Cleanliness of household appliances should always be monitored. There are many ways to properly keep your house clean, for example, different detergents and chemicals from scale, dirt, mold, and so on. But housewives who understand this matter give you advice — you can use an acetic solution. Everyone in the house has acetic acid, but not everyone knows how to use it, but I will help you. Now we will tell you how to clean the washing machine with vinegar from scale and dirt.
Washer cleaning: step by step instructions
Many housewives are wondering if it is possible to add vinegar to the washing machine to clean scale, dirt, mold and unpleasant odors? Of course, you can, most importantly, after the cleaning procedure, rinse the washer well from the vinegar solution and scale residues.
Cleaning the washing machine with vinegar takes place according to special instructions:
- Remove all unnecessary items from the drum, if any. Acetic acid can ruin things.
- You will need 9% food grade acetic acid. Pour half a cup of vinegar solution into the powder compartment. Remember to wear rubber gloves, the vinegar can damage your skin.
- Start the washing machine, select the longest wash cycle at high temperature and turn it on.
- When a little time passes, to heat up the machine, press pause and wait 1–1.5 hours.
- Start the machine again to end the cycle.
- Do not forget to clean the drain filter from scale.
- Mix 50 ml of vinegar in one liter of drinking water. Wipe the drum and cuff with this solution.
- Run the machine on a short cycle for a final cleaning of acetic acid residue and scale.
- Do not forget to wipe the internal components of the washing machine. Wipe the powder container with a regular cloth.
If you have 70% vinegar and want to clean the washing machine, then acetic acid can be mixed with water about 1 × 7. Calculate how much water and vinegar you need to add to get the amount of nine percent vinegar solution you need.
See also - How to clean a washing machine with citric acid?
Powder Receptacle Cleaning
How to clean the powder container? You will need all the same vinegar. Pour warm water into a container and pour about 250 ml of a 9% vinegar solution. Put a tray in this mixture and leave for a day. Choose a special container so that the solution is filled to the brim, this will help to clean the powder hopper more efficiently. After all these steps, take a sponge and wipe the container, it should shine. How can you clean a container with baking soda and vinegar? Let’s tell. Make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and apply to the sides of the container, leave for a while, after about two hours, brush the plaque (you can use a toothbrush) and rinse.
The container intended for the powder must be washed and cleaned very often, namely, soaked in special antimicrobial solutions. The hole in which the powder compartment is located must be washed with antimicrobial agents, but this should be done carefully. Because the liquid enters the container using rubber nozzles. Similar rubber tubes, vinegar essence can corrode very quickly.
Pros and cons of cleaning with vinegar
Let’s start with the pros, they are that:
- The price is affordable for every person.
- You will forget what unpleasant odors are.
- Vinegar effectively removes mold in the washing machine.
- The internal parts of the machine will be descaled.
And now for the cons. Strong smell after using vinegar as a detergent. Install an extra rinse to get rid of the bad smell better. And the room where your washing machine is located should be well ventilated. Observe the required doses when using vinegar. If the vinegar has a high percentage, then the sealing gum will most likely become coarse and tear.
Other ways to clean the washer from scale
Citric acid is perfect instead of vinegar to clean the washing machine. Most housewives use citric acid instead of vinegar. Why is this way better? And it is better because citric acid can be poured into the drum itself. On our website you can see an article on how to clean a washing machine with citric acid.
This list contains the most effective cleaning products that will help you descale your machine:
- five plus.
- Dr. Beckmann.
- Frau Schmidt cleaner.
And this is not an exhaustive list of descaling products, because there are many other cleaning products that will make your washing machine shine. Cleaning products from Candy, Electrolux, Bosch and so on will help you remove limescale. Use the instructions in order not to destroy your washing machine. I guarantee that after trying some methods, you will find the most suitable for you, which will match both in price and in efficiency.
Another good and cheap way is to clean your washing machine with baking soda. It plays the role of a mold and scale destroyer. Almost every housewife in the kitchen has baking soda. Also, household chemical stores sell soda ash, which is also absolutely harmless to the human body.
To summarize, you need to clean the washing machine from scale once every six months. And to make your machine last longer, use the water softeners and descaling methods discussed above.
I hope this article helped you clean your washing machine with vinegar and get rid of scale, dirt and bad smell.