Tips and Tricks

How to Clean Your Washing Machine Using the Tub Clean Cycle

May 29, 2024

Moldy Frontloader Door

Many modern washers have a self-cleaning mode also known as the tub clean cycle. If your washer has this setting, use it. Did you know that cleaning your washer can prolong its life and help reduce maintenance issues, not to mention nasty odors and mold? We offer some tips for washing the washer using the tub clean cycle.

Before trying the following steps, always check your manufacturer’s instructions. 

Prepare for Tub Clean

First things first, remove any debris and grime that you can with a rag. Wipe away any grime and mold that might be sticking to the tub or door. Pay special attention to front loader doors as the sealant can hide mold and other buildup.

Remove and Clean the Detergent Tray

If your washing machine has a removable detergent tray, remove it following manufacturer’s instructions, wash and rinse, and replace.

Run a Self-Cleaning Cycle

Run this cycle without any laundry. However, be forewarned as this cycle on some models of washers can take a few hours. You can run this cycle with or without specially formulated tub cleaners—just don’t use laundry detergent. Here’s why:

Ditch Detergent

Don’t use laundry detergent to clean the tub of your washer. Laundry detergent is for laundry and can build up a residue inside the hoses and other components of the washer; and over time it can provide a moist environment for mold and bacteria to grow.  

Use Tub Cleaner Instead

Where laundry detergent is specially formulated to clean organic and synthetic fibers of fabrics, tub cleaners like Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner or OxiClean Washing Machine Cleaner are formulated to break up residue that detergent leaves behind and descale any mineral buildup. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using these products.

Wipe It Dry

After running a cleaning cycle, wipe down the interior of the washer. With a dry, absorbent towel (cotton works best) wipe down the inside of the tub, the agitator (if a top loader), the sealant (if a front loader), and the door. Wiping away as much moisture as possible helps to slow the return of any odors and mildew that may have been lingering in the washer.

Keep Dry After Every Use

Between these cleaning cycles, always wipe the washer dry. This is just a good practice to help reduce the moisture that bacteria, mold, and other microbes need to propagate and cause any odors.

Running a cleaning cycle is beneficial for your equipment and your laundry. You may notice a fresher result after each wash due to the moldy residues and other buildup being cleaned out.

Cleaning cycles take enough of your time to complete. While you deal with maintenance, send the laundry away to be done by professionals. Mango Fresh Laundry offers a highly trusted laundry pickup and delivery service. We can pick up and handle your laundry while you handle your washer’s maintenance needs.

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