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Making sure your washing machine is ready for COVID-19

Oleg Chudnovski, CEO

Technically Reviewed by Oleg Chudnovski, CEO on Oct 09, 2023 | Written by Igal Geiler

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HOW-TO Guide

The pandemic is upon us, and it means more than you think, especially when it comes to our household cleaning machines that are there to do their job as needed. We at Fix Appliances CA thought it would be perfect timing to remind us all how to keep our washing machine clean & disinfected. After all, viruses can survive on surfaces for very long periods.

Believe it or not, most recent polls show that people do not tend to clean their washing machines and even dryers, which may lead to bacteria reproduction, bad smell and worst case scenario: the machine won’t do the intended job. So here are some tips we gathered from top appliance dispatchers on how to maintain your washing machine, especially when it comes to viruses such as Coronavirus (COVID-19) that can survive days on your clothes.

You see dirt, we see bacteria.
It sounds so obvious, but some of us tend to ignore dirt seen on the gasket and the doors of it. The “it will go away on the next run” excuse won’t do it.
How to: take a small-sized towel and white vinegar from your shelf in the kitchen, soak the towel with vinegar and gently scrub the dirt on the glass door & the drum. Another important area to disinfect is the rubber between the door and the drum. Make sure to clean the gaps and take out all the dirt stuck in the rubber itself.

Making sure your washing machine is ready for COVID-19

After about 30 minutes, you can take another small tower or paper towel, soak it with some water and go over it again to make sure it’s clean and disinfected (you can use a toothbrush to clean areas you can not reach with your hands inside the drum & the rubber).

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Load the Washer With Some Disinfection Substances

Your washing machine must clean itself from the inside as dirt & bacteria are surely settled inside the tubes and under the drum.
How to: grab 500 grams of baking soda and another 1 litre of vinegar, as you will have to load your washing machine with it. Now, please follow one of those steps depending on your washing machine type:

For a Front-Load Machine

Pour the 1 litre of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser while the baking soda goes to the softener dispenser.
For a top-loading washing machine: let the machine run for a few minutes and then add the components to the washing machine altogether. Continue the program for another minute and halt it for 30 minutes so the mixture will soak for a period of time. Tap to continue the program afterwards.

Unleash “Hell Program” Upon Your Machine

If you thought the 90-degree program on your washing machine was there to show its barely used capabilities, now it’s time to use it.
Choose the longest & most efficient program on your washing machine, and let it run for 2-3 hours with the vinegar and baking soda to disinfect your machine completely.

We at Fix Appliances would like to help and support every household in North America. That way, we can ensure we do our best to help you keep yourself and your family safe against COVID-19. As proud as we are, we believe it’s necessary to stand with each other, even when explaining the basics of cleaning the washing machine to customers.

If You Have Any Questions Regarding Appliance Disinfection or Repairs?

Our washer repair experts will solve any issue with your broken appliance.

With proper use, care and maintenance of your top-load or front-load washing machine, you should experience many trouble-free years of operation. If you do encounter problems with your washer not spinning or other issues, contact us online or by calling 1-888-242-0777 today.

Date of page creation: April 10, 2020

Page update date: October 09, 2023

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Top Frequently Asked Questions

Disinfecting your washing machine is crucial to prevent the growth of bacteria, bad odors, and ensure it functions effectively. During the pandemic, it's especially important as viruses like COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, including your clothes.
While baking soda and vinegar are effective and safe options, you can also use commercial washing machine cleaners or specialized disinfectants recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines to avoid damaging your machine.
It's recommended to clean and disinfect your washing machine every 1-2 months for maintenance. However, if you're concerned about virus transmission, consider doing it more frequently, especially if you're washing items potentially exposed to COVID-19, like face masks or clothing from public places.

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