Clean Your Washer and Dryer

    When cleaning laundry rooms, the washer and dryer should not be overlooked. A dirty machine can emit an unpleasant odor. A dirty dryer can become a fire hazard. Routine cleaning of both helps to maintain good operating systems on both machines. As always, it is best to consult your machine's operating guidelines, but if you do not have them anymore, the following suggestions will help to keep your washer and dryer in top operating performance. If you don’t clean your washer and dryer, ask your cleaning service to do so for you during one of their periodic visits. 


It is important to clean your machine to sanitize it from buildup and bacteria. Appliances see a lot of nasty germs on a regular basis. Thus they also need a good cleaning on a regular basis because our hard Phoenix water can help create a buildup. It is important to clean the machine inside and out.

The most crucial area to clean is the inside. To sanitize the tub, wipe it down first with a damp cloth to remove lint and debris. Next, run your machine as if you are doing a load of laundry, only leave the clothes behind. This wash cycle is only for the machine and not your pile of dirty clothes. Pour in your detergent in the usual way. Add 1 cup of bleach. Set the washer to the long cycle with hot water. Once it has filled and agitated a few times, stop the machine and let the bleach and detergent infused water sit in the washer for twenty minutes. Soaking lets the two chemicals deep clean the tub. After the 20 minutes have passed, turn the machine back on and allow it to complete its process.

To clean a washer with hard buildup, use the same steps outlined above but instead of bleach, use vinegar.  

To clean dirty soap trays, use a toothbrush, dish detergent, and hot water to get in all of the tight corners. The outside of the machine is easily cleaned using a damp cloth and some dish soap.

If this isn't cleaned regularly, it can become a fire hazard.

If this isn't cleaned regularly, it can become a fire hazard.


Start by cleaning the outside and inside the door with a damp cloth.  You can wash the inside tub by using a mixture of mild dish soap and a damp cloth. Simply spray and wipe down the tub. Always make sure to clean the lint trap! Also, make sure that the vent hoses are free of lint and dust as this can be a fire hazard if not regularly checked.

A clean washer and dryer contribute to a healthy family and home. With just a little bit of time, you can ensure that the clothing your family wears is as bacteria free as you can make it and as allergy free as it can be.