Maytag washers make keeping clothes clean and spotless easier for busy lifestyles, and with proper maintenance, they can last years. Unsightly buildup, however, can cause mold or unattractive odors to taint the washer. These simple tips fight buildup and odor, ensuring your clothes come out smelling fresh every time.
Check washer parts that come in regular contact with detergent and fabric softener for any buildup. Clean this out with a washer-safe cleanser and a soft cloth. Some places to check include pipes, the seals around the lid and the detergent intake areas. Leave the lid or door slightly open when not in use to allow the basin to dry out completely to prevent mold.
Examine cracks and soft sections, such as the sealant around the door, for any trapped items. Small pieces of cloth, such as socks, underwear and washcloths, can easily become stuck here, holding water and detergent in place and allowing bacteria to grow. Check after each load to prevent odor.
This washer repair help tip requires chlorine bleach, although washer-safe cleaner or your washer's self-clean cycle can be used instead. Use 1 to 2 cups of chlorine, and run a full cycle in the appliance. You may need to run a second cycle without any clothes or additional chemicals after that to fully clean out any residual chlorine.
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