You use portable washing machines to clean your dirty clothes, but the washing machine itself needs cleaning from time to time.
As you wash your clothes, some of the dirt from the clothes accumulates inside your portable washing machines. An odor may develop, and the dirt may get onto the next round of clothes that you are washing.
There are, of course, commercial cleaning agents for cleaning your washing machines, but these agents are expensive. Portable washing machines are meant to be cheap, so it doesn’t make sense to spend on expensive cleaning products on them, especially when you can inexpensively clean them yourself.
You should start cleaning your washing from the inside out, which is quite logical, much as you would clean your car. While cleaning the inside of the portable washing machine, you could rest wet hands on the exterior, thus leaving watermarks. So it is better to clean from the inside out.
You don’t have to spend money on expensive cleaning agents. Home-made solvents can be just as efficient with a proper cleaning regime, and they are pure everyday liquids that can be found in the kitchen.
First, make your cleaning agent by adding one part of hot water to one part of white vinegar. Use this solution to clean the grooves and edges of the door and also the rims of the holes on the inner washtub. These are the areas where dirt usually accumulates. Mold and algae tend to grow along these regions. Before you start cleaning your portable washing machines, just make sure that you unplug your machine in case someone accidentally switches it on while you are at it.
After cleaning the small corners, you can proceed to rinse your machine using the rinse function of the machine. Fill the portable washing machine with a full load of water and add lemon juice to it. Run a complete cycle of wash and spin for the lemon water to rid your machine of any rust and grime.
After the rinse cycle, you can fill the portable washing machine to its maximum capacity again, this time with vinegar and baking soda to get rid of any odor in the washing machine. You can let the soda and vinegar soak in the machine for around half to one hour before using the wash and rinse cycle to expel them from the portable washing machine.
If there are any stains on your portable washing machines, you can also add bleach to the water and let it soak in the washing machine before rinsing the machine. At the end of your washing, you can add a final round of hot water into the washing machine and finish the cleaning with a rinse and spin cycle to wash out any remaining solvents.
Not only must you wash the machine interior, but you also have to clean the small parts like the detergent dispenser. You can remove the container and soak them in a bucket of warm water with vinegar. A small brush can also be used to remove the build-up of grime and dirt. After cleaning them, rinse them thoroughly with water and dry them with paper towels before re-installing them into the machine.
Lastly, you can wipe clean the exterior of your portable washing machine with a cloth soaked in the vinegar solution with a hot mater. Clean the corners, sides, pipe connections, drains, and the other parts of the exterior. When that is done, be sure to dry the machine with a dry towel to avoid watermarks.
You don’t have to clean your portable washing machines every day, but you should clean them at least once every two weeks to prevent odors and dirt from getting too thick in your portable washing machines.
By taking care of your portable washing machines, you can extend their useful life and make them wash your clothes better. Take good care of your portable washing machines today.