Washers and Dryers: Our Best Tips for a Spotless Pair

Washers and Dryers: Our Best Tips for a Spotless Pair
Washers and dryers deserve a little TLC every now and then too.

Oftentimes washers and dryers are two of the most overlooked appliances when it comes to regular housekeeping. Sometimes running more than once a day, these well-used home appliances don’t always get the attention they deserve. Regularly cleaning your washer and dryer can ensure cleaner clothes. It can also extend the lifespan of your duo. To help get you into the habit of cleaning your best appliances on the regular, we’ve compiled a couple of tips. 


Top Loading Washers

Although it may seem as though washers are self-cleaning, they’re not. They collect the dirt and debris that’s removed from your soiled clothing and linens, and those particles usually stick around during future wash cycles. Try some of these tips to get your top load washer in tip-top shape:

  • If you have a sanitize cycle, use it on an empty load. This method requires no extra detergents or cleaning solutions as the water should get hot enough to completely sanitize the machine. 
  • If your machine doesn’t have a sanitize function, select a cycle with the hottest water possible. Once the drum is full, add a couple cups of vinegar with half a cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to sit for 30 minutes then finish the cycle. 
  • Finally, use a toothbrush or rag and hot soapy water to clean out the bleach, detergent, and fabric softener dispensers. 


Front Loading Washers

The nooks and crannies on a front load washing machine can become a source of headache for some appliance owners. To avoid this, try some of these helpful cleaning tips:

  • Always remove wet clothes as soon as the wash cycle is over. Clothes and towels that sit for long periods of time create musty smells and mildew. 
  • Allow the door to remain ajar when not in use. Circulating air reduces the likelihood of mold and mildew build-up.
  • At least biweekly, clean the rubber seal on the front door using a water and vinegar solution (one part of each) to prevent bad odours caused by mildew and mold. Wipe out the drum using the solution as well. 
  • Once a month, pour vinegar into the detergent dispenser, add one cup of baking soda to the drum, and run the machine on the hottest cycle. 

Does your washer still smell musty? Check out our previous washers and dryers post for a little more insight into what the problem could be: Does Your Front Load Washer Smell Musty? A Vernon Appliance Store’s Solution



Dryers require a little less attention than washing machines, but there are still a few steps to take to ensure they remain in good condition. 

  • Empty the lint screen every time you use the dryer. 
  • Clean the dryer vent every few months or so. Make sure to disconnect the dryer from power first. 
  • Clean the moisture sensors located in the drum with a cotton swab and alcohol every couple of months. 


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