Most homeowners know that air conditioners need proper repair and upkeep, stoves and ovens need regular cleanings and ceiling fans require the occasional dusting. What most of us don't think about cleaning, though, are the appliances we use to wash everything else.
Consider your washing machine, for instance. You load it up with soap and water each week, so do you really need to set aside extra time to clean the machine? It might seem counterintuitive, but the answer is actually yes, especially if you want your washing machine to last as long as possible.
Below, we offer the beginner's guide to cleaning a washing machine, plus a few extra tips for using the machine properly so it lasts as long as possible and makes your cleanings a little less intense. With a little help from you, your washing machine can meet its full lifespan and, what's more, work efficiently and effectively to wash your clothes better and help you save energy.