the last time you really cleaned your washer and dryer? Today we’re not just clearing the lint trap (which you should do every time you run the dryer), but also degunking the drum, checking hoses, etc.

Day 25: Clean Your Washer & Dryer {Spring Cleaning Made Easy} at lifeyourway.net
source: love Maegan

Washing Machine

  • Add 1-2 cups of lemon juice or vinegar (or a commercial washing machine cleaner) to the machine and run it on the hottest cycle to remove any build up. If you have a top-loading washer with an agitator, use a sponge or soft brush to remove any remaining build up and then run a rinse cycle.
  • Use a rag and your favorite cleaner to clean around the lid or door and in any crevices.
  • Wipe the exterior of the machine, including any knobs and buttons.
  • Remove the soap/bleach/fabric softener dispensers and wash thoroughly in the kitchen sink.
  • Check the water hoses in the back of the machine to be sure they’re all securely attached.
  • Use a bubble level to check that your machine is level. Adjust the front legs as needed to keep it level for best performance.

TIP: If you have a front-load washing machine, it’s important to leave the door open between loads so that the drum can completely dry; otherwise it will develop mildew and, eventually, mold.

Dryer

  • Unplug the dryer.
  • Remove and vacuum the lint trap. Also vacuum out any remaining lint in the dryer itself.
  • Use a rag and your favorite cleaner to clean around the lid or door and in any crevices.
  • Wipe the exterior of the machine, including any knobs and buttons. Vacuum any lint that’s accumulated underneath, behind or beside the machine. (Note: An extensive amount of dust around the machine indicates an issue with your exhaust duct.)
  • Check the exhaust hose and straighten out any bends or kinks. Remove the hose and vacuum out any excess lint. Check the vent on the outside of your home to be sure it’s open and unblocked.

And you’re done!

Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!

Tomorrow we’re going to sort through and organize our cleaning supplies.

When was the last time you really cleaned your washer and dryer?

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