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April 12, 2014

Spring clean your cleaning appliances for upkeep

Spring has finally arrived and thoughts have turned to the annual spring cleaning that makes all things fresh and new. Most people think about cleaning their appliances like refrigerators, stoves and microwaves. But what about cleaning those appliances you use to clean with? Here are a few tips on getting your cleaning giants in tip top shape for their big season!Washing Machine:• Wipe the outside of your washer with a soft cloth and a mild solution of soap. This is especially important if you use the washer lid as a landing station for your laundry.• Whenever a load of wash is extremely dirty and leaves a bit of residue on the interior or inner tub of your washer, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe it clean.• If your washer is equipped with a lint filter, remove all lint accumulation on a regular basis such as once a week.• Clean the bleach and fabric softener dispensers as soon as they show any sign of dirt or residue. Avoid using laundry detergent to clean the fabric softener dispenser since it may interact with the fabric softener the next time you use it.• If your washing machine is set up to drain into a laundry tub, you should have a strainer placed in the drain to gather all traces of lint and larger particles of dirt. Placing an old nylon (knee-high or pantyhose) over the end of your drain pipe will catch debris before it can clog your drain.• Clean the washing machine about once a month by running a hot water cycle with bleach. Be sure that you do not use more than the recommended dosage of bleach for your washer. This information may be visible on the bleach dispenser or in the washer’s manual.• Clean underneath the lid of the washer using a soft cloth or sponge and clean water or a mild soap solution. While you are at it, clean the top of the washer that sits beneath the lid as well.• If you have hard water and mineral deposits have appeared on your machine, refer to your manual for removal instructions. If you do not have the manual, you can search online for possible suggestions. Certain types of materials may not react well to specific cleaning methods; therefore, it is essential that you check before you use anything such as vinegar or a cleaning agent that includes vinegar.

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