How Do I Clean Out, My Washing Machine?

Home Inspector with WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com

We use our washing machine to wash our clothes.

How many people ever think,  about washing the washing machine,  in an empty load.   Do enough people realize, that everything, has to be cleaned?  Do people realize, that everything gets dirty and many things can even grow Mold and the growth has a way of building up with growth and dirt and debris if you do not maintain your washing machine.  So, when was the last time you cleaned, your washing machine.  Let's find out.


David Snell gets a clean rag, some white distilled vinegar, some baking soda and gets them ready to use.  He starts off wiping the outside of the washing machine with a damp rag that has a big of white distilled vinegar on it.  He wipes the inside of the unit with it as well as the outside and this includes the back of the washing machine. He does this about every six months to make sure the washing machine is clean on the outside and inside.  He then takes out a bit of liquid soap from the soap dispenser, if it is full, and adds in white distilled vinegar and some baking soda and runs the unit on hot water, and fills the washing machine to the top with hot water to run its cycle.  You want to add this in the soap dispenser, so the dispenser gets cleaned out and purged.  It is always best to do this when the soap dispenser is empty or close to empty so you can make sure it gets cleaned out.

Everything gets dirty in life.  Everything needs to be maintained if you want it to last.  Depending on how often you use your washing machine, depends on how often you will need to clean it.  I do about 3 loads a week so I clean my washing machine about every 6 months


Another helpful hint is your washing machine hoses.  Are they the black rubber hoses or stainless steel braided hoses?  If you have the rubber hoses, realize that these hoses are under constant pressure.  The hot water hose is usually the one that in my experience, breaks first.  It is under pressure and under the heat of course.  Consider changing your black rubber hoses, about every 2 or 3 years or get the stainless steel rubber hoses.  You can buy the stainless steel hoses at a hard ware department store in the plumbing area.  The hoses are worth there weight in goal and some thing I suggest to folks all the time.


My name is David Snell and I am the owner and operator of Executive Restoration LLC, that is based out of Charlotte North Carolina.  I have been in business since 1987 and I am very passionate about what I do and offer.  If you think you have an issue with Water Damage or Mold Damage or need an Inspection, call up the 

Mold Man with Executive Restoration, that is based out of Mint Hill/Charlotte North Carolina.  David will be happy to assist you by helping you on the phone if he can or he will help you if you want to make an appointment with him so, he can come out to do an inspection to see what you need.







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Comments (3)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, David... I clean out my washing machine every single month (whether it needs it or not! 😉) Oh, and my dishwasher, too!

Jul 07, 2021 04:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello David - proper maintenance helps protect.  Whether our personal selves or our personal property, each can last longer.  And perform better.  

Jul 07, 2021 04:57 AM
David Snell 704.545.0098
WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com - Charlotte, NC

I try to educate my clients this all the time.  When they get a water back up or a water leak, they then remember to do it but it is too late.  

Michael and Nina,  I admire both of you for maintaining.  Well done.


Jul 08, 2021 05:05 AM