How to clean a washing machine of soap scum

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How to clean a washing machine of soap scum
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Washing machines, like all other household appliances, need regular care and maintenance to keep them running their best. Although it is counter intuitive, a washing machine needs to be cleaned occasionally to prevent a build up of soap residue and scum. Use these tips to clean your washing machine of soap scum once a month to keep your wash, and your washer, clean.

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Things you need

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring cup
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Set your washing machine to its "hot" setting and "heavy wash" setting or a similar setting meant for extremely dirty cloths. This will set it for maximum agitation. Do not add clothes.

  2. 2

    Add 3 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda to the hot water. Allow the machine to run through its cycle.

  3. 3

    When finished and drained of water, wipe down the inside of the machine with a clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Set the washing machine to "cold" and allow it to go through another cycle without any clothes. This should remove all the soap scum and residue from your washing machine.

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