How to clean laundry appliances

laundry appliances

If there’s one sure way of increasing the efficiency of your laundry appliances, it’s by cleaning and maintaining them. Sure, you may have purchased energy-efficient appliances. But, unless you clean and maintain them regularly, the efficiency of your appliances will inevitably go down. Not only will you incur more costs, but you’ll also spend more time if you don’t clean your laundry appliances.

So, how exactly do you clean laundry appliances in a proper manner? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out. As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I’ve helped many customers purchase laundry appliances in Perth. And over the years, I have come to know everything there is to know about these appliances, including the proper way to clean and maintain them. So today, I will share some of my knowledge with you.

Continue reading as I explain how to clean your washing machine and clothes dryer properly. By following my advice, you will definitely prolong the life of your laundry appliances and increase their efficiency.

How to clean washing machines (top and front loaders)

Most people simply don’t clean their washing machine often enough. And this is a big mistake. Soap suds, residues and mineral deposits build up in a washing machine in each and every load. And unless you get rid of all this build-up, your washing machine will not run efficiently. Moreover, it will take you longer to wash your clothes as well.

It’s also important to note that cleaning a top load washing machine is slightly different to cleaning a front load washing machine. This is because the build-up differs in each machine.

To clean top load washing machines, you will need white vinegar or bleach, a toothbrush, baking soda and a microfiber cloth. The actual process of cleaning the appliance is pretty simple. Simply set your machine to wash the highest load at the longest wash cycle and hottest water temperature. As your machine runs, use the vinegar/bleach and baking soda and allow it to mix with the water. Allow this solution to soak and clean all internal nooks with your toothbrush. Drain out the water completely after some time and wipe down your appliance with the microfiber cloth.

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To clean front load washing machines, you will need white vinegar, a scrubbing sponge, baking soda and a microfiber cloth. Cleaning front load washing machines are also pretty simple. All you have to do is remove all detachable parts of your appliance and soak them in a solution of vinegar and baking soda. Also, run your appliance at the hottest water and highest load setting and use this same solution for cleaning. Let the water run for about an hour before draining. Make sure to wipe down the insides with the microfiber cloth when you’re done.

How to clean clothes dryers

Clothes dryers, on the other hand, build up lint and dust each time they are used. And unless you remove this build-up, your clothes dryer will run at a lower efficiency, just like your washing machine. In addition to this, your laundry will take longer to dry.

Thankfully, cleaning your clothes dryer is just as simple as cleaning your washing machine. You’ll need a dry cloth, a vacuum cleaner, a damp cloth and soap water solution. To clean your dryer, start off with the unit’s exterior using your damp cloth. Make sure to clean around your buttons and knobs as well. Follow this by cleaning out the drum of the unit using the soap water solution. For hard-to-remove grease, use a little warmed olive oil with your soap solution. Clean the interior of the unit after this using the same soap solution.

With a clothes dryer, you’ll also need to clean the hoses and the vent of the unit. To do this, use your vacuum cleaner to clear out large quantities of dust and lint. Be warned – there’ll be much more lint, dust and gunk than you expect!

While you’re not required to clean your laundry appliances regularly, it’s good practice to do so every now and then. I generally recommend that our laundry appliances be cleaned once every six months.


To increase the efficiency of your laundry appliances, you must clean them periodically. Cleaning your washing machine and clothes dryer is a fairly straightforward process. You’ll need vinegar, baking soda, a toothbrush, a microfiber cloth and a vacuum cleaner for cleaning. By cleaning your appliances once every six months, you’ll certainly increase their efficiency and prolong their life.

And, to purchase energy-efficient laundry appliances in Perth, consider us at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Check out our online store to see our appliances in stock today! If you’re unsure whether to purchase a top load or front load washing machine, this helpful post will help you decide.


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