Things You Don't Think to Clean: A Washing Machine

Published on
October 20, 2023
Sign up for our newsletter
Share this media

So, you have a washing machine to clean your clothing, bedding, and towels. But have you ever stopped to think, "Hey, what about the machine itself?" It's easy to forget, but your washing machine can also get grimy, and when it does, it's about more than unpleasant odors or a less-than-perfect spin cycle. We're talking about mold, bacteria, and even a decrease in the machine's performance.


So, why should you make washing the inside of your washing machine a regular part of your cleaning routine? Good question! Let's break it down:


1. Kick out the Gunk: First off, cleaning helps remove the nasty trio of dirt, grime, and bacteria that love to accumulate over time. You wouldn't want those hanging around, would you?


2. Bye-bye Bad Smells: Ever opened your washing machine and gotten a whiff of something less than fresh? Regular cleaning helps you dodge those unpleasant odors for good.


3. Mold Be Gone: No one likes mold, especially not in the machine that cleans your clothes. A good scrub prevents that icky stuff from growing.


4. Boost Your Machine's Mojo: Believe it or not, a clean washing machine performs better. So, if you want those clothes clean, ensure the machine is up to snuff.


5. A Longer Life: Like any appliance, your washing machine will last longer if you take good care of it. Think of regular cleaning as a little TLC that extends your machine's lifespan.


You're doing more than just a chore by tackling the washing machine's insides with this mindset. You're boosting efficiency, dodging potential health issues, and making a long-term investment in the longevity of your appliance. How's that for multitasking?


Certainly, let's consolidate everything into a comprehensive guide:

 

So you've got the scoop on why cleaning your washing machine's drum and its various nooks and crannies is crucial. Now, let's dive into this adventure's "how-to" part. Cleaning the innards of your washing machine isn't rocket science, but there are a few areas you should pay close attention to.

 

How to Clean Your WashingMachine Drum

You've got two main options to get that drum back to its pristine state:


1. Go Commercial: A wide array of commercial cleaners are specifically designed for washing machine drums. If you go this route, follow the instructions on the label, and you're golden.

2. Old-School Vinegar: White vinegar will do the trick for a more natural touch. Pour two cups into the detergent dispenser and run a hot cycle. If you're dealing with stubborn smells, throw a half cup of baking soda into the drum before running the cycle.


More Than Just the Drum

The drum isn't the only part that needs a little TLC. Here's how to tackle the other components that no doubt need attention:

1. Detergent Dispenser: Remove it and soak it in hot, soapy water for 15-20 minutes. A toothbrush can help you scrub away any stubborn residue. Rinse and dry before reinstalling.

2. Door Gasket: That rubber seal around the door is a haven for gunk and mildew. Clean it with a damp cloth and some mild soap. A toothbrush can be used for the more difficult spots.

3. Lint Filter: Most washers have a filter to catch lint. Pull it out, rinse it under running water, and use that toothbrush again for any stubborn areas.

4. Rinse and Repeat: After you've conquered the interior, run a rinse cycle to wash away any residue from the vinegar or baking soda.


How Often Should You Clean?

·        Consider a monthly cleaning, but clean it at least quarterly.

·        Heavy use? (Think families with kids or pets) ramp up the frequency.


By committing to this regimen, you're not just cleaning the machine; you're prolonging its life, ensuring it runs efficiently, and, most importantly, guaranteeing that it does its primary job well: washing your clothes.

 

 

No items found.

Get email updates

Don't miss out on the latest from the ChirpChirp team.

Frequently chirped questions

Questions pop up when you are exploring new things. So, we've compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions right here for your convenience.

But don't forget to check out our FAQ page as well where you'll find answers to questions we believe you should be asking.

And if you still have queries, click below to ask. We're here to  your chirpify your journey with us so it's a piece of cake. So, ask away and let's get chirping! 💬

What will the cleaning pros do each cleaning visit?

We'll take care of the tasks in the package you choose each and every visit. If you want any additional tasks on some or all visits, let us know and leave the rest to us.

Does the first visit cost more than the other visits?

Absolutely not! At ChirpChirp, all visits cost the same, regardless of whether it's the first, second, or any other visit.

Is the first visit different from the subsequent visits?

Yes, indeed! The first visit with any of our packages comes with a special touch: we go the extra mile by hand washing all the woodwork during the initial visit. Washing the woodwork adds that extra touch of excellence to make your home shine. From the second visit onwards, you'll continue to enjoy the comprehensive cleaning tasks included in your chosen package, all while experiencing the high level of care and attention to detail that we're proud to offer.

What are the subscription benefits?

Our subscription service comes with a bevy of benefits tailored just for you. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Scheduled Cleanings: Enjoy the convenience of having cleanings scheduled based on the frequency you choose – every 1, 2, or 4 weeks. For ChirpChirp, you'll get a preferred arrival window, while Chirp+ and Clean packages offer a choice of AM or PM arrival.
  • Simplified Billing: Say goodbye to multiple payments! With our flat rate price billed monthly, you'll receive one charge on your credit or debit card each month, including the first visit.
  • Complimentary Chirptastic Refills: In between our visits, we've got you covered with free refills of our Chirptastic cleaning solution. Keep your home looking its best at all times.
  • Priority Rescheduling: Life happens and plans might change. Rest easy knowing that you have priority rescheduling options via text, email, or phone whenever you need to make a change to your cleaning schedule.
  • ChirpPerks: As a subscriber, get ready for some delightful surprises with ChirpPerks! You'll get exclusive treats to brighten your day.

Right on!

Why a subscription and not just charge when you clean?

The subscription model is a win-win for everyone involved!

With ChirpChirps's subscription service, say goodbye to worrying about scheduling and enjoy the convenience of a reliable, consistent cleaning routine.

On our end, the subscription model provides stability, allowing us to invest in enhancing our services and continually improving and innovating to make the service experience even better for both you and our hardworking cleaning pros and office team.

With a single, neat payment each month, you get top-notch service and peace of mind, while we get the opportunity to keep exceeding your expectations. It's all about creating a harmonious partnership where everyone benefits.

Are your Chirptastic solutions green?

Yes! Our Chirptastic products are indeed green. They are cleaner, safer, greener, better for everyone (people, pets, and the planet)!

What if I want a single visit?

If you're looking for a single visit rather than our subscription service, we have a perfect solution for you! We'll set you up with our sister company, Maid Brigade, who will take great are of your one-time or on-call cleanings. Shoot over to www.maidbrigade.cleaning or call (914) 741-0552 for Maid Brigade's 5 star service!

How do I get my free cleaning visits?

ChirpChirp's ChirpPerks is a bonus bonanza that dishes out a whole month's worth of complimentary cleaning sessions sprinkled throughout the year. The more often you have us clean, the more free cleanings come your way.

Here's the scoop:

Go weekly and you are cleaned four times in most months. But when a month stretches to five weeks, that fifth one on us.

Bi-weekly?  Enjoy two sessions per month typically. Sneaky three-week months? No worries, the third one is our treat.

If you are on the schedule every 4 weeks, revel in one pristine performance eleven out of twelve months but the one where there's two cleanings, the second one is complimentary.