Whether you hire a professional cleaning service or do it yourself, cleaning your home is a necessary part of life that you should take care of on a regular basis to keep bacteria and dirt collection under control. A professional home cleaning service knows there are some areas of your home, such as your dishwasher and clothes washer, that clean items for you and also need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Here are tips to keep your home clothes washer and dishwasher cleaned and in great working order, just like a professional would.
Your dishwasher is responsible for cleaning and sanitizing your dishes every time you run it, and if you don't clean it on a regular basis, its performance will begin to decline. Pull out the bottom rack of your washer and look at the bottom drain for any collection of grease and food particles. Buildup can accumulate in this area, clog your bottom drain, and even cause the sprays to not work properly. Use a rag to wipe off any buildup.
Next, inspect the space behind the base of your dishwasher's door. This area can be the perfect place for mold to grow, especially since it does not get rinsed clean while the door is shut and the washer is running. This area also creates a dark and moist environment for the mold to grow. Spray and wipe clean this area with a bleach cleaner or vinegar.
Pour a cup of white vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher before you run a cycle to help clean its interior components. You can also place a bowl full of white vinegar in the top rack during a wash to help clean the washer's interior.
Front Loading Clothes Washer
If you own a front loading washing machine, you need to be aware of its ability to grow mold and mildew. The seal on your washer's door is built to be watertight, so after you pull out a load of washed laundry, you should leave the door open to let its interior dry out. Without this step, your washer will begin to grow mold and mildew, and your clothes will all begin to have an odor of mildew.
Don't forget to regularly clean out around the rubber door seal, which creates a rubber lining that can collect debris when your clothes are washed. Pull back the rubber flap on this seal, and wipe out its interior and any debris that has collected. Use a bleach or vinegar spray to clean it. Next, clean out the detergent and fabric softener dispenser to remove buildup, then pour some vinegar or bleach into the dispenser and run your empty washer on a hot water cycle.