Extending the Life of Your Washing Machine

To extend the life of your washing machine and have less maintenance on it, set the machine to the longest and hottest wash cycle. Do not add any clothes or detergent. Instead, pour an entire gallon of white vinegar into the tub at the beginning and allow the machine to go through its entire cycle. If you do this routinely, you will extend the life of your washing machine because vinegar removes scum and hard-water buildup.

By Bobbie from Rockwall, TX

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

So, if vinegar is used in every rinse cycle as part of a home-made fabric sofenter, would it have the same result? Esp. if you also use home-made, non-sudsing soap?

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Yes, thats what I do here. We have very hard water and *knock wood*, no build up in the washer.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

I use a vinegar rinse in 90% of my laundry loads. (front loader) It definitely helps to keep the machine cleaner and it also rinses any leftover detergent out of your clothes as opposed to using fabric softener which just adds more chemicals/yuck to what you wear.

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

yes! Mine is cleaner than it was when we bought it (used)

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

I have heard this tip previously but have never used it. I will have to put it on my to-do list for tomorrow. I was wondering if a cycle through the dishwasher using vinegar only would clean it as well??? I get so many good ideas from this site. Thanks.

Editor's Note: I'm sure it would help.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Set a small bowl of vinegar on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Run the machine through a normal cycle.

The vinegar does clean the dishwasher and helps a lot!

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

thank you I am going to do this tonight. I do my

laundry at night , off peak hours!

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April 24, 20060 found this helpful

WOW! MERCI BEAU COUP.

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April 26, 20060 found this helpful

Okay--it sounds like a great tip, but I'm wondering if the vinegar smell stays? Do you have to do another cycle with no clothes to get rid of the smell?

Thanks!

Glowgirl

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April 26, 20060 found this helpful

GlowGirl -- nope the smell of vinegar will be gone as soon as it dries! Many here love vinegar for it's cleaning properties and for me the only downside is that my house smells like pickles as I'm cleaning, but it's worth it to not have to use harsh, dangerous chemicals around my kids!

Welcome to ThriftyFun!

Rebekah

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December 16, 20060 found this helpful

I was told that by an appliance repairman that vinegar and bleach will dry out seals in the washer!If you don't want to use vinegar, ammonia or bleach (be very careful not to mix them) there is a cleaner called purewasher that is only sold at smellywasher.com / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon. There is a money back guarantee on it, too!

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December 16, 20060 found this helpful

I was told that by an appliance repairman that vinegar and bleach will dry out seals in the washer!If you don't want to use vinegar, ammonia or bleach (be very careful not to mix them) there is a cleaner called purewasher that is only sold at smellywasher.com / This cleaner will clean inside your washer and remove mildew or musty smell from towels and clothes. All you'll need is one tablespoon. There is a money back guarantee on it, too!

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

Try using the bicarb/vinegar solution. This can help to prevent the machine waste pipes clogging up.

Timonty from

http://www.washingmachineadvisor.com

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My new washing machine maintenance advises not to use cold water and to clean the machine once every month. If I do use cold water will that shorten the life of my machine.

Thank you.

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May 19, 20130 found this helpful

I have never used hot water in my machine as it only helps to set any stains, the only problem is when you use

Washing powder as it clogs up the machine, liquid is much better. Using hot or cold water shouldn't make any difference to life of machine.

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May 19, 20130 found this helpful

Is the cold water prohibition only for when you are doing the monthly cleaning? That would make sense-only hottest water is going to clean and (possibly, depends on how hot your machine gets the hot water) sanitise the drum and all the parts exposed to soap, sand, grit, etc.

I have a front load machine that heats its own water, goes up to 90C (194F) which is just below the boiling point. My machine user guide says to run an empty load on a full wash programme at the 90C temp to clear all the soap residue and to sanitise the drum, door, etc. Works a treat, my machine is about 8 years old and still running great.

When I lived in the States I had a top-load washer, the owner's manual also recommended that once-a-month hottest temp clean.

I think the worry you have about shortening your machine lifespan is valid. Not getting all the residue out of your machine will shorten its life.

Another good maintenance tip is to check the inlet filter (usually a small mesh screen in the hose connector. You'd be amazed at what I used to find in there once a month, wow! Sand, soap scum, leaf bits...all kinds of little things that will block the water flow.

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May 19, 20130 found this helpful

I've never heard of a manufacturer requiring the use of cold water. I wonder if you misunderstood.

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