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Five Steps to a Clean Washing Machine

Aug 10, 2022

A young woman enjoying the cleanliness of her laundry from a clean washing machine.

Keeping a clean washing machine is more important than you might think. A well-maintained washing machine will be more cost efficient, and it will get your clothes cleaner too! By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your washing machine stays clean and running smoothly.

Here are five steps to help you get the job done:

1. Add a cup of vinegar to the washer and run it on a hot cycle

The vinegar will remove any residue that has built up in the washing machine. This will help to keep the machine smelling fresh, and it will prevent any mold or mildew from forming. Running the machine on a cycle with the vinegar will allow it to clean the nooks and crannies of the machine, where dirt and grime can accumulate.

2. Use a toothbrush to scrub the inside of the machine

Once the cycle has finished, use a toothbrush to scrub any remaining residue. A toothbrush will allow you to get rid of any residue that’s stuck between the parts of the machine. Be sure to reach all of the small areas and rinse well. While this may seem like a lot of work, it’s an important part of keeping your washing machine clean.

3. Rinse off the vinegar

After you've run the vinegar through a wash, it's likely that you’ll still smell it. To get rid of the vinegar smell, simply run the machine on a cycle with hot water. This will rinse away any vinegar that’s still lingering. If you run your machine once and the smell is still there, you can try running it again until the smell is gone.

4. Clean the outside of your machine with a damp cloth and an all-purpose cleaner

While the inside of your washing machine is important, the outside needs to be kept clean as well. An all-purpose cleaner can be used on the exterior of the machine to remove any dirt or grime that has built up. Be sure to wipe down the control panel and door as well. A damp cloth can also be used to wipe down the machine. If you have a front-loading machine, be sure to clean the seal around the door to prevent any mold or mildew from forming.

5. Empty your washing machine's filter

Your washing machine has a filter that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. The filter is located in the bottom of the machine, and it can be accessed by opening the panel. Use a brush or your fingers to remove any dirt or lint that has collected in the filter. Once you've removed all of the debris, close the panel and run the machine to make sure that the machine and filter are working properly.

Five Benefits of a Clean Washing Machine

Cleaning your washing machine may seem like a lot of work, but it’s important! Here are some reasons why:

1. It keeps your washing machine running smoothly

Removing any residue that has built up will keep your washing machine running smoothly and help to prevent any problems, such as clogs or leaks.

2. It prevents mold and mildew from forming

If you don't clean your washing machine regularly, mold and mildew can start to form. This can cause your machine to smell bad, and it can be dangerous if inhaled. Cleaning your machine on a regular basis can prevent this from happening.

3. It gets rid of any residue that has built up

Over time, residue can build up in your washing machine. This can cause the machine to not work as well — and it can be difficult to remove! By cleaning your machine regularly, you can get rid of this residue and keep your machine working properly.

4. It keeps your machine smelling fresh

If you don't clean your washing machine, it can start to smell bad. This is because of the residue that builds up, and the mold and mildew that can form. By cleaning your machine, you can keep your laundry area smelling fresh and prevent any odors from forming.

5. It helps to prolong the life of your machine

By taking care of your washing machine, you can help to prolong its life. A clean machine is less likely to break down, and it will last longer than one that is not well-maintained.

How Can Acima Leasing Help?

If you need a new washing machine, Acima Leasing can help. We offer flexible lease-to-own options* that make it possible for you to take home a new machine without using your credit*. Our terms are flexible so you can get the machine you need and make lease renewal payments* that fit your budget.

If you make the number of payments defined under your lease or exercise an option to purchase it early at a discount, it’s yours! If you no longer need it, you can simply return it in good condition at any time without further obligation. Choose from your favorite brands at a retailer near you. Check out our store locator and search by appliances to find one of our retailers today. If you still have questions about Acima Leasing you can read more here or on our FAQ page to learn more.

Common Questions About Washing Machines:

How long do washing machines last?

On average, a washing machine should last about 14 years (1). However, this number will differ based on the type and quality of the machine.

How much water does a washing machine use?

This answer can vary, but on average, washing machines use about 19 gallons of water per load (2). However, if your washing machine is ENERGY STAR certified it will average around 14 gallons of water per load.

How much does a washing machine weigh?

The average washing machine weighs 170 pounds (3). However, the weight will differ based on the size and type of machine.

How much does a washing machine cost?

There’s a wide range of prices when it comes to washing machines. The average cost of a washing machine starts at around $250 and goes up to around $2,050 (4), depending on the model and various features.

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