When I took a load of laundry out of the dryer last night there were grease looking spots on nearly every piece of clothing. This has happened over the years, and sometimes I thought it was the laundry soap, other times the dryer, sometimes I blamed the washing machine. I looked in my washing machine and around the rim was pretty gunky looking. I decided to clean the machine. I have a top loading washing machine, and have no advice for a front loader.
To do this I do the following:
1. Run the hottest longest biggest cycle with just water and 1 quart of bleach. Leave the lid open so it doesn't rinse and let it set for about 2 hours, or in my case over night.
2. I put on gloves then use the bleach water and a magic eraser to scrub a dub all the areas I can.
3. close the lid and let it finish the wash/rinse cycle
Next I repeat these step except I use vinegar instead of bleach with the hottest, longest, biggest load cycle and I used a gallon of vinegar, but really a quart will do. I took apart my fabric softener dispenser from the agitator and let it soak down in the water once it was done agitating as well.
Again, let it sit for a couple hours. I then went in with blue scratch pad and scrubbed all the areas.
Then let it finish out the cycle.
While the washing machine was finishing the rinse cycle I took the opportunity to use the rag soaked with vinegar water to wipe down the outside of my washing machine and dryer.
While wiping down the dryer I thought about how it isn't drying as well any longer, and figure I need to clean out the lint trap.
So I took the dryer apart and used a dryer lint brush (I don't know what it's really called) and went to town cleaning out the door.
|That is the brush next to the pile of lint from the door.|
|Seriously, all that was in the door. I would like to add I clean my lint filter after every single load.|
After putting all that in the trash. I vacuumed out any little bits of lint, then put the front panel back on my dryer.
While doing all this cleaning I decided I should go ahead and wash the lint trap filter.
Did you know fabric softener will build up on it making a film that will hold water. It wasn't too bad but it did hold some water. I used dishsoap and a soft brush to scrub a dub it, rinsed it well then dried it off with a paper towel.
Water didn't stand after its washing. Which also means air will flow thru it better.
I did take a look at the dryer vent hose and think I'll be having my hubs change that out. We have clear hose and it is looking pretty full of lint. I am not interested in a dryer fire, so this is an important step.
It didn't take long or much effort to any of this, maybe 30 minutes to clean out the dryer, altho I have done this several times, I do think the first time takes a bit longer.
Cleaning the washing machine should take care of the spots that have been happening, and hopefully the dryer will be more efficient.
Just a little bit of time to make things work better and last longer.
I'm gonna go rest now! ha ha !
Have a blessed day!