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Whirlpool washing machines need regular maintenance to prevent issues with the cleaning process. Strong, mildewy smells and dirt on the inside of the tub can cause your clothes to come out soiled or smelly. Regular cleaning of the tub also prevents clogs in the water pump and in the filter system, which may cause drainage problems or prevent water from entering the washing tub. Cleaning your washing machine once a month prevents smells and clogging issues.
Spray the inside of the washing tub with an all-purpose bathroom cleaner and wipe the inside down with an old rag to remove hairs and other debris.
Remove the lint filter from your machine by pulling it out of the machine. Remove the lint from the trap by hand. Refer to your washing machine owner's manual for the specific location of the lint filter on your model.
Add 2 cups of vinegar to the basin of the machine and turn on the machine with the dials set to a large, hot load setting. Let the machine run through a wash and rinse cycle.
Add 2 cups of bleach to the machine and run another cycle.
Remove the detergent dispenser tray from the machine and soak it in a bucket full of water and bleach to remove any mould or mildew.
Pull out the detergent tray from the machine by pulling it out and pressing down the release tabs. Clean it with a domestic bathroom spray cleaner, or dip it in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of bleach diluted into it if there is mould on the tray. Use a toothbrush to get to small crevices.
Wipe down the outside of the machine with a regular bathroom spray cleaner and an old rag. Do not spray the cleaner near the control panel; instead, spray the rag with the cleaner and wipe the control panel down. Spraying at the control panel may cause water to get behind it.
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