How Often Do You Clean a Washer?

With so many things to do in a day it can be hard to find time to take care of the “stink monster” living in your washing machine. But when your laundry comes out of the dryer and it smells like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, you know it’s time to clean your machine.


In this article we will discuss:


1: Why washing machines start to stink

2: How often to clean your machine

3: How to keep your washing machine clean longer 


Washing machines are almost an ideal place for germs to grow. Even though you might run multiple cycles a day with detergent each time, it’s not going to kill all the germs in your machine. The combination of dampness and darkness makes your washing machine a haven for germ growth. 


According to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory “Bacteria are among the fastest reproducing organisms in the world, doubling every 4 to 20 minutes.” That means that just one day after you cleaned your washing machine, the germs causing your machine to stink could regrow and be as strong as ever if you don't take the right precautions. 


We recommend cleaning your machine at least once a month just as basic maintenance and to make sure germs don't go unchecked for to long. Additionally if you wash anything that you know was bad news like a dirty apron or soiled britches, you may want to consider cleaning your washing machine again after that. If a washing machine starts to stink that's a key sign of buildup in your machine, so you should clean your washing machine as needed as well.


We know that people have busy lives and they have a lot of chores to do. That’s why we made our deep washing machine cleaner Eco-Swirlz to be easy and fast. All you have to do is pop two tablets in the machine and let it run. Bleach is another great solution for cleaning a machine if not as eco-friendly. In either case, a monthly cleaning of your washing machine will extend the life of your washer and save you a lot of time and water trying to rewash stinky clothes. 


In between washes of your washer you should always leave the door open to your machine which will keep your machine clean for longer. Letting it air out will allow the water to evaporate and create an hostile environment for germs. Leaving the door open on your machine will ensure that you don't have to clean your machine more than is absolutely necessary. 


Having a regular schedule of cleaning will help your washer to never stink and be ready to use whenever you have a big load of laundry to do. It will help your clothes come out cleaner and fresher while being more safe for your household. Sounds like some great benefits!


Hopefully you found this to be useful in deciding how often to clean your washing machine as well as learning some helpful tips in keeping it clean!