High Efficiency Washing MachineHigh efficiency washing machines uses less water, energy and detergent than conventional washing machines. Therefore, many people are replacing their old washing machine models with high efficiency models.

If you have purchased a high efficiency washing machine, it’s extremely important to regularly clean the machine and to use the proper amount of detergent to deter minerals, detergent and softener from building up in the machine. Any buildup of residue in the machine can create an environment where mold and mildew can grow; this can cause an odor.

Cleaning a washing machine is not as difficult as you would think! Here are four tips that will help you to keep your machine clean and odor free:

The Drum

It is very important to clean out the inside drum of your high efficiency washing machines as well as the door of the machine. To do this, you’d want to buy some washing machine cleaner for your specific brand. Use this cleaner to wipe the drum and the inside of the door thoroughly. From there you want to let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wipe off as not to leave any residue behind to get into your clothes.

The Rubber Seal

Clean the rubber seal around the door of the washing machine. To do this properly, you will need to clean the outside of the seal and then pull the seal back from the washer. This will allow you to clean under the seal. You can use vinegar or bleach to clean the grime in and around the seal.

The Detergent Tray

Make sure that your detergent tray is clean. To properly clean the tray, just soak the pieces in a sink full of hot, soapy water. You can add of bleach if necessary to remove any mold.  This is a fairly simple process and shouldn’t consume a lot of your time.

The Detergent Compartment

Clean the detergent compartment in the washing machine. To do this properly, you will need to use a spray bottle filled with vinegar. Wipe down thoroughly after spraying with the solution.

To complete the process, run the machine on the clean cycle. You can use hot water or a product designed specifically to clean high efficiency washing machines. You must also look at your dishwashing machine in a similar light.

If you are still having problems with your machines or if you have problems with the cleaning process, call Lake Country Home Services for your Milwaukee appliance repair assistance.