Do You Need to Clean Your Washer?

Do You Need to Clean Your Washer?

Your washing machine cleans your clothes, and in the process naturally keep itself clean, right? While this may make sense, the truth is regularly cleaning and maintaining your washer is an important part of appliance maintenance. Yes, you do need to clean your washer. Here’s why you should do it, and how.

With almost any appliance, time and use will naturally cause wear and tear on your machines. Your washer is not different. With soiled laundry going in and the use of water and soap, buildup is inevitable. You can avoid the growth of mold and mildew as well as unpleasant odors by following a simple but consistent maintenance plan for your washer. You can also avoid future unnecessary washer repair services. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

After Each Wash

By adding an extra step to your laundry routine, you can easily keep your washer clean. If you have a front-loader, after each wash you should wipe out the rubber gasket and the door with a dry cloth. This will prevent moisture from sitting and creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow.

You should also make it a habit to leave the door cracked (both top and front-loaders) between loads to keep air circulating. Doing these simple tasks can be a proactive form of appliance troubleshooting and repair. You’ll be able to easily catch any unwanted mold growth quickly and stop it in its tracks. You will also be able to find damage to your gasket quickly, and replace it before you have any leaks.


If is easy for your soap dispenser to accumulate a layer of film and buildup, which makes cleaning it out a great monthly task. Doing so will also help to avoid mildew buildup and bad smells. If yours is an automatic soap dispenser leave it open like you do your washer door to improve air flow and avoid mold growth.  Make sure you’re using the right amount of detergent for your machine, which will also help to eliminate buildup.

Every Few Months

Sanitizing the inside of your washer every few months is also a good practice. Just add one cup of bleach to the inside of your machine or into the bleach dispenser and run a cycle of hot water without any laundry. Doing so will kill any mold or mildew that may be growing in your machine.

Taking a few minutes to clean your washer each time you use it, monthly, and every few months will help you to avoid unnecessary problems with your machine. Washing machine repairs, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, are no fun. They take time, and leave you with piles and piles of backed up laundry.

But if you happen to find yourself in need of a GE or Whirlpool washing machine repair, you want to find someone you trust. Often, local appliance repair shops are able to get your appliance working quickly with a friendly and personal touch. Peter’s Appliance is no different! Family owned, they know how to make you feel like, well, family; treating your appliances as their own.